Auburn Baseball is Back – Tigers Win Opening Game in Front of Sellout Crowd
Conor Davis Drove in a Run in Auburn's win over Illinois-Chicago. (photo: Auburn Athletics)
With chilly mornings and frost still on the ground, it’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s time for America’s sport, at least on the college level. Baseball is back on the Plains. Auburn opened the 2020 season Saturday with a 5–3 win over Illinois-Chicago in front of a full house.
Tanner Burns and Cody Greenhill combined to strike out 13 batters and allowed only four hits and two walks. However, it was the bats that gave coach Butch Thompson the most satisfaction. “I think we’re hitting the ball harder than we have as a group, maybe since I have been here,” said Thompson. “I hope that trend continues. I’m going more off of what I have seen these last two or three weeks … I felt good about our at-bats. Just the two strike is what I was thankful for tonight. Even though we got off some good swings tonight, I think there’s more in there.”
Steven Williams and Ryan Bliss led the offense, producing two hits and one RBI apiece, while Conor Davis reached base three times and drove in a run.
Auburn’s third largest Opening Day crowd of 3,753 really encouraged the players. “That was big time to see the fans come out,” Bliss said. “Hopefully, the support continues.”
Fans can watch the two teams play a doubleheader Saturday with the purchase of one ticket. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT. If you are in the area, why not come out and enjoy a day of peanuts, cracker jacks, and Auburn baseball?