Auburn Baseball is Playing in the Zone
Tiger bats came alive in Tuscaloosa, and Josh Anthony hit a two-run homer during the second game of Alabama's loss to No. 19 Auburn on Saturday (Vasha Hunt/AL.com)
The Auburn Baseball team appeared to be in the zone last week with a 12–2 beat down of UAB. Question was, could the Tigers continue the high level of play against SEC competition?
The answer came resoundingly over the weekend as the Tigers went on the road and swept Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the first time since 1976. Auburn pounded the Crimson Tide 44–10 in the three-game series. The 44 runs were the most given up by Alabama in program history. The Auburn baseball team was definitely in the zone.
We often hear about players being in the zone. But what does playing in the zone mean? It means playing without fear and with so much focus that success comes with every thing you do.
Coach Butch Thompson intimated his players were “in the zone” in Tuscaloosa. “All three games, that was about as complete as we’ve been and as business-like as I’ve seen our guys on the road,” Thompson said. ” Pitching wise, our at-bats, even as things were getting out of hand, we stayed locked in.”
Casey Mize picked up his eighth win in game one while passing Tim Hudson for eighth on the all-time strikeout list with 262. However, everybody expects that of the best pitcher in college baseball. On the other hand, even freshmen Tanner Burns and Cody Greenhill were at the top of their game. The two combined in game two to shut out Alabama for the first time in Tuscaloosa since 1980.
Auburn hit .380 for the series as twenty four Tigers had hits over the weekend. Even the team’s six through nine hitters went 10-for-18 with 10 runs scored and nine RBI’s in game three. “It was a very complete weekend for us,” said Thompson. “Hopefully we can keep competing hard and stay focused.” Or in other words … stay in the zone.
Auburn continued its winning streak with a 7–2 defeat of Samford Tuesday night. The Tigers travel to Gainesville Thursday to play No. 1 Florida. First pitch will be at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU.