Auburn Baseball Off to Best Start in 22 Years
Casey Mize was named the SEC Player of the Week after tossing Auburn's ninth complete-game no-hitter Saturday (photo: Anthony Hall/Auburn Athletics )
While most Auburn fans have been following the renaissance of Auburn basketball, the baseball team has taken off on one of its best starts in program history. In fact, the Tigers’ 15–1 record is the second best start ever. After sweeping through their first 15 games, the Tigers suffered a one-run loss Sunday to Northeastern. But the loss is just a bump in the road for a team that is firing on all cylinders.
The team bats are on an absolute tear, having produced 147 runs through 16 games while posting 19 home runs to match the total of the first 40 games last year. The Tigers’ runs scored (9.2 runs per game) lead the conference and rank fifth in the country.
The Tigers hammered nine home runs on the week, including six in the series-clinching win on Saturday.Those six homers were the most in a game in eight years.
Pitching sensation Casey Mize struck out the first 10 batters he faced Friday on his way to completing Auburn’s first no-hitter since 2002. The junior threw 105 pitches and is SEC Pitcher of the Week for his performance.
It’s been a great start for a team that few had respect for in the preseason. The Tigers were picked to finish 12th in the league this year. But then again, the Auburn basketball team was also picked to finish near the bottom, and it will be playing in the NCAA Tournament this Friday. I suspect the baseball Tigers will likewise confound the pundits and make it to the post season. Dare I say … “Omaha?”
At any rate we get to see just how accurate that preseason prediction will be as the Tigers open SEC play against Texas A&M this weekend at Plainsman Park. But first the Tigers have to complete home games against Georgia Tech (9–6) today and Memphis (6–10) Wednesday. Today’s game with the Yellow Jackets will start at 6:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on SEC Network+.
Beat the Jackets!