Auburn Loses Heartbreaker in Opening Round of College World Series
Auburn third baseman Edouard Julien (10) hits a 3-run homer against Mississippi State in the 2019 College World Series. (photo:USA TODAY Sports)
Edouard Julien had almost single handily put the Tigers(38–27) in a position to win with a two-run homer and run-scoring single to put Auburn up 4–1 heading to the bottom of the ninth, yet, the Tigers fell 5–4 to the No. 6 Bulldogs (52–-13).
Julien had a chance to win the game when he fielded a two-out grounder for the possible game-winning third out, but the third baseman overthrew the bag to allow the tying run to score.
It was a disheartening way to lose after the underdog Tigers had led the entire game. No one feels worse than Julien, but the sophomore did his part for Auburn to come ever so close.
Mississippi State’s SEC Pitcher of the Year, Ethan Small, could not handle Julien and the Tiger batters while Jack Owen, Richard Fitts, and Tanner Burns kept the Dogs at bay most of the night. But it was all for naught.
Now coach Butch Thompson has to find away to get this bunch to put the loss behind them because they will be facing a tough Louisville team in an elimination game on Tuesday. Starter Jack Owen probably unavailable after only one day of rest.
Facing a team that narrowly lost to No. 1 Vanderbilt on Sunday will be a tough challenge, but that’s the hand Auburn’s been dealt. Now the Tigers have to play it out.
Go Tigers, beat the Cardinals!
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