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Auburn’s Davis Daniel to the Rescue?

By on March 13th, 2017 in Baseball, News 3 Comments »
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Daniel Davis threw Auburn's sixth shutout of the season Sunday at Plainsman Park. (photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Auburn baseball’s chances at playing in the post season improved on Sunday when Davis Daniel pitched a three-hit game to defeat Presbyterian. The righthander came to Auburn as one of the top recruits in the state of Alabama. However, he struggled in his first four games and brought a 6.75 ERA to the mound yesterday.

But the freshman appeared to find his groove Sunday, throwing 60 of  92 pitches for strikes, striking out eight batters, and allowing only three hits and two walks in Auburn’s 8–0 victory over the Blue Hose. It was the Tigers’ sixth shutout of the season, a stat that leads the nation.

Daniel’s dominating performance was good news for a team that until yesterday hasn’t had anyone to show they could be depended on for shoring up the depth in the rotation. “I thought he had a great week,” said head coach Butch Thompson. “It’s good to see him moving in the direction of progress and for it to be so positive for him.”

Pitching is the key to being a contender and Auburn has three of the best hurlers in the NCAA in Keegan Thompson, Casey Mize and Cole Lipscomb. However, the Tigers’ (12–5) early season loses have been due to a lack of depth behind those three. Maybe Daniel will be what Thompson needs to get the Tigers’ rotation some solid relief.

At any rate, Daniel’s breakout performance couldn’t have come at a more opportune time as Auburn opens  SEC play at home Friday against the No. 2 Florida Gators.  But first, the Tigers will have to play UAB on Tuesday and Jacksonville State on Wednesday. First pitch against the Blazers will be at 3:00 pm CT.

3 Comments

  1. gary says:

    I love Auburn in all sports and especially Auburn academics. now football and softball are my favorite sports. to me auburn football has got to identify itself and stick with the plan that was originally put in place and not change the plan each week (I understand that game plans do change with each opponent each week). now coach myers has his game under control. I see how he is bringing ms swindle around to be the future starting pitcher and how he is using all the players by starting and substituting players in different classes (freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors). my interest in basketball has also increased and I can see how coach pearl is working with the four starting freshman and the substituting, now that they can shoot the 3's, they need to learn to attack the boards for rebounds and play smarter defence. now baseball needs to change some rules to make it more interesting. and gymnastics, I am amazed those young ladies don't get serious injuries. equestrian; you would think that the state of Kentucky would have a veterinary school, but they don't, they send their students of veterinary to AUBURN. Warrrrrr Eagle!

  2. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    I was in attendance at Plainsman Park and “dominating” is the right word to describe Daniel’s game. Good things ahead for him and the Tigers.

  3. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Gabe Klobosits was great in Tigers' latest shutout against UAB. Hopefully he will join Davis in adding to the dependable rotation of Thompson, Mize, and Lipscomb.