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Is Auburn’s Dramatic Win Over No.18 Ole Miss Enough to Turn Things Around for Pawlowski?

By on May 6th, 2013 in Baseball 7 Comments »

auburn-baseball-coachjpg-3e3e424b4da9dfe5_mediumBefore Saturday’s 8-5 win over No.18 Ole Miss, the Auburn Baseball Team had not scored more than three runs in a game since April 16. And before yesterday Auburn had not won a Sunday game in the SEC.

For most of this spring, watching Auburn Baseball has been less than a thing of beauty. In fact for much of the last three years Auburn Baseball hasn’t been much fun to watch.

Not since the Tigers led the nation in hitting in 2010, won the SEC West, and hosted an NCAA Regional has there been much to cheer about. Auburn has not been to an NCAA since they won the Division.

This season has been particularly long and frustrating  both for the team and the fans. Cries for John Pawlowski‘s job have become louder and more frequent.

But this weekend was different. The Tigers, feeling the pressure after giving up a series win to 13th place Missouri last weekend; came out Saturday like a different ball team, pounding out 12 hits to beat Ole Miss 8-5. It was the most hits since the Tigers belted 14 against Samford on April 16th.

Then on Sunday, the Tigers gave the most exciting performance since Creede Simpson’s three run homer with two strikes, two outs in the ninth inning against Clemson in the 2010 Regional.

If you like drama, the Tigers obliged.

Auburn hitters not only came through but did so when the chips were down, getting 7 hits and scoring all the Tigers’ runs with two outs.

Ole Miss was leading 2-0 in the second when Blake Austin drove in Auburn’s first run. The Tigers took a 4-2 lead in the seventh on clutch RBI hits by Cullen Wacker and Patrick Savage

Those hits came after John Pawlowski was ejected from the game. Trailing the Rebs 2-1 Pawlowski came out of the dugout to dispute a strike call. He was thrown out – a move that fired up both his team and the fans.

Then after Mississippi came back and tied the game at 4-all, Damek Tomscha hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the eighth to put the Tigers up 5-4.

Except for the starting pitching the Tigers were almost perfect, winning in dramatic fashion as a team. From Hunter Kelley stealing not one but two home runs at the fence and robbing the Rebels of 4 potential runs – to Blake Austin’s picking off a runner at 2nd with the bases loaded – to Tomscha’s mammoth two-out homerun over the green monster in left – to closer Terrance Dedrick fantastic diving over the shoulder catch to end the game …

These Tigers did it all. They were finally fun to watch. They finally played an SEC game the way we thought they could.

With six SEC games left, will this be enough to get the Tigers into the SEC tournament? Maybe. Will it be enough to secure an SEC Regional bid ? Not hardly. Will it be enough to stop the talk about Pawlowski’s job security? No, not that either.

But if the Tigers keep playing with the focus, the fire, and the intensity they showed Saturday and Sunday, those questions will be mute because Auburn ‘will be’ selected for play in the NCAA post season.

Go Tigers Beat Jax State!


  1. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    I went to the Friday night game and they seemed very lethargic. I can’t believe I was listening to the same team win that Sunday game. Maybe Paws needs to be ejected every game!! It was exciting to listen to but when you have to listen to Rod (that’s another story ~ he is depressing one minute and then manic when something happens) I sure wished I was at Sunday’s game!
    I have very disappointed in Paws. What’s with our coaches coming with a good reputation and then we pay them LOTS of money and then they just sit there and don’t coach the talent they get?

  2. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Sunday’s game was fun and I remember that Creede Simpson homerun, it was one of the best moments ever at Plainsman Park. I think Pawlowski should be given another year no matter if Auburn gets in the NCAA or not. If there is not a big improvement next season maybe Gabe Gross can take the team. But the best choice might be Casey Dunn.

    • GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

      This team is a year away from contending. If they make the SEC tournament it will be a successful season since they were picked in preseason to finish near the bottom of the conference.

    • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

      Casey Dunn? Really? I went to high school with that guy! It’s great that he is doing so well!

  3. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Ughhh. As much as I love Auburn… this coach gives me pause. I wish I could be as optimistic as GreenvilleAUfan…. but I just can’t.


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