Midweek Ramblings From The Plains
The Auburn bats came alive Tuesday, blasting eight hits and12 runs against UAB (photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn
After losing seven of nine SEC games Auburn baseball fell out of the top 25 this week in both Baseball America Top 25 and D1Baseball Top 25 major national polls. This, despite winning the series against Mississippi State over the weekend. However, the Tigers are ranked at No. 25 in USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Tigers broke out of a hitting
slump drought with a 7-run 6th inning against the Bulldogs Sunday and continued their offensive resurgence last night with a 12–2 pounding of UAB. Hopefully the return of the bats will get them back in the postseason picture.
The Tigers (26–12, 6–9 SEC) face a huge challenge, though, with road trips remaining against Alabama, No. 1 Florida, No. 18 LSU and home series against No. 6 Vandy and No. 7 Ole Miss. It can’t get much tougher than that. The Tigers need to win at least one series and not be swept in the others to make a case for an NCAA regional. The gauntlet begins Friday at 6:00 pm CT in Tuscaloosa.
Speaking of falling in the polls, Auburn softball slipped three spots from No. 8 to No. 11 in the USA Today/NFCA coaches poll and from No. 10 to No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Softball Top 25 after dropping the series against Missouri on Sunday. The good news is the Tigers are No. 14 in RPI. If they can win the Arkansas series this weekend and take two at Texas A&M next week, they have an excellent chance at being a national seed.
The National Collegiate Equestrian Association National Championship begins today in Waco, Texas. The Tigers will attempt to win their fifth national title and third in three years. No. 2 seed Auburn will face No. 7 seed Baylor tomorrow at 8:30 CT at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. Head coach Greg Williams said his team is focused and, “Looking forward to this full week of competition and ready to put it together for a great run.”
Coach Bruce Pearl finally hired an assistant basketball coach Monday when he brought in former Auburn great Wesley Flanigan. The Auburn alum says he’s always dreamed of returning to coach on the Plains. The two-time All-SEC guard played from 1993 to 1997 for coach Cliff Ellis. He scored 1,228 career points and led the team in scoring his senior year. And, he still remains second on Auburn’s career assists lists with 573.
Flanigan has spent 18 years coaching with his last stop at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. This writer believes Pearl made a great hire. Wes not only knows basketball, he knows what it means to wear the Orange and Blue. Until next time …
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