Spring Has Sprung on The Plains (AU spring sports that is)
Although Auburn University just went through several days of snow and ice that caused classes to be cancelled, the baseball open house postponed, and the calling of the Softball Team’s opener in the seventh inning – the official start of spring is just around the corner.
Warmer, sunny days are approaching and people will begin to be involved in more outside activities. For those who love sports, spring is a time to get out of the house, play some tennis or some golf, or maybe head to the ball park. And at Auburn, Spring Sports are already underway.
Auburn’s No.3 ranked Equestrian Team has compiled an 8-2 record including Saturday’s 10-8 defeat of No. 10 Texas A&M in their spring opener. The team goes on the road this Saturday to meet Rival (No. 6) Georgia and South Carolina next Saturday before returning to face New Mexico State at the AU Horse Center on March 8th. If you find yourself looking for something to do that weekend come on out, admission is free.
Auburn Track and Field began the 2014 indoor season by winning six event titles, when the Tigers hosted the Auburn Indoor Invitational in Birmingham’s CrossPlex on Jan. 18th. Presently the teams are preparing to compete in the SEC Championships in College Station, Texas on Feb. 27. The Tigers will be on the road for most of their meets until April 14-19 when they will host the Tiger Tracks and War Eagle Invitational’s.
The No. 24 Auburn Men’s Tennis team had its five-match winning streak snapped on Sunday, in a Top 25 match with No. 23 Clemson. The Tigers return to action on Friday completing their non-conference schedule at the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery. Auburn capped off a successful road weekend with two more wins on Saturday, defeating Northwestern State, 4-0, and Nicholls State, 4-1.
The No. 20 Women’s Team posted four wins over the weekend at the City Park Pepsi Center in New Orleans. The Tigers off to an 8-1 start for the second consecutive year, will join the men at the Blue Gray Classic.
No.12 Auburn Gymnastics posted their second best score (197.100) in school history last Thursday against No. 5 Alabama. It looked like the Tigers may have been on their way to an upset when Bri Guy was injured after landing hard at the end of the final event. There was an enthusiastic crowd of more than seven thousand on hand for the match. The Tigers need that same type of support this Friday when old rival Georgia comes to town.
Auburn Men’s Golf Team opened the 2014 spring season at the 24th annual Amer Ari Invitational at Waikoloa, Hawai’I on Feb. 6th while the No.29 Women’s Team began the spring season in Athens, Ga., at the Lady Bulldog Individual Playing Championship Feb. 8th where sophomore Alex Harrell tied for first place. The Men shot a 2-under, 286, yesterday to win the 2014 Mobile Bay Intercollegiate by six strokes over runner-up No. 36 Kentucky.
Up next for the women is the All-State Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans. The men’s next match will be the USF Invitational March, 2 at Lake Jovita Country Club in Dade City, Fla.
Swimming & Diving Teams have been competing in meets all year. This week the Diving and relays have given Auburn the lead going into the second day of the five-day SEC Championships taking place at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. The Tigers are hoping to bring yet another championship back to The Plains.
The Auburn Softball Team has got off to a solid start under the direction of new coach Clint Myers. The Tigers have only one loss after playing 11 games of a 55 game schedule. Even though the pitching has been fantastic, Meyers says every player has given great performances.
Why not come out and support the Tigers this weekend as they host the Wilson/DeMarini Classic. Auburn plays Jacksonville State Friday with the first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m. CT.
The Baseball Team opened the 2014 season this past weekend narrowly missing a sweep at the Snow Bird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. After handing new skipper Sunny Golloway a (4-0) debut shutout over Indiana State, the Tigers dropped a 1-0 contest to Ohio State before trouncing UConn 7-3 to win the series. The Tigers start an eleven game home stand today by hosting Alabama State in the home opener at 3 p.m. CT.
While I try to follow all spring sports, I’m a particular fan of baseball. For me there’s nothing more enjoyable than sitting in the stands on a spring night in Plainsman Park.
If you haven’t been to a spring game (match or meet) lately – you owe it to yourself to visit the Loveliest Village of the Plains, pull for the Tigers, and enjoy one of Auburn’s Spring Sports. Besides it doesn’t look like any chance of snow this week, so come on out and support the Tigers.
Hope to see you there.