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Sweep of No. 5 Florida Proves Tigers Can Play With the Best

By on March 20th, 2017 in Baseball, News 9 Comments »
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Blake Logan help lead the Tigers over Florida Sunday. (photo: Dakota Sumpter/AU athletics)

“Nobody can take that moment from me … Those are those little moments I take that I don’t need a penny for.” That’s the way  Auburn baseball coach Butch Thompson felt after watching his team charge the field following opening SEC play with a sweep of No. 5 Florida.  

The Auburn skipper had reason to be excited. It was a big moment for a team that went 8–22 in SEC play last season and hadn’t won a series win over a top-5 ranked opponent in seven years. The Tigers completed the sweep with a walkoff 6–5 victory over the Gators Sunday at Plainsman Park.

A preseason favorite to win the conference, Florida was swept by Auburn (17–5) for the first time in three decades. After dominating Florida 14–3 on Friday and dispatching the Gators 2–1 in Saturday’s contest, Auburn got four unearned runs off three Florida errors. It was one of those errors by Gator pitcher Frank Rubio, when he overthrew third base after fielding a Jonah Todd bunt, that allowed pinch runner J.J. Shaffer to score the game winning run.

Auburn upped its winning streak to seven and just may crack the Top 25 this week as a result. Pitching was the key to the series as Casey Mize dominated for seven innings with one unearned run while Cole Lipscomb got his third save, Mize had eight strikeouts, Keegan Thompson got eight K’s in getting his fourth win, and on Sunday Calvin Coker pitched a career-long four innings in relief while Andrew Mitchell picked up his fourth win.
 
The MVP of the series has to be catcher Blake Logan, who was released from the hospital just a month before the season began. Doctors doubted that he would be able to play this year, but the senior proved them wrong. He not only should be given credit for calling the pitches, but the senior had his first three-hit day and is batting .346 on the year. It was his single that put Shaffer in position to score the winning run.

These Tigers are  fun to watch, and if they keep playing with confidence they have a chance to return to the postseason for the first time since 2010. “We’ve still got some lessons to learn,” said Thompson. “But I  think we got seven [nation-leading] shutouts that tell us we can do this, and now we got something on our résumé that says, man, we can play.”

 
Watch Tigers charge the field after sweeping the Gators.

Editor’s note:
Auburn goes on the road Tuesday to play long-time rival Georgia Tech. First pitch will be at 5:00 p.m. CT on WatchESPN .

9 Comments

  1. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Baseball’s fun again. WDE!

  2. Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

    I’m really not a baseball guy. I did watch this series and it’s prob the first series I’ve ever watched. Are these guys for real?

  3. AUNation AUNation says:

    Small edit: Fridays game was the 14-3 drubbing, followed by 2-1 on Sat, and 6-5 on Sun. I really like this team and they are easily a HUGE improvement over last year, but I will need a larger sampling of both AU and FL to weigh this correctly.

    I watched all three games and it's really hard to tell how much of this was AU beating a good team or just a super talented yet disfunctional FL team pissing it away. Seriously, some of their errors on Sunday were junior high level… I loved the camera cutting over to FL HC with the, "What the CRAP?" look on his face.

  4. audude audude says:

    Hard fought victory Sunday. They really took advantage of the errors by UF. Let’s hope they can keep up the momentum.

    WDE

  5. AUNation AUNation says:

    Will anyone be at the MAX Capitol City Classic next Tue? Hopefully we will put a hurting on Bama in all our Spring sports this year and set the table for the Fall!

  6. warhog 1 warhog 1 says:

    It is so good to once again have a classy, capable baseball Coach who not only loves the game, he teaches it and the players respond. WDE

  7. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Wreck tech. Wreck the hell out of Georgia Tech!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. […] night’s victory marked Auburn’s eighth consecutive win coming off of its weekend sweep against Florida. The Tigers put 11 hits on the board in last night’s game, six of which were doubles. […]

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