arrow-circle arrow-long-stroke arrow-stroke arrow-thick arrow-thin arrow-triangle icon 2 baseballCreated with Sketch. basketball calendar category check-circle check-square check comment facebook-circle facebook-icon facebook-rounded facebook-square facebook-stroke football instagram-circle instagram-icon instagram-square long-arrow-right rss-circle rss-rounded rss-square rss-stroke rss twitter-circle twitter-icon twitter-rounded twitter-square twitter-stroke user-group user

The Downward Spiral?

By on May 10th, 2017 in Baseball, News 5 Comments »
Butch Thompson 
Auburn baseball vs Troy on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in Auburn, Ala.  
Photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics

auburntigers.com

Auburn baseball has dropped four straight. Following a weekend sweep by Alabama, the Tigers slipped up yet again against another state foe, UAB, by a score of 8–2. 

Last week, following a series win at Mississippi State, the Tigers received a top 5 ranking—its first in 18 years—and were at the top of the SEC West. Now, four losses later, Auburn has dropped to fifth in the division. 

The biggest concern that I’ve seen recently are the number of runners left on base. Dozens were stranded over the course of the weekend, and an additional 13 were left on last night. 

Against UAB, Auburn left the bases loaded twice. And with a thinner midweek pitching staff, the run support has to be stronger. Regular Tuesday night starter Christian Camacho took the mound for the Tigers and allowed three runs on five hits in 4.2 innings pitched. 

Unlike Auburn, UAB was able to take advantage of its baserunners early and translated hits to runs. The Tigers played six pitchers in the game, allowing a combined 14 hits to the Blazers.

Auburn, on the other hand, had eight hits and drew six walks, yet only managed to score two runs. It’s crucial that this team takes advantage of every opportunity given to it, because who knows how many more they’re going to get. 

SEC baseball is somehow more cutthroat and cannibalistic than football, so if any team slips up on any given weekend, there are always two or three more teams behind that are looking to jump it. There are no off days in this conference.

All hope is not lost, though. Auburn has two more conference series to make up for last weekend’s sweep. This weekend in Baton Rouge against LSU, and next weekend at home against Ole Miss. 

LSU will be a tough task for the Tigers, but a silver-lining stat heading into the series is the fact that Auburn is 3–1 in road series this season. Both of these series are winnable, so it’s time to get back on track. 

This team has come too far this season to throw it all away now. 

5 Comments

  1. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Inexplicable!
    Thompson has got to find a way to get them ready for the remaining 2 SEC series.

  2. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Looks like the bama series took the wind out of their sails. They got to find a way to get their mojo back. The last two series are huge for the post season.

  3. JRoweMDN says:

    This is all my fault. I told my son who just graduated from FSU that we would get tickets and go to Auburn for the regional.

    Hopefully Butch can get them to rally for the next 2 series and get their heads on straight.

  4. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Swept by LSU. I am hoping they can at least take the series from Ole Miss this weekend.
    The offense is in a struggle.

  5. […] a team loses both their best pitching and some of their best hitting at the same time – a slide is almost certain to occur. The problem was no one expected, least of which the players, to be […]

Post A Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.