Tigers Bump Ole Miss—Advance to SEC Tourney Winner’s Bracket (UPDATE: A&M 4 AU 2, but Tigers still in it)
Auburn's Edouard Julien, right, celebrates with Will Holland after his grand slam against Ole Miss (photo: Dennis Victory/al.com)
For the first time since 2003 Auburn has won two games in the SEC Tournament as the Tigers (39–19, 17–15 SEC) defeated Ole Miss (42–15, 19–13 SEC) 9–3 Wednesday. Auburn now advances to the winner’s bracket and will face Texas A&M (38–19, 14–17 SEC) Thursday at 4:30 p.m. CT.
The No. 21 Tigers trailed the Rebels 2–0 to the seventh inning but broke out for nine runs in the last three frames. And once again one of the heroes of the game was freshman Julien Edouard, who hit a walk-off single against Kentucky Tuesday and came through with a grand slam today to give the Tigers a six-run lead.
With two outs and two strikes on him, Julien hit a bases-loaded homer over the left field fence to put the game out of reach. He came into the tournament in a slump, but has certainly gotten his groove back. He went 2 for 4, including the grand slam. The blast was his third grand slam of the year and gave him a league best 62 RBI’s.
Starter Tanner Burns (6–4, 2.98) had his best game of the year, striking out three batters and allowing only six hits while giving up only one earned run out of three in seven innings pitched. Senior Calvin Coker came on in relief and held the Rebels at bay to secure the save.
The victory not only advances Auburn to the winner’s bracket but vastly improves its chances of hosting an NCAA Regional next week. But more than that, it puts the Tigers in position to contend for an SEC championship.
Keep it going Tigers. Beat the Aggies!
Tigers’ late rally came up short and Auburn falls to TAMU 4–1. The Tigers will take on Ole Miss tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. CT.