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Tigers Bump Ole Miss—Advance to SEC Tourney Winner’s Bracket (UPDATE: A&M 4 AU 2, but Tigers still in it)

By on May 23rd, 2018 in Baseball, News 5 Comments »

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!

UPDATE:
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.

5 Comments

  1. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    As I said on the previous thread, it didn't matter that Auburn lost to Ole Miss at the end of the regular season. There’s the regular season and there’s tournament season. What matters is how you perform now and Auburn is performing well. An SEC championship is still in reach and most likely an NCAA national seed has been secured. Beat them Aggies!

  2. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Glad it's a 4:30 game – 5:30 for me, I' ll be off work by then. Looking for the bats to keep popping and for Casey Mize to shine today. This team seems to be peaking at the right time. What a job Butch Thompson has done since arriving on The Plains.

  3. AUFan1 AUFan1 says:

    Great to see offense back. Auburn I think leads conference in runs scored, If pitching holds up, think Auburn has a good chance to win it all or at least be in the championship game.

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