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Tigers’ Season Comes to an End But Future is Bright for Auburn Baseball

By on June 5th, 2017 in Baseball, News 15 Comments »

photo: Wade Rackley/ Auburn Athletics

The 2017 Auburn baseball team surprised a lot of people. Picked in the preseason to finish last in the SEC West, the Tigers played most of the season at the top of the league until injuries slowed down their momentum.

Even so, Auburn earned a berth in the Tallahassee Regional. And it looked for awhile as if the Tigers might be playing in their first Super Regional in 18 years. That dream ended tonight with a 6–0 defeat by Florida State.

After beating UCF (University of Central Florida) and Tennessee Tech, the Tigers had a couple of opportunities to win the region championship Saturday night in the ninth and tenth innings. However, cruel fate and a field umpire’s bad call on a double play intervened to prevent that from happening.

That loss put the Tigers in a precarious position. Auburn’s best chance to make it to the next level was to win it in three games. With Cole Lipscomb, Keegan Thompson, and Casey Mize unable to pitch, the Tiger bats had to produce. That didn’t happen as Auburn was baffled by the junk-throwing Will Zirzow, and the season ended in Tallahassee at Dick Howser Stadium.

Nevertheless it was a successful year for a team that many thought before the season would struggle to finish above .500. The prognosticators saw a young inexperienced team but failed to see how a young second-year head coach would get his boys to believe.

After such a disappointing loss, the team is hurting tonight, but the future is bright because Auburn baseball is in good hands with Butch Thompson.


  1. DVSWDE DVSWDE says:

    Couldn’t buy a hit against FSU’s bullpen, it was hard to watch.

    • hello2196 says:

      It Was hard to watch. Auburn only got 2 hits all night. I think they would have had a better chance against one of FSU's regular fast ball pitchers.

      • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

        I think your right. After 4 games, FSU's main guys were all used up (as were the Tigers' big 3). But it worked in their favor. We saw how the Auburn bats were aggressive and popping in the first 3 games then when they had to face Zirzow's change up and off speed pitches they were baffled.

  2. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Good hands indeed!

    This team entertained us all year and had the ump not made that call at 2nd Sunday, it would have really been special to see them make it to the Super. It was a sad night for them. They deserved better. Looking forward to what they will look like next year. Enjoyed the ride!

    Thanks ATM for covering them through the post season.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Thanks Greenville. We all hoped for a different ending but all in all it was a fun year. I like what Thompson has done and I hope he continues to build the program. It concerns me that Bama hired away his biggest recruiter.

  3. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    It was a pitcher's duel.

    Eventhough Thompson and Mize were not available, reliever Calvin Coker did a good job. He threw 5 shutout innings, had 2 K's and allowed only 3 hits. Problem was Zirkow was even better. "Baffle" is probably the right word to describe how our batters must have felt trying to hit his off speed stuff.
    Looking forward to next year but I wonder how the team will look after the MLB Draft?

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Half the team will be eligible for the draft. It's difficult to predict how many will go and how many will stay. There are five seniors that won't be back including catcher Blake Logan.

      Most expect redshirt senior Cole Lipscomb and junior ace Keegan Thompson to get high picks and not be back in 2018 as well as infielder Josh Anthony who was drafted last year in the 16th round by the Braves.

      It will be a real challenge to replace Thompson and Lipscomb in the pitching rotation/bullpen.

      Good point about Coker. I hope he's back in 2018.

  4. sparkey sparkey says:

    The umpire blew it for sure. However, so did our pitcher hitting the guy on an 0-2 pitch. Why would you go inside on that pitch??? That is the one freaking pitch you cannot try because it could peg the batter and end the game!

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  6. WarEagleinKC says:

    Why should we believe we are in good hands? Bc we finally barely had a winning record in the SEC? Who wouldn’t have been able to finish 16-14 with Keegan and Mize?

    Without Keegan next year, I think we are looking at another losing conf season. Unless we are actually bringing in some players with power. This teams lack of power was embarrassing. Not many power 5 teams had less than 30 home runs ( I found about 5 schools). Not sure if we can completely blame Thompson for this, but why should we have any optimism for next year. If we just relied on our three good pitchers (cole), and now are losing 2 of them, shouldn’t we be worried?

    • LittleJoe14 says:

      yes i would like to hear more reason for so much optimism too.

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      Appreciate your input KC and you make some valid points. But to answer your question on …

      … why we should be optimistic about the future?
      The short answer is:
      Butch Thompson's record as a top recruiter and his having helped 15 teams make it to the post season including 7 College World Series.

      The more in depth answer will be coming in a post Friday.

  7. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Will be better; Comacho, Watson, Daniel.

    WE NEED LONG BALL HITTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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