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You Gotta Like the Way the Tigers Are Playing – Bama is Latest Victim

By on March 29th, 2017 in Baseball, News 9 Comments »
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Despite low expectations from preseason pundits, the Auburn baseball team has been on a tear this spring. Auburn (21–6), now ranked 17th nationally, has  won 11 of its last 12 games and is in first place in the SEC. And to top it off, last night the Tigers defeated Alabama 4–3  in the ninth annual MAX Capital City Classic in Montgomery.

Starter  Christian Camacho lasted for 3.1 innings, and the Tigers won when relievers Corey Herndon, Andrew Mitchell and freshman Ryan Watson combined to give up only one hit the rest of the way. It was Auburn’s third straight Classic win and the eighth of nine wins since the Iron Bowl of baseball began in 2009. While the Classic doesn’t count toward the league standings, the Tigers are still in first place with a 5–1 SEC record.

Auburn pitching now has a 1.65 ERA over the last 12 games and leads the nation in shutouts. In addition, Auburn bats rank 13th in NCAA and 2nd in SEC with 56 doubles, and the Tigers lead the league in fewest strikeouts.

The biggest challenge of the season, thus far, begins this weekend  when No. 6 South Carolina (17–6) comes to town for a three-game SEC series between the two division leaders.
 
Those low preseason opinions of the Tigers highlighted by the coaches picking Auburn to finish in last place don’t look so prophetic now that Auburn sits atop the league. But polls are just that—opinions. The reason you play the game is to see who wins. Admittedly, there is a lot of baseball left to play—but so far, you gotta like the way the Tigers are playing.  

War Eagle ….

Beat the Gamecocks!

9 Comments

  1. digger4au digger4au says:

    It is important for Auburn to win this upcoming series but surely win at least 1. Hope they can pull it off.

  2. Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

    Comacho wasn’t on last night. He hung the one fast ball out to dry. Soon as it came out of his hand I started yelling NNNOOOOOOOOOOOO

    I’d like to attend this game, next year. Looks fantastic.

    • GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

      I recommend it, I went in 2014 and it was the only one the Tigers didn’t win but it was still fun. The atmosphere was great almost like a championship game.

      Very proud of 2017 team. Just hope they can keep it going.

  3. audad says:

    Great start for the baseball team, and obviously a big series this weekend. Hopefully large crowds turn out. Let's hope this team that is showing so much early season promise does not flame out like the basketball team.

    Now that the NCAA and NIT tourneys are near their conclusions, it's worth noting who the players are. S. Carolina is in its first-ever final four, a team that 'bama didn't have much trouble with this year. And of course we beat 'bama twice. And then there is good old TCU advancing to the NIT championship game with their win last night over UCF. TCU is a team that AU beat pretty handily, on the road no less.

    So rather than beat the dead horse about how our hoopsters fell apart down the stretch this year, my hope is that Pearl can use these tournament developments as motivation for his young team and show them what can be done when they play up to their potential.

  4. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    I have watched or attended most all of the games this season. 21-6 is dam good. Gone are the first inning runs allowed that put us in the hole early. Luke Jarvis has come on strong and is making fewer errors. Jonah Todd is a scrappy, dirty, attacking center fielder who almost never strikes out. Our pitching is on par with the nation’s best. The 4th and 5th innings are our most run productive ever.
    We will be there Saturday for the USC game at 5pm. THIS TEAM IS FUN TO WATCH!!

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