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