The Auburn High baseball team will begin the hunt for the 7A baseball championship Friday night at 5:00 CT. Auburn got home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs for becoming 7A Area four champions and will take on Mary Montgomery in round one. Mary Montgomery comes into the match up as the lower seed, but still finished the season with an impressive 21-9 record and finished as 7A Area one runner-up. Auburn also finished the season 21-9 and hopes to stay hot, as they’ve won five in a row. The Tigers and Vikings will play a double header tonight, then play a tiebreaker game Friday at 1:00 if necessary. To see the full 7A playoff bracket, click here.
Scott Bagwell will have the call for both games on ESPN 106.7 beginning at 5:00 CT. The broadcast will also be streamed online at espnau.com, the ESPN 106.7 app, and on the ESPN 106.7 Facebook page. If a tiebreaker game is necessary, that game will also be broadcast on ESPN 106.7 at 5:00.
When the Auburn Tiger baseball team took the field against George Washington to begin the season, what were most fans expectations? Make the SEC tournament? Finish with a .500 record? Just improve from last year? Well the Tigers are absolutely shattering those expectations as they are currently top ten in the nation and sporting a 30-13 record and a 12-6 record in conference play. Also, in the most recent poll by Baseball America, Auburn was ranked number five nationally while USA Today has the Tigers ranked ninth. Who would have seen Auburn, a team that has not made the College World Series since 1997 and has not won the SEC tournament since 1989, in the top ten nationally and the best team in the SEC by late April? Nobody.
Auburn started to turn some heads by sweeping a well-respected Florida team to open conference play back in mid-March, then took two out of three from Georgia in their first conference road trip of the season. What transpired on Sunday will become a major turning point for the Auburn Baseball team- a series win against the previously best ranked SEC team, Arkansas. The series win pulled Auburn into a tie for second in the SEC with Arkansas and Kentucky, just one game behind Mississippi State. Not only did the Tigers win two games in the series, the Auburn offence put up 15 runs in a 15-2 rout Friday night, then put up 11 runs in an 11-6 victory Sunday night. It’s obvious that Auburn’s offence, which does not have any elite prospects of any kind yet, is clicking on all cylinders. Junior third baseman Josh Anthony has emerged as the leader of the Tigers at the plate, as he tallied nine hits and seven RBI in the series against the Razorbacks.
On the mound, Auburn’s one-two punch of redshirt junior Keegan Thompson and sophomore Casey Mize has been unbeatable for the Tigers. Thompson, who redshirted last year due to injury, is sporting a 1.48 ERA and a 5-1 record through nine starts. Casey Mize solidified his spot in the rotation this year and has been very effective through nine starts this season, as he holds a 1.23 ERA and a 6-1 record.
Now Auburn heads into perhaps their toughest test of the season this weekend, a three game road trip against Mississippi State, who holds the best record in the SEC. The way the Tigers have been playing against in-conference rivals, it’s sure to be a great game. Game one is Friday night at 6:30 on SEC Network +, Game two will be Saturday night at 7:00 on SEC Network, and game three will be at 12:30 also on SEC Network.
Now only one question remains, can this be the Auburn baseball team that can break the twenty-year Omaha drought? If you ask the latest Baseball America poll, the answer is yes.
The Auburn High school baseball team had no problems winning game one and game two in a three game set against area rival Smiths Station to become 7A area 4 champions. Auburn won two out of three against Central back on April 8th and 9th, then mercy ruled Smiths Station twice on Wednesday and Thursday to secure a spot in the AHSAA 7A baseball playoffs.
Auburn won game one Wednesday by a 12-1 final at home (game one recap), then won the series by winning game two 11-1. The Tigers got the scoring started early, as an RBI double by Brooks Fuller and a sacrifice fly by Clay Golson gave Auburn an early 2-0 lead after just one inning. In the top of the second, Rowdy Jordan hit a two run homer to right field to push Auburn’s lead to 4-0. Later in the second Brooks Fuller recorded another RBI double to bring in Garrett Morris, then Rollins Cleveland brought in two more runs on a two out double making the lead 7-0 after two innings. The Tigers tacked on another run in the top of the third on a Rowdy Jordan RBI single to make the score 8-0 in favor of the Tigers. In the top of the fifth, Auburn scored three more runs thanks to a Rowdy Jordan RBI ground out, followed by RBI singles by Brooks Fuller and Teddy Benda. Smiths Station scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, but still fell because of the ten run through five innings mercy rule.
Brooks Fuller earned the win for pitching all five innings allowing no earned runs on just two hits and recorded four strikeouts. Rowdy Jordan finished the game two for four with four RBI’s and a run scored, while Brooks Fuller went three for four at the plate with three RBI’s.
The Tigers finished the season with an impressive 21-9 record and an area title. The Tigers will host in the first round of the playoffs against the area 1 runner-up (Mary Mongomery or Alma Bryant). The game and every playoff game will be broadcast on ESPN 106.7, and streamed online at espnau.com, the ESPN 106.7 app, and on the ESPN 106.7 Facebook page.
The Auburn High School baseball team knows what they need to do to make the 7A playoffs, and they are now one step closer after a 12-1 rout of Smiths Station on Wednesday night. Auburn High must win their area in order to make it to the AHSAA 7A baseball playoffs and after taking two out of three from Central-Phenix City back on April 5th and 6th, the Tigers must take two out of three from their other area foe Smiths Station to win the area.
The Tigers drew first blood in the bottom of the first with an RBI double by junior Garrett Morris, then he later scored on a Smiths Station error. Later in the inning Clay Golson hit a two run home run to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. After a couple of singles, junior Tanner Jones doubled in another run, then he was followed by a two RBI double by senior Rowdy Jordan pushed Auburn lead to 7-0. After another Smiths Station error allowed Jordan to score, an RBI single by Brooks Fuller gave Auburn a 9-0 lead (yes, still in the bottom of the first). Later in the inning, Golson hit his second home run of the inning to bring in three more runs giving the Tigers a 12-0 lead through just one inning.
Smiths Station got on the board in the top of the third thanks to a solo home run but fell victim to the ten run mercy rule as soon as it was effective after the fifth inning and the Tigers won 12-1.
Twelve runs was more than enough for Auburn ace Drew Jennings who earned the win for pitching all five innings allowing only one earned run on two hits and striking out four. Golson finished the game two for two with five RBI’s while Jordan finished one for three with two RBI’s and two runs scored.
Thursday, the Tigers and Panthers will finish out the series with a double header in Smiths Station, where the Tigers hope to clinch a playoff berth. Scott Bagwell and Blake Ramsey will have coverage beginning at 6:00 CT on ESPN 106.7 following The Drive with Bill Cameron. The coverage will also be streaming online at espnau.com or on the ESPN 106.7 app.
Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville has been in the news around the state for something other than football. He’s considering running for governor. He said he’s been working his way all around the state. He also explains why his campaign for the governor is not set in stone.
Here’s the interview with the former football coach.
On Thursday, April 27th and Friday, April 28th, ESPN 106.7 will broadcast live coverage of the NFL Draft in primetime from Philadelphia. Anchoring Live from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dari Nowkhah, (co-hosts of Dari & Mel), Bill Polian (NFL Analyst), and ESPN New York’s Chris Canty (NFL Analyst / former DE) will be joined by ESPN.com senior NFL writer John Clayton providing an analysis of each first-round pick.
Thursday’s first-round coverage will begin at 7pm ET that includes interviews with draftees and team personnel, as well as the opportunity for listeners to participate via e-mail or phone. Friday’s second-round coverage will begin at 6:30pm ET.
In the event of the NFL Draft ending early, live coverage will remain continuous until 1:00am ET.
Additional NFL Draft Coverage:
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The Auburn High baseball team took a break from region play to take on their rival Opelika on March 8th, Auburn won at home with a score of 10-4 but didn’t have the same luck Tuesday night in Opelika and fell 6-1. Auburn starter Taylor Adcock struggled on the mound as he gave up three earned runs before being pulled after the second inning. Opelika scored three more in the bottom of the third to take an early 6-0 lead. Auburn’s only offense of the night came from junior Brooks Fuller’s solo home run in the top of the seventh.
Opelika starter Mitch Myers shut down the Tigers. He pitched a complete game (7 innings) allowing only three hits and one earned run. Auburn played well out of the bullpen as Juniors Robert Chapman, Richard Preus and Wes Starr each pitched a scoreless inning.
The next game for the Tigers will be Friday at home against Oxford. Scott Bagwell and Riley Hubbard will have the call on ESPN 106.7 beginning at 5:30. The game will also be streamed online at espnau.com or on the ESPN 106.7 app.
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