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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Tigers Sweep Abbreviated Series with Alabama

Alabama @ #11 Auburn

  • FRI: 3-2 W
  • SAT: 6-4 W
  • SUN: No Contest

It really couldn’t have been a better weekend for the Tigers. Save for 1 inning, the pitching from the Tigers was spot on.

And that’s not to mention Friday night when John Armstrong looked like he did earlier this season and went 2.2 of 1 hit ball with 3 Ks, giving way to Blake Burkhalter in the 9th for yet another save, his 12th on the year. For those keeping score at home, the pin held Bama to no runs in 11.2 innings. *chef’s kiss*. Then throw in Gonzo on Sunday (even though it didn’t happen) when he was fantastic outside of back to back doubles scored the lone run for the Tide, but with a pitch count at 52 through 5, you have to think that Joseph was well on his way to another 7-8 inning work day before giving way to Burky or Skipper to close things out. Why do I feel so confident about Sunday? The game finished with Auburn loading the bases, 1 out and Bobby Peirce at the dish. What might have been but it was a positive weekend overall. Auburn did what they needed to do and they didn’t get dinged with a loss. They were able to raise their RPI back up to top 5 which, should they hold it there, will be a very compelling piece to the committee to give them a national seed, especially if they win a game or 2 in Hoover which they are very capable of doing.

Sorry, I got distracted though, Auburn sssssweeeept Alabama.

Even better, on Saturday, Alabama raced out to a 4-0 lead after 1…that was the last time the Tide would cross the plate that day.

The offense was just good enough and picked their spots against a stingy and tough Alabama team. Watching Alabama this weekend, it haunted me of the Auburn team from last year, so very talented at spots but just not able to get on the same page at the same time. If they weren’t wearing that crimson jersey, I’d almost feel bad for them.

So where does that leave things with one weekend to go:

Teams in green have locked up a bid to Hoover

And for those scoring at home, here is what that bracket looks like:

Yeah…No State, which, let me sound the SPOILER ALERT, if Mississippi State doesn’t make Hoover, no amount of committee love is getting them into the tournament State fans.

So, due to the “It didn’t happen” Sunday game, the Tigers find themselves down 1.5 games to Texas A&M and Arkansas going to Lexington. It really is ok in the long run, Arkansas heads to Alabama for a series while Texas A&M and suddenly red hot Ole Miss tangle in Oxford, so those two will figure themselves out for the division with Auburn minding its own business with Kentucky. The most important stat is that Auburn is now a game and a half ahead of Georgia, Vandy and LSU for that 4th spot and the final bye in Hoover. It is massive for the Tigers to get that bye for obvious reasons. Should Auburn take care of their business in Lexington (2 out of 3) then that would give Auburn 17 wins and make them a slam dunk to host. If they can get a game or 2 more either in Lexington or Hoover, now we are in Top 8 Seed territory and things get real fun.

HITTING PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEKEND

I am actually gonna go outside the box this weekend. Blake Ramsbusch was the best at the dish for Auburn but that’s not anything new. I am going to give it to Gabe Gross. Saturday the Tiger staff decided to shake up the lineup, putting Brody Moore in the leadoff with Sonny D in the 2 hole and Blake Rambusch to protect. The first 3 innings of both days were a little off while everyone figured out their new spot, but after that things go interest. Auburn began the march back on Saturday with a solo shot from Bobby P in the 4th, then the bottom of the line up sparked things for the top in the 5th and then it was just a matter of time. Same thing Sunday, slow the first time through and then the offense finally started to figure things out in the 5th as I noted above.

I wasn’t sure about the new line up at first but after seeing it in action, I am in love with it. It protects your best chance to change the game with a swing and sets things up for later in the game. Kudos to the Staff for the move.

PITCHING PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEKEND

Another easy one, this is Tommy Sheehan. The Grad Transfer from Notre Dame has not had the season he hoped coming off of Tommy John Surgery but man has he come alive with Huddy’s counseling. Sheehan went 4 innings, filling in for Trace Bright who just didn’t have it on Saturday, and only allowed 1 hit with a walk and 4 Ks. He was able to eat up innings and give the Tiger offense time to get back into the game and get, what turned out to be an even bigger win than we realized in the moment.

ON DECK

It’s a road week for the Tigers and an early one at that. Auburn heads to the Hoover Met to take on Samford in the final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday evening. If you are in Birmingham, you know what to do. Get out there and celebrate this team. They will be back there next week so you can scope out the best parking areas. After that, Auburn heads to Lexington for a pivotal series with Kentucky. The Cats come in just above the wire this weekend over Miss State and Mizzou for the final spot in Hoover and will be looking to lock that in. Auburn is fighting for everything we’ve already said above. This will be a tooth an nail series but if Auburn plays like it has all season, the Tigers can take this on the road. We will dive deeper into Kentucky on Wednesday. For now, just enjoy sweeping the Tide!



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Auburn football: Why Zach Calzada is currently seen as the QB1 frontrunner

As the offseason progresses, we are sure to get updates from all over the Auburn football beat about who might be the starting signal-caller come September 3rd when the Tigers host Mercer for the 2022 season’s opening salvo and beyond. The latest update is one that should placate a large portion of the fanbase but […]

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Updated Auburn basketball lineup projections after Julian Phillips’ UT commitment

Auburn basketball did not get Julian Phillips, but that’s okay. The Tigers have a stacked rotation as it is, and only have so many minutes to go around. It stings, but Auburn will survive…and likely thrive anyway. Bruce Pearl returns several upperclassmen from even the 2019-20 season, including Jaylin Williams, Allen Flanigan, and Babatunde ‘Stretch’ […]

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Baseball: Auburn 6, Alabama 4

No. 20 Auburn overcame a four-run deficit to defeat Alabama, 6-4, and secure the series win Saturday afternoon at Plainsman Park. Alabama struck for four runs on four hits in the first inning, but a dominant bullpen allowed Auburn's offense to chip away at the Crimson Tide's lead, eventually coming all the way back to complete the Tigers' 18th come-from-behind victory this year.

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Baseball: Auburn 3, Alabama 2

No. 20 Auburn used timely hitting and solid pitching and defense to defeat Alabama, 3-2, Friday night at Plainsman Park. Brooks Carlson hit the go-ahead double in the bottom of the sixth, and Auburn's relief duo of John Armstrong and Blake Burkhalter held Alabama scoreless in the final 3.2 frames to secure the series-opening win in front of a sellout crowd.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Auburn football: Tigers offer pair of 4-star athletes from GA, FL

The coaching staff of Auburn football has taken recruiting efforts to the next level in head coach Bryan Harsin’s second season on the Plains, criss-crossing the state of Alabama and the country in order to create a top-notch class in 2023. Just this week, the Tigers offered a pair of 4-star athletes from neighboring states […]

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Auburn football back in the race for former Clemson TE commit

Things are heating up in the world of recruiting for the Auburn football coaching staff as spring fades away and the summer months begin. Prospects from the around the country are narrowing their potential schools lists, setting visits, and getting closer to their final decisions. 3-star tight end Reid Mikeska made his choice earlier this […]

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Auburn football to host transfer S, DL for official visits this weekend

The Auburn football coaching staff has turned most of its attention to recruiting the class of 2023, but the Tigers still have several scholarships left to dole out in the class of 2022. With 23 incoming players so far, there are still areas of need to fill ahead of the upcoming season. So far, head […]

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Auburn basketball: Baylor’s Matthew Mayer a transfer portal target

Auburn basketball head coach Bruce Pearl is looking to add a player that absolutely torched his 2020-21 postseason ineligible Tigers as the sixth-man for the eventual champion Baylor Bears, Matthew Mayer. Mayer is a high-level long-range shooter with great court awareness and the ability to force turnovers on the defensive end. He peaked as a […]

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Auburn football fans react to Chad Morris resigning from Allen HC job

Former Auburn football offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Chad Morris has left his Texas high school head coaching job after just one season. Morris became Allen High School’s HC in 2021 and had its least successful season in years, leading to his ouster. Allen lost at home and dropped three games overall, undoing a tradition of excellence […]

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Tigers Handle Trojans on the Road

#11 Auburn @ Troy

  • TUE: 11-4 W

You really couldn’t have scripted it any better for the Tigers Tuesday evening. The offense got going early and never let up. Jordan Armstrong built upon his strong showing over the weekend against Arkansas and added 4.1 innings of work with 2 Ks and a walk while also only allowing 3 runs on 3 hits later in his outing after the Tigers held a 10-0 lead. After that, the mix of Konner Copeland, Chase Isbell, Tyler Drabick and Brooks fuller walked the Tigers up to 2 outs in the 8th inning, only allowing a run on 1 hit while striking out 3. Then the Tigers went to Blake Burkhalter who looked a touch rusty in the 8th but was his old self in the 9th, striking out 2 to finish things off.

Literally, it couldn’t have gone better, and it showed up in the RPI with the Tigers jumping up 2 spots to 8 in the RPI with the road win before they return home to take on Alabama this weekend. It’s been widely reported, Auburn just needs to take care of it’s business and they will host a regional, but what does that really mean? It means Auburn needs to win this series and then go on the road, to Kentucky, and win a series in Lexington. A place where Tennessee was this close to getting swept. It’s a taller order than one might realize. Sure, Alabama got swept by South Carolina a few weeks back, but I don’t think there is an Auburn person alive that will ever thing an Alabama athletics team will ever just roll over for Auburn. This will be a scrappy fight that will require an extra splash of the brown party liquor of choice in your pour of lemonade this weekend. Can Auburn do it? Absolutely. This team went on the road to Texas A&M and LSU and got wins. Can Alabama ruin things? They always ruin things. This is one of those, we don’t have to win by X amount of runs…just win.

ON DECK

Obviously, it’s Bama week. Friday night, expect Garrett McMillan to get the nod. McMillan is the unquestioned ace for the Tide this season and carries a 3.41 ERA with a 4-3 record in his 12 appearances. He also leads the team in innings pitched at 71.1. Look for him to last between 5-6 innings on the day, that’s what he showed against LSU last week as the Purple Tigers hung 5 runs and 8 hits on the Junior through 5 innings. Saturday should have Jacob McNairy toe the rubber with his 4.61 ERA and 5-2 record. He has started 9 and appeared in 13 games this season and thrown in 56.2 innings. Sunday has been somewhat of an adventure for the Tide but if they follow suit, it should be Grayson Hitt to start things off on Sunday. Hitt has started 12 games for the Tide this season but how long he stays has been an issue. Against South Carolina it was 2 innings, when he gave up 5 runs on 5 hits, but against LSU it was 4.2, however he surrendered 6 runs on 9 hits in that outing. At the dish for Alabama, watch Caden Rose, who paces the Tide in Batting Average with a .321 on the season. The bat to watch out for though is Zane Denton, who plays the Mark Reynolds role for Alabama, leading the team in both Home Runs and Strikeouts. If he gets on base, watch out for Jim Jarvis, yes…the younger brother of Luke…who leads the team with a 7 out of 10 in the Stolen Base department. The SEC Network will lean heavy on this series this weekend, giving it both the Friday (7:30 pm) and Sunday (3:00 pm) slots. Meanwhile Saturday’s game with stream on SECN+ at 2:00 pm.



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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Auburn football: Priority QB target says Tigers’ offer “meant everything”

Auburn football is tearing up the 2023 recruiting trail, and have set their sights on a quarterback prospect from one state north. The Tigers offered 3-star Brock Glenn of Memphis, Tennessee during his visit to campus for the spring A-Day game. Glenn, who is ranked as the #498 overall prospect and #24 quarterback in the […]

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Auburn basketball fans react to Julian Phillips’ UT commitment

Auburn basketball fans have been in for an exciting offseason so far. The Tigers will be sending Freshman of the Year Jabari Smith and Defensive Player of the Year Walker Kessler off to the 2022 NBA Draft, a pair of players that undoubtedly made history on the Plains. 4-star shooting guard Chance Westry and 3-star […]

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Auburn basketball fans freaked out about reporter’s ambiguous Julian Phillips tweet

Auburn basketball fans were losing it trying to figure out what a reporter’s tweet about Julian Phillips–who will be announcing his 2022-23 destination tomorrow–meant on Wednesday afternoon. Andrew Slater, who serves as Pro Insight’s Director of Scouting and a voter for the Naismith Trophy and Spalding All-American for high school honors, said that he knew […]

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Auburn football working to flip UCF edge commit Isaiah Nixon

Is 2023 the season of the flip for Auburn football? While the roster for 2022 is mostly set in stone at this point aside from additions that may be picked up through the NCAA transfer portal, the Tigers’ coaching staff is working hard to secure a dynamite class for 2023 cycle. Several top prospects from […]

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