AUBURN WINS! … Tigers Punch Ticket to College World Series!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

AUBURN WINS! … Tigers Punch Ticket to College World Series!

For the first time since Tim Hudson wore an Auburn uniform the Auburn Tigers are making travel arrangements for Omaha, Nebraska. The Tigers beat 14th ranked North Carolina 14 -7 to punch their ticket to the College World Series. 

And they did it dominating fashion jumping on the Tar Heels in a 13 run first inning and recording 18 total hits on the day. It was a historic performance. North Carolina had never lost a Super Regional in six previous hosting opportunities. In addition, the 13 runs were the second most runs scored in a single inning in NCAA Tournament history.

Tar Heel fans must have thought the inning would never end as they saw 17 Tiger batters produce nine hits off of four different pitchers, taking the Heels nearly 50 minutes to get the third out.

North Carolina is one of the best hitting teams in the tournament and tried to come back off a couple of homeruns but the Tigers had essentially put the game away in the first. Tanner Burns got the start producing 2 scoreless innings before freshman Ricahrd Fitts took the win with 5.1 innings pitched. Cody Greenhill came in and produced the last out in a 1.2 relief inning performance.

Coach Butch Thompson acknowledged in the post game that he  knew some doubted this bunch after a mid season slump (that was precipitated by key injuries). A fact which had to make the Super Regional Championship that much sweeter.

“To see our players celebrate is special to me,” Thompson said. “To see the perseverance, and to see these young men rally around one another, I am proud to be their coach.”

And the Auburn Family is proud to be their fans. What a testament of the Auburn spirit of “Never to Yield” in sweeping the Atlanta Regional and now winning the Super Regional to advance to the College World Series for the first time since 1997.

War Eagle!

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