Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Recap: Upset Alert

 

The upset bug was biting around the SEC Tuesday Night. Luckily, the Auburn Tigers managed to avoid it.

On a night that saw 5 SEC upsets and 2 close calls, Auburn bounced back and took care of business in a big way.

Ole Miss lost to Saint Louis (not the Cardinals) 15-11

Georgia was upset by Wright State 8-5

Florida was blanked by North Florida 3-0

Mississippi State was blasted by South Alabama 17-15

and West Virginia topped Kentucky 10-7.

Not a good night for the league. Especially considering that Vanderbilt (10-9 Winners over Austin Peay) and LSU (3-2 over Harvard) needed to eek out wins.

But Auburn used a huge 9 run 6th Inning to send Samford to the showers. Winning 18-7.

CJP puts it in perspective:

"The final score really didn't indicate the type of game it really was," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "We were down 7-4 and we end up scoring nine runs that inning. We put some good swings on it and had some really good at bats, especially with two strikes and two outs and I thought that was the difference."

He’s absolutely right. It won’t look it in the book, but Auburn was struggling early and spinning its wheels a bit and then just exploded. Samford sent 8 pitchers to the rubber and really just looked lost. (Which is a shame because Casey Dunn is their head coach, he’s a good Auburn guy).

TOP HITTER:

Joseph Sanders. Big Joe Sandy finally got back on track after a forgettable weekend against Arkansas. 2 Home Runs. A Grand Slam. 6 RBIs. Ouch.

TOP PITCHER:

Dexter Price didn’t have his best stuff and his pitch count got up a bit. But the man of the night was probably Bradley Hendrix. In an extended bullpen session he went:

4 ip/3h/1er/4k

and picked up the win.

JOBU SAY?

The bats. They awoken again. 4 Jobus.

 

OTHER NOTES:

-Auburn returns to action Friday against Vandy. I’ll have a preview Thursday Morning.

-The game against Troy has been postponed due to weather. The make up will be Wednesday, April 29, at 6 pm, the night after Troy comes to Plainsman Park for a 6 pm contest on the Plains.

-Thanks to the FSU game being snowed out, we picked up Bethune Cookman for a midweek game. We play the Wildcats April 8th (a Wednesday).

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