Weekend Recap: Big Orange
All in all a good weekend. Auburn did something it hadn’t done in a long time, winning an SEC Opening series on the road, for the first time since 1997 and the first time it won an SEC opening series since 2003. Wow, marks of 9 and 6 years respectively.
Now that we’ve started SEC play, instead of break down each weekend game by game, I’ll give a weekend recap.
It was a rain shortened weekend. After Auburn took game 1 4-2, they managed to seal the series with a 8-5 win in the first game of a double header (two 7 inning games). Unfortunately, the Tigers couldn’t pull off the sweep and rain out of gas, falling 7-1 in the finale.
All in all it was a good weekend for the Tigers. No, they didn’t get the sweep, but honestly, I that was an outside possibility and not a true reality.
It was the Grant Dayton show. Dayton was just dominant. Sick Nasty. Any other words you want to describe his performance. It was good to see Dayton back to his Freshman form.
Of course, the bullpen had to make it interesting. Austin Hubbard came in didn’t allow any earned runs (according to the box score, I personally disagree). UT tacked on 2 runs, but couldn’t manage any more and Grant Dayton gets his second win of the year.
SUNDAY (GAME ONE)
The Tigers just out-powered the Vols. Belting 4 home runs on the day and climbing out to a 6-0 lead, before UT scrapped a few more runs and made in interesting. The early offense allowed Auburn to overcome a so-so start by Jon Luke Jacobs. Austin Hubbard gets his 3rd save of the year and the Tigers win 8-5.
SUNDAY (GAME TWO)
Paul Burnside, on short rest, was ineffective, getting dinged up for 6 ER in 3.1 innings. Auburn, probably a little tired from playing 11 games in 13 days (including 2 Double Headers and 4 Road games), could only muster 3 hits on the day. Tigers fall 7-1 and snap an 11 game winning streak.
Grant Dayton. Dayton should probably get some SEC Player of Week notices. His line from Friday: 8 IP/3H/8K/0ER
Joseph Sanders. For the weekend he was 5-11 and added his 8th and 9th HRs of the year. He was also the only player to have a decent day in Sunday’s 2nd Game. (2-3).
-As noted before, the SEC Opening series win was Auburn’s first on the road since 1997 and the first since 2003
-Yes, Sunday’s loss sucks, but it’s not terrible. It is, however, a good motivator:
"When you look at the grand scheme of things, going on the road to open the SEC season and winning the first two games, I told the kids there are a lot of positive things to take from this weekend," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "Winning two out of three gets us off to a good start but the second game (on Sunday) leaves a bad taste in your mouth."
-Auburn has hit 39 HRs already this year. I’ll see how that ranks in the NCAA and SEC later
-With the series win, Auburn starts with a little breathing room in the SEC. The SEC Standing (combined)
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Overall. Good work Tigers.