Apologies for the delayed absence. Real world and computer problems converged.
So the Florida Series didn't go as hoped. Tornado warnings paused Game One. Florida was up 4-1 in the fifth when play was suspended.
Luckily, the Tigers were able to use the layoff to their advantage; using a walk off homer by Justin Hargett to win the series opener 8-7. Rallying from a 7-1 deficit in yet another comeback win.
Later on Saturday, well, a tornado did hit, somewhat. An offensive barrage and an ugly loss left the Tigers stinging. AU falls 24-2.
In the rubber game, the Auburn staff issued 11 walks (is Blane Boyer on the staff now?) and Florida took the series 5-1.
Tuesday, in a makeup game, Auburn took on South Alabama down in Mobile. Personally, I hate playing South Alabama, they are one of the better teams historically, in College Baseball, and every loss to them stings. Auburn could only muster six hits and fell 5-2. The loss snapped a streak of 14 games over non-conference foes. It was Dexter Price's first loss of the year.
Finally, the bats woke up and on Wednesday night, led by Brian Fletchers 3 HRs (in his first 3 ABs) and Paul Burnside (who picked up his first win in almost 2 years). Auburn snapped a 3 game losing streak and won 12-7.
Auburn is still in the middle of the pack in the SEC standings:
Only 8 teams will make it to Birmingham and right now Vandy, Auburn, Alabama, and South Carolina are all competing for those final 3 spots.
It doesn't look like it will affect Auburn's chances to get to the NCAA Tourney.
Rivals has us a 3 seed in the Chapel Hill Regional (Along with UNC, Oregon State, and Manhattan)
College Baseball Blog has a few better expectations. Ranking us as a #2 seed in the Atlanta Regional (along with Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, and Binghamton)
Paul Nix passed away. The man pretty much responsible for making Auburn the program what it is today. It really is a sad day for Auburn (and capped off a pretty sad start of the week for baseball in general with the deaths of Mark "The Bird" Fidrych and Harry Kalas.
THE BIG SHOW
Auburn has a couple of players sprinkled around the Minor Leagues. I'll have a complete Big Show recap later in the night. But until then here's the Auburn release.