The LineUp 5/10
Let's see what presents the interwebs brought us today....
1. Congrats to the Grads
A total of 52 Auburn student-athletes graduated as part of the Auburn University's Spring 2011 graduating class on Monday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The six from baseball are Justin Hargett (Hartselle, Ala.), Michael Hurst (Vestavia Hills, Ala.), Jon Luke Jacobs (Gainestown, Ala.), Christopher O'Neil (Birmingham, Ala.), Kevin Patterson (Birmingham, Ala.) and Sean Ray (Virginia Beach, Va.).
2. Quite the Interesting Theory, Kendall
2:17 Comment From Danimal
How oh how will the (SEC) West be won? 5 teams all within a game of each other with 6 games remaining. Looks like a cluster to me. Who wins it and who gets left out of the SEC Tourny (sic)?
Man, bringing the fastballs up and in very early today. The SEC West, as you said, is an absolute mess. Auburn finishes the regular season with a home series against Alabama and a road series vs. Tennessee. I'll give the edge in the West to the Tigers. As for teams not making the tournament, give me Ole Miss and LSU as the two teams that don't make the tournament, though, Ole Miss and Mississippi State is pretty much a tossup at this point.
3. Congrats to our brothers up I-85
The No. 10 Auburn University at Montgomery baseball team made the 45-team championship field and the school is one of nine host sites for the opening round tournament that starts Thursday, May 12 and runs through May 16.
Each site will feature a five-team double-elimination tournament. The winners will join host Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at the Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho May 27-June 3.
AUM is in the bracket with LSU-Shreveport, Union (Tenn.), William Woods (Mo.) and Huntington (Ind.).
4. Looking Grim for LSU
Just a few days ago, Mainieri and his players were riding high after their sixth straight win — 10-6 over Alabama on Friday night that put the Tigers just one game out of eighth. LSU exploded for 14 hits and 10 runs in the first five innings Friday in easily its best offensive showcase in the SEC this season.
"I thought it was as good as we've swung the bats all year," Mainieri said. "We had played so well for five and a half straight games. I thought to myself, 'This is going to be a fun stretch run.'"
Then, as they have done consistently all year, the Tigers just died and lost the next two games 4-0 and 9-0, registering just 16 hits over the two games. The last time LSU was shut out in back-to-back SEC games was in 1982 against Ole Miss. That is four SEC shutouts on the season for another embarrassing historical mark. The last time that happened was pre-Woodstock — in the 1969 season.
"It was baffling," Mainieri said. "I've got the foot on the gas pedal, and everything is just clicking."
(via Shreveport Times)
5. Carolina Needs to get their act together
at this point it becomes all about June, not May, and if you remember last season you’ll recall that May is actually the best time to stumble a little.
Last year May was a horrible month for USC, losing to Kentucky and Florida in regular season series before choking out against Ole Miss and Auburn in the SEC tournament. Did it matter? In getting a bid, no, but in getting our players motivated, yes. The fact is those losses woke this team up from their complacency and supplied them with a little more will to win, which they embraced and rode all the way to the top.
(via Free Times)
AUPPL Note: Seriously, Gamecocks, get it together. Don't phone it in the last two weekends. Auburn needs you to beat Alabama and Arkansas. Get it together, birds.
6. Trent Mummey Update
Frederick outfielder Trent Mummey crashed into the wall today while trying to make a catch. He was taken by stretcher to a local hospital, but Stockstill said that the early reports are good and Mummey is alert and responsive. ...
(via Orioles Insider)
Single-A Frederck outfielder Trent Mummey, who suffered a concussion when his head struck the outfield wall in yesterday's game at Harry Grove Stadium, today was placed on the disabled list. It appears Mummey could miss at least two weeks.
(via MASN Sports)
There are some encouraging words late this afternoon coming from Single-A Frederick Keys outfielder Trent Mummey after his scare during today's game at Harry Grove Stadium.
Mummey tweeted this via his Twitter account a few moments ago:
Thanks for all the wishful thoughts! Scary moment but I'm thanking god that everything is going to be ok. #countingmyblessings
Mummey's head hit the outfield wall in the top of the second as he dove for a ball. He was down for several minutes and taken off on an ambulance. Good to hear him say he's going to be okay.
(via MASN Sports)
7. Feels Like Old Times, Huddy
Hudson shut out Milwaukee 8-0, allowing just a fourth-inning double and ninth-inning walk to leadoff man Rickie Weeks. He threw first pitch strikes to 26 of the 29 batters he faced as the Braves swept a doubleheader.
After the game, he credited catcher David Ross' pitch selection behind the plate and playfully said that it felt like they were back at Auburn together, where they were batterymates more than a decade ago.
"That was back in the old days," Ross said. "I stunk back then."
Ross was filling in for starting catcher Brian McCann after McCann caught the first game of the twinbill.
It was Hudson's 12th career shutout and third career one-hitter.
8. Best. Correction. Ever.
9. 6 Games. 8 Days. All Alabama.
The Auburn baseball team will play six consecutive games against teams from inside the state of Alabama, starting on Tuesday at 6pm at Samford. Following that game the team will return home to play host to Alabama State at 6pm on Fan Appreciation Night, where admission is free.
Auburn (25-22) is coming off of a series win over Georgia over the weekend and is looking to reverse its fortunes against Samford (29-19) after being shutout, 8-0, at Plainsman Park on April 26.
Auburn will start Sr. RHP Bradley Hendrix (2-1, 3.18) on Tuesday, his third start of the season, while Samford will throw Sr. RHP Josh Van Fleteran (3-2, 5.67), who will be making his 10th start of the season.