Auburn will be back in action on Tuesday night as they travel up to Hoover, AL to take on the Samford Bulldogs. Then they travel up to Lexington. KY to take on the Kentucky Wildcats for the final three games of the 2022 regular season.
After losing a series to No. 3 Arkansas, the No. 20 Auburn Tigers (33-16) (13-11 SEC) traveled down to Riddle-Pace Field to gain some momentum against the Troy Trojans (29-18) (13-11 Sun Belt). The Tigers rode a fast start, and electric bats from the whole team to win 11-4.
“It was encouraging to see the relief performance from Shelby Lowe," Auburn head coach Mickey Dean. “The efforts from Sam Yarbrough and Aspyn Godwin in the seventh inning on their senior day brought tears to my eyes.”
“Credit to our guys who didn't blink after Friday and pushed this series all the way to late Sunday to give us a chance to win,” said Auburn head coach Butch Thompson.
The Tigers will be looking to carry the seven-game win streak momentum into their toughest challenge yet, the No. 1 team in the nation in Rocky Top.
The Auburn Tigers will go on to play there last midweek game against Alabama State on Wednesday April 27, in Montgomery at 5 p.m. before wrapping up the season with two SEC Series in Georgia, and Tennessee, as the Tigers will look to gain momentum for the SEC Tournament which starts on May 10.
“The last two games even though we won them we left 30 guys on-base, that third inning set us up pretty good," head coach Butch Thompson said.
“She has been a workforce, I told her the last couple days I really appreciate what she is doing right now,” said head coach Mickey Dean on Penta reaching the milestone.
“It fired her up a little bit. She had a good game against them earlier in the season. It is difficult to pitch well against the same team twice."
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“I’m thankful to get this one…but it’s gonna be one of those weeks where we knew going into it how big a week this is gonna be,” Thompson said when talking about tomorrow night’s matchup versus Kennesaw State and this weekend’s series with the South Carolina Gamecocks.
In the top of the eighth inning Brooks Carlson hit a double down the right field line and there was a fielding error that allowed Bobby Peirce to score and gave Auburn a 3-2 lead. Blake Burkhalter was able to nail down the save for Auburn in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Tigers avoid the sweep.
“Just really proud of the team. We are in an area that we have not been before…we proved some people wrong. I’m just really happy with our performance.” said Jeff Graba in his opening remarks to the press conference after the meet.
Suni Lee led the Tigers with an all-around score of 39.6750 and won the individual beam national championship.
“We found a way to play clean baseball defensively and scored three of the last four innings,” head coach Butch Thompson said.
“That’s a big one today and I couldn’t be more proud of the pitchers stepping up,” said head coach Butch Thompson.
Auburn had their annual inner-squad “A-Day” game today inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. The biggest question going into today was who will get the most playing time at the quarterback position. The new look of the defense was also a big talking point.
Auburn will be back in action this weekend as they host the No. 12 Vanderbilt Commodores at Plainsman Park. The games will be on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.