After beating Alabama State, the No. 17 Auburn Tigers softball team (29-6) (7-5 SEC) stayed home in Jane B. Moore Field to take on the No. 7 Florida Gators (30-6) (7-5 SEC) in what was a heavyweight matchup, that ended in a series win for the Florida Gators who just beat the Tigers 2-1.
Auburn will be back in action starting April 12th at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. The Tigers will be one of eight teams competing and are looking to win their first national championship.
For the first time since 1997-98, Auburn has won four straight conference road series.
“I think it hit them like a ton of bricks early,” Graba said. "In the end, you just got to survive and advance.”
“Our defense let us down today,” said head coach Mickey Dean. “We had five errors on routine, easy plays. We would never have faced the heart of Kentucky’s lineup in the seventh with a clean game. We played hard, but we have to do the little things.”
Auburn’s six-run comeback was the team’s largest since a seven-run comeback against Florida A&M in 2017.
Bruce Pearl said, “But what I'll take from this team is the fact that they brought it every night. They won more games on the road than any team in the SEC in league play, and we have the best home court advantage in league play.” He added, “That's why we were able to finish. We finished 15-3 in the league. So champions.”
Overall, Auburn played a very up and down series against the No. 1 team in the nation, but showed if they do not shoot themselves in the foot with errors and leaving runners on, this Auburn team can play with anyone in the SEC or nation as evidenced by the second game win by the score of 19-5.
"Auburn's defense was outstanding. That’s been what has carried us all season long and that gives us our best chance in the tournament,” said Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl.
Auburn went wire-to-wire against the Frank Martin led Gamecocks (18-12, 9-9 SEC, defeating South Carolina 82-71. Jabari Smith led in scoring once again with 21 points, his third straight 20 point game, and KD Johnson was not far behind with 18.
Auburn Gymnastics opens Neville arena by setting a program record in Tie versus No. 3 Florida Gators
Thanks to performances by Olympic Gold medalist Sunisa Lee, senior Derrian Gobourne and the largest crowd in Neville Arena history, Auburn set a program record with a score of 198.575, tying the Gators.
Auburn clinches a share of the SEC regular-season title with 81-68 overtime win over Mississippi State
“This is one of the best regular season wins I’ve had,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. “It was awesome to see the fight they had on the road and how bad they wanted to win this championship”.
For the second straight year, Auburn (10-18, 2-14 SEC) has been eliminated in the first round of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Following the game, Coach Thompson expressed gratitude for the opportunity to get much-needed experience for some of the teams’ key players including Nate LaRue and Cam Hill.
The Tigers shot it at a 35.4% clip, while the Volunteers shot it at a 32.8% clip. However, Tennessee has a big edge in both rebounding and free throw shooting. The Volunteers outrebounded Auburn 54 to 31 and grabbed 21 offensive boards.