Auburn had one of its best spring sports days I can ever remember today, as the baseball, softball, and gymnastics teams all came away with big wins.
The baseball team got the winning underway with a 6-4 victory over Jacksonville State in their first game of the Snowmaha Classic. Auburn fell behind early on, but came from behind to take a big lead before allowing Jacksonville State to make a big rally in the top of the 9th.
For a moment it seemed as if JSU may have taken the lead as a ball hit into right field was snagged by Jordan Ebert in a diving catch. Ebert threw the ball back into play after not seeing any sign of the umpires ruling the play an out, and Jacksonville State celebrated a lead that was short lived. The umps reversed their call and ruled Ebert's play a catch for the third and final out of the top of the inning and the game.
The baseball Tigers will take on #10 Oklahoma State tomorrow at 3pm CDT.
The softball team's game got underway a bit earlier than originally scheduled at 4:45pm CDT, but ended around the same time as the baseball game that began at 3pm. That's because the Tigers once again won in the 5th inning by run-rule, 14-2. The Tigers are 19-1 on the season, and 14 of those 19 victories have been by run-rule.
Lexi Davis earned the victory and is still undefeated on the season, while five different Tigers hit long balls. Home runs have been a staple of this season's team, as second year head coach Clint Myers has the Tigers rolling. They will take on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in their third game of the Wilson/DeMarini Classic beginning at 5pm tomorrow.
The night was capped off by Auburn Gymnastics' multiple record-breaking performance against the Georgia Gym Dawgs in a Top 10 meet in a sold out Auburn Arena. It was the first ever sell out for Auburn Gymnastics, with 7,424 people on hand.
Junior Caitlin Atkinson broke the school all-around record with a 39.675, including a career record 9.975 on the floor. As a team the Tigers scored 49.550 on the floor for the highest score of the year in that event. The final score was #7 Auburn 197.750 - #9 UGA 196.775. The Tigers final score was also a team record.
The Tigers will travel to Kentucky for a match-up with the Wildcats next Friday before returning back to the state of Alabama for a big match-up against the Crimson Tide in Birmingham next Sunday, March 8th.
Congrats to all of the Tigers of every variety for quite a day in Auburn Athletics!