Auburn @ Alabama
- Friday: 19-5 W
- Saturday G1: 5-0 W
- Saturday G2: 20-5 W
Let’s just hit the highlights from what happened this weekend:
- Friday, Auburn tied its highest run out put vs. Alabama and also tied the largest margin of victory against the Tide.
- Saturday G1 was the first Auburn shutout of Alabama since the 1990 season, the first series win since 2012 and the first series win in Tuscaloosa since 2004 and was Tanner Burns first SEC win.
- Saturday G2 was all the more glorious as it was the first series sweep in Tuscaloosa since the College World Series team of 1976, the largest beating Auburn has ever given Alabama in the history of the series and the most runs Auburn has ever scored on the Tide.
Let’s look back on this beauty by seeing EVERY SINGLE RUN AUBURN SCORED ON ALABAMA, SHALL WE!
Pitching Performance of the Weekend
Casey wasn’t himself after taking a liner off of his arm but was fine in the innings after and should be good to go for Thursday in Gainesville. Andrew Mitchell looking solid in his first start in SEC play this year and Davis looked like he was a bit better out of the pen so that’s also something. Tanner Burns though gets the nod getting his first win of SEC play and shutting down the Tide in 7 innings. Burns battled and Alabama did threaten but Burns was able to take it another notch to hold them at bay. He is doing exactly what you would want a freshman to do with as much playing time as he has seen, he’s getting better with every start.
Batting Performance of the Weekend
Gosh, it could go to so many people…Josh Anthony looked good at the plate after his bomb, Venter got a grand slam, Julien hit a couple of moonshots including the last runs of the series that I’m not sure if it ever landed…no one said it did so it may be in orbit somewhere over Terra Haute. However, I am going to go with Steven Williams this week. The freshman again looked like anything but, going 6 for 10 with 5 walks, 8 RBIs, 7 Runs Scored and 1 Home Run for the weekend. The impressive thing to me was he was able to situational hit in times when Auburn needed to push across runs. Should he continue to do that for the rest of the season he could shoot up the charts as a dominate hitter for the Tigers.
Around the League (now with Standings!)
#1 Florida @ #10 Kentucky, THU 11-2 FLA, FRI 9-4 FLA, SAT 3-2 UK
Solid series win for number 1 as they bounce back after their midweek drop to Jacksonville. For Kentucky, Helli just hasn’t been the same pitcher he was last year and Florida took their turns on him. Nice game 3 win to salvage the series against a team that is head and shoulders above everyone else right now.
#4 Arkansas @ Mississippi State, FRI 6-5 MSU, SAT G1 5-3 MSU, SAT G2 7-5 MSU
Well, that escalated quickly…WHERE IN THE WORLD DID THAT COME FROM STATE! This was a team that has been scuffling the past couple of weeks but just couldn’t get that stop or that hit when they needed it…well they got it this weekend. Fantastic sweep of a really tough Arkansas team and it begins to beg the question, are the Hogs one of those teams that are great at home and average on the road?
#21 Georgia @ #8 Ole Miss, FRI 3-2 UGA, SAT G1 8-4 MISS, SAT G2 5-2 MISS
This was probably the best series of the weekend as I am convinced that if they played a 4th game, Georgia would win. Very nice win for the Rebs.
#9 Vanderbilt @ Missouri, THU 2-1 MIZ, FRI 3-1 MIZ, SAT 6-2 VU
There goes Mizzou again, pulling one out of nowhere against a Vandy team that we really don’t know what we have except a really solid team.
#17 Texas A&M @ Tennessee, FRI 7-4 UT, SAT 8-3 A&M, SUN 6-4 UT
Well the trend continues with the surprising series outcomes. There’s the signature series win that Coach Vitello has been wanting in year 1.
#20 LSU @ South Carolina, FRI 11-0 USC, SAT 11-4 USC, SUN 8-6 USC
There are years where Carolina was their best that they wouldn’t sweep LSU and then this year’s team, that has battled and worked hard but underachieved in some eyes, goes out and punishes LSU. Fantastic series sweep for the Gamecocks.
As much as we want to bask in the glow of what happened, as this point we have to let it go and focus on the next up. The Tigers make a pit stop at Plainsman Park Tuesday to take on Samford in their return match from 2 weeks ago. Again, this will be a tough test to see if the bats traveled from T-town. Following Tuesday, it’s a quick trip on Highway 82, take a right on I-75 to Gainesville to take on #1 Florida for a Thursday-Saturday tilt. This will obviously be the biggest test Auburn has faced all year as they begin Super Regional Month (4 weekend series vs teams that are highly ranked and could end up in Super Regionals). We will dive in deeper to the weekend Thursday morning. Just remember, 44-10. It was an awesome weekend.