Game 6 - #2 Auburn (2-0) vs #1 North Carolina State (2-1)
Sunday: 15-7 W
June 6, 1999. I was sitting at my kitchen table in Valdosta, GA, listen to Rod and Andy on aunetwork.com. It was a Regional Final against Tulane and if Auburn won, I got to go to the first ever Super Regional in Tallahassee, which is 45 minutes from my home town and my team would be playing there. I listened so intently and wished so badly I could be there to watch the team spill out on to the Plainsman Park diamond and celebrate a regional championship, just 2 wins away from Omaha. Auburn took game 7 of the regional 13-9 and I swore to myself I would be able to watch the next time Auburn won a regional. Well, it wasn’t how I thought but thanks to ESPN3 I got to watch it live as it happened. Our Auburn Tigers are Raleigh Regional Champions and are just 2 wins away from the Promised Land of Omaha.
Andrew Mitchell got the nod for the Tigers and was exactly what Auburn had hoped, as he was able to get through a powerful Wolfpack lineup once, going 3.1 giving up 3 runs on 2 hits with 3 Ks and 2 walks. Cody Greenhill came in and was the Bull we all know and love, throwing 86 pitches on the night and only having a hiccup of a 3 run homer in the 8th. Davis Daniel relieved and was as good as you could have hoped going 1.1 giving up a run on 2 hits and striking out 2. The pitching staff again was perfect, but they didn’t need to be and that’s because the Auburn offense was on fire as it was all weekend. Auburn scored in every inning but the 6th and 7th, pounding out 15 runs on 16 hits. The most encouraging part from a fan perspective, all but 3 of the 15, a 3 run Canada Bomb from Julien in the 8th were done by moving runners and getting base hits. The man with the hottest bat without question was Josh Anthony. The senior went 9-13 with two doubles and a bomb on the weekend in a huge performance that is well deserved for the young man. On the weekend, Auburn pounded out 40 runs on 50 hits in 3 games….GOODNESS. One can only hope this keeps up as the Tigers head to the SUPER REGIONALS!
Reactions to the Auburn Win
I figured I would put all the fun things from Twitter here so we could get all the feels this Monday morning
Several teams that had their guts ripped out in regional finals last year — UNC, Auburn, Arkansas — have gotten some redemption and advanced to supers with strong 3-0 showings in regionals. Experience matters. https://t.co/GkeOGgQyUF— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) June 4, 2018
Luke Jarvis: "It’s indescribable, esp the way that happened last year—it didn’t feel like we just lost, it felt like we got our hearts ripped out. To come in here and do it the way we did it, it felt like from start to finish we were in control of the regional, it was incredible"— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) June 4, 2018
Notes from other Regionals
Clemson – Vanderbilt hit 9 bombs in a bludgeoning of Clemson to take the Regional. Congrats to Coach Corbin and the Vandy boys. I had them all but done after the Auburn sweep at the beginning of May but danged if they didn’t do a 180 since that Sunday afternoon at Plainsman Park to possibly host a Super Regional.
Stanford – Shout out to my second favorite team, the Cal State Fullerton Titans. This hasn’t been the season Rick Vanderhook and the boys thought they would have coming off another CWS appearance but a Big West Title and now another Regional win over Stanford makes the season a little bit brighter. Now that Coastal Carolina is out of the picture, the Titans have a real shot at making the CWS again if they can get past Washington, and who would have thought that at the beginning of March…
Tallahassee – How about the never say die Bulldogs. State pushed Oklahoma to a winner take all on Monday at noon with a 13-5 whipping. Win or lose today, congrats to Garry Henderson and the Mississippi State program for fighting through an unimaginable season that had bigger ups and down than any roller coaster I’ve ever seen.
Here is your updated brackets with game times for today:
Let’s let this one soak in for a second. Auburn has made it to a Super Regional for the 2nd time in program history, has tallied 42 wins on the season, best for 9th so far in Auburn history and the 11th team all time to hit the 40 mark in program history. They are also one of three SEC teams to have tickets punched to the Super Regionals with another five that could do so today as well. And the scariest part for SEC teams, this is a young Auburn baseball team. We will do an in-depth look at the end of the season of what Auburn will lose and bring back for the 18 campaign but the future is bright.
Tonight is the MLB draft and Auburn should hear a name called in the first 2 picks at the latest, as Casey Mize still looks like the #1 overall but it is a beauty pageant so you never know. Florida and FAU will battle in Gainesville at noon to see who gets the right to face the Auburn Tigers next weekend so keep an eye on that, Florida just needs 1 win while the Owls will need to take down Florida twice. One last time though, congratulations to Coach Butch Thompson and the rest of the staff and more specifically the players, you guys have made fans that have been following this program for so long so very proud of this team and get Auburn baseball back to the level it deserves to be at, in Supers with a chance to take the field at TD Ameritrade Park along the banks of the Missouri River.