Auburn sports: Basketball falls to Clemson, while baseball, softball welcome SEC play
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Basketball misses out on Sweet 16 in San Diego
While Auburn basketball put together a historic season this year, it came to an end on the West Coast on Sunday evening.
Things started well, but for a long stretch in the first half, the Tigers couldn’t buy a bucket, and it was costly. For an in-depth look at exactly what happened against Clemson, check out Justin Ferguson’s instant analysis from Sunday. It’s everything you want to know, or maybe would prefer not to know.
Auburn basketball won an even but ugly NCAA Tournament game Friday against the College of Charleston. On Sunday, Auburn was the only one supplying the ugly. https://t.co/irGFfwJ3Wf
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) March 19, 2018
Despite the disappointing ending, Auburn basketball finished where most people thought it couldn’t this season: atop the SEC and in the NCAA Tournament. The first-round win against College of Charleston was a step in the right direction.
Auburn received a taste of what the postseason can be like, and now it’s a little rest, a lot of recovery (for some) and it’ll start all over again before you know it.
— Auburn Basketball (@AuburnMBB) March 19, 2018
In other Auburn news:
- Auburn’s offensive line is getting schooled, and that’s a positive.
- How Auburn football program used newfound basketball success to help recruit.
- Anfernee McLemore traded crutches for pom-poms during Auburn’s NCAA Tournament run.
- Auburn football’s No. 1 recruiting priority in Class of 2019.
- Auburn basketball’s NCAA Tournament matchup against Clemson was just like looking in a mirror.
- Auburn basketball earned its first NCAA Tournament win in 15 years.
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Softball swings to beat Bama
Friday evening was rough for Auburn softball. The Tigers were sloppy early against Alabama in their SEC home opener at Jane B. Moore Field and it proved costly.
After the first game, coach Mickey Dean said his team wasn’t playing collectively and was looking for better defense through the rest of the weekend.
Auburn got its act together on Saturday and earned a win against the Crimson Tide, then came through on Sunday.
In the final inning, Auburn’s bats started up. Alyssa Rivera had a leadoff home run to left center and then Taylon Snow advanced to second on a wild pitch. That set up the big moment for Casey McCrackin, who capitalized, singling and giving Snow just enough time to run home.
That sent No. 12 Bama back to Tuscaloosa with an “L” and gave No. 14 Auburn its first SEC series win. Auburn heads to Alabama State on Wednesday night, but first, here’s a look at the excitement:
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) March 18, 2018
Auburn baseball welcomes SEC play
Auburn baseball ended last week with a loss to Northeastern, but the Tigers turned things around in a big way during their SEC home opener.
Casey Mize, who matched his career-high 13 strikeouts, became the first Auburn pitcher to win his first five starts of the season since Tim Hudson did so in 1997.
Then, Butch Thompson’s team clinched the series on Saturday with a comeback win (eight runs in the eighth didn’t hurt, either). On Sunday, the game went Texas A&M’s way, but it was the first series win over the Aggies for Auburn since 2014.
Next up for Auburn is a trip to Georgia Tech, followed by a road series in Lexington against Kentucky.
4️⃣-win week and @SEC series win. 🤘
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) March 19, 2018
Tweet of the day
All eyes on what next season could be.
Still happy for my brothers. Y’all accomplished the impossible✊🏾. Now let’s see if I can get cleared and come back and kill next year.
— Thedanjelpurifoy3 (@DanjelKevon3) March 19, 2018
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