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Auburn football: Why Alabama should be weary of the Tigers; baseball snaps its losing streak

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. Today, we discuss the reality Alabama fans could face this fall and the start of the Tigers’ final 2017 SEC baseball series on the Plains. 

Ready to roll?

The 2016 Iron Bowl was rough for Auburn fans.

Though the Tigers put up an impressive fight for one half in Tuscaloosa, Auburn eventually lost a 30-12 fight with Nick Saban’s team.

Alabama’s defensive line dominated. Auburn struggled to move the football down the field. And by the end of three quarters, Tide fans seemed to be more focused on the music blaring in Bryant-Denny Stadium than the game unfolding on the field.

But this season could have quite a different feel.

 

According to former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, who discussed Auburn on SEC Network recently, the Tigers could “pose a test” for Alabama in 2017.

It’s one thing to hear those kind of things from former Auburn players, coaches or alumni, but when that kind of outlook comes from your fiercest rival?

Well, you know it’s a serious matter.

ICYMI

Happening on the Plains 

Baseball stops at No. 7 

Auburn baseball has been having a tough time in recent SEC series, but the Tigers finally turned things around on Thursday night.

Keegan Thompson’s pitching performance propelled Auburn to a 4-1 win against Ole Miss at Plainsman Park, snapping a seven-game losing streak for the Tigers.

Thompson, who pitched 6 innings, tossed 87 pitches (58 of which were strikes) totaled 8 strikeouts and only walked 2 Ole Miss batters.

While Butch Thompson’s team has had some fielding issues of its own as of late, Auburn capitalized on an Ole Miss error early before Daniel Robert sent a home run to right.

Auburn plays Game No. 2 against Ole Miss on Friday (6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET, SEC Network+) and concludes the series on Saturday (1 p.m. CT/ 2 p.m. ET, SEC Network+).

Softball snags more recognition

This weekend is what Auburn softball has been looking forward to since its season opener against Oklahoma: The NCAA Tournament is finally here.

The Tigers are hosting an NCAA regional at Jane B. Moore Field. Notre Dame and Cal are set to play at 1 p.m. and Auburn will face East Tennessee State University at 3:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU).

But even before the first pitch of games this weekend, a few Auburn players were able to add to their long list of accolades.

Four players were named to the NFCA All-Southeast Region team. And keep in mind, the Southeast is perhaps the toughest place to shine when it comes to softball, too.

Catcher Carlee Wallace landed on the first team, pitcher Kaylee Carlson and Kasey Cooper were named to the second team and freshman outfielder Alyssa Rivera was a third-team All-Region honoree.

While Cooper was likely disappointed in her second-team selection, the distinction makes her the first player in Auburn history to earn all-region accolades four consecutive seasons.

And again, there’s still time to add a few more honors and a title to the list.

Tennis taking on Texas Tech 

Auburn women’s tennis, which is currently ranked No. 11, is looking at a matchup with No. 7 Texas Tech on Friday in Athens.

It’s the second straight season the Tigers have made it to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

First serve is set for 11 a.m. CT. The winner will advance to battle the winner of Ohio State and South Carolina.

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