Auburn football: Family matters; Tigers down Gamecocks in dramatic fashion in baseball
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 parents day and baseball’s big win against South Carolina.
If you’re around the Auburn football team a lot, you’ll probably hear the word family.
At assistant coach media day last week, Auburn coaches Kodi Burns and Travis Williams (both are former Tigers) did their best to explain exactly what “Auburn family” means.
It’s more so a feeling than anything and it was in full effect over the weekend.
Auburn scrimmaged for the second time this spring in Jordan-Hare Stadium. After that short scrimmage (only about 55 plays), players had the opportunity to relax and enjoy some time with their loved ones.
? | Our favorite sights from Parents' Day 2017.
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) April 2, 2017
Senior defensive back Tray Matthews took Auburn fans inside the gathering, showcasing some of Auburn football’s best parents.
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) April 1, 2017
Kerryon Johnson mentioned his family on social media, too, in response to this tweet:
When you think you're just going out to eat & get surprised with a new car!!! ?? Just thankful & blessed ✨ pic.twitter.com/6g6NyPSGmv
— tara michelle. ?? (@taramichelle143) March 31, 2017
I get excited when my parents bring me their leftovers from going out to eat https://t.co/sozXgrjagd
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) April 2, 2017
As we all know, Mondays can be tough.
If you’ve started the week with a long to-do list, Carl Lawson has a message to help you tackle the week ahead.
The NFL draft is later this month, and Lawson, who consistently talks about his motivations and drive on Twitter, is as focused as ever.
Not even out of character in my dreams. I have a vision, so no matter what I stay on a mission.
— carl lawson (@carllawson55) April 2, 2017
- SEC Country’s Justin Ferguson says Auburn assistant coach Kodi Burns is the perfect coach for John Franklin III as he makes a QB-to-WR switch.
- AL.com says this is how Jarrett Stidham is impacting Auburn’s defense this spring.
- Brandon Marcello of 247Sports says Jarrett Stidham believes he has weaknesses, but coach Gus Malzahn says he’s also hard on himself.
- Auburn writer Jeff Shearer says Gus Malzahn likes the competition he’s seeing at this point in the Tigers’ spring practices.
- SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk says this Auburn linebacker target named the Tigers his No.1 after just one visit.
- 247Sports’ Keith Niebuhr put together a slide show of photos and highlights of quarterback target Bo Nix in action at a recruiting camp near Atlanta.
- The Opelika-Auburn News’ Josh Vitale says this is what Rodney Garner thinks about the expectations put on Byron Cowart.
Happening on the Plains
Auburn softball struggles in the state of Florida, but its most recent trip to the Peach State went exactly according to plan.
The Tigers capped their series with Georgia with a 4-3 win on Sunday, sweeping the Bulldogs on the road for the first time in history.
It was the 31st overall victory this season and the sixth conference win for Clint Myers’ team. Kaylee Carlson was outstanding in the circle, throwing a complete game (2 strikeouts and one induced double play).
At the plate, Kendall Veach, Carlee Wallace and Alyssa Rivera combined to go 6 for 10, and Veach became the first player since Tiffany Howard to deliver two triples in a game (Howard did it against UCLA in 2015.).
Here are some highlights from the W:
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) April 2, 2017
Auburn is in action again on Wednesday, taking on Samford at Spain Park High School at 7 p.m. ET.
Baseball strikes again
Many Auburn fans considered the Tigers’ baseball series against South Carolina a test. Could the Tigers, who’ve been impressive this season with the best start in recent history, pull off an upset of No. 7 South Carolina?
Butch Thompson’s team passed with flying colors — and clinched the series win against the Gamecocks in exciting fashion.
Freshman Conor Davis hit a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Auburn to a 6-5 win on Sunday afternoon. It was Auburn’s first series victory against South Carolina at Plainsman Park since 1996.
Here are some sights from the weekend:
— AuburnPix (@AuburnPix) April 2, 2017
And, of course, a chance to see Davis’ walk-off homer again:
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) April 2, 2017
While it was a great weekend for the Tigers on the diamond, it was even better because there were 11,914 Auburn fans in attendance. That’s the largest series attendance total at Plainsman Park since 2003 and the third largest in stadium history.
Of all those fans in attendance, some were catching their first-ever baseball game and loving it.
My first Auburn baseball was a great experience @AuburnBaseball ! That Casey boy is the truth !
— TriggaTray (@Trigga_Tray28) April 1, 2017
Gymnastics finishes season in Fayetteville
Auburn’s gymnastics season came to an end over the weekend in Fayetteville, Ark. The Tigers tied for third with a season-high score of 196.600 at their NCAA regional; unfortunately, the Tigers just missed out on a trip to the NCAA championships.
Utah, which earned the top seed for the region, won the meet (197.150), while No. 2-seeded Denver came in second (197.050).
The Tigers tied with host team Arkansas (196.600). Sophomore Samantha Cerio scored a career-high (9.925) to advance and will compete as an individual on bars. Freshman Katie Becker earned a career-best score (39.200) in the all-around and will accompany Cerio at the NCAA championships in St. Louis.
— Auburn Gymnastics (@AuburnGym) April 2, 2017
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