Auburn football: The last spring practice; baseball scores big

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 end of spring football practices and a high-scoring baseball game.

Another spring in the books 

Just like that, football is done.

Auburn finished its final spring practice (No. 15) on Tuesday night. There was no media availability or press conference for the last day, but Auburn writer Jeff Shearer reported the Tigers “went short in shorts.”

It seems this spring was extremely successful on the Plains. From speaking with head coach Gus Malzahn, his staff and Auburn players, it seems the Tigers feel good about where they stand heading into the summer.

They’re so pleased with things, they’ve adopted the motto “our time.”


Championship is a word that’s been used often around the Auburn Athletics Complex in the last few weeks, but now it’s time for the work that wins it.

Weekly practice insights might not be available. Regular students will leave and many football players will stay on campus. But the time players dedicate in the coming weeks and months will be on full display come August.

The next football action you see from Auburn will mean you’re one step closer to the 2017 season.

Until then, feel free to watch this clip of all Auburn’s plays from the spring game over and over to stay entertained. And follow SEC Country, of course.


Happening on the Plains 

Home run, anyone? 

Auburn baseball dropped to No. 10 after letting an SEC series escape it in College Station. But the Tigers turned things around at Samford on Tuesday night — well, kind of.


Butch Thompson’s team scored a season-high 16 runs and improved to 25-10 overall. Dylan Ingram drilled a grand slam that helped lift Auburn to an 8-1 lead in the second inning. It was the first grand slam for the Tigers since May 2012, or 276 games.

After a few more runs were traded, Auburn solidified the win, 16-15. Next up is Tennessee in Knoxville on Saturday (6 p.m. CT, SEC Network).

Another Tiger snags a conference honor 

Alyssa Rivera earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors on Tuesday, becoming the third player so far this season to be recognized (Haley Fagan and Carlee Wallace have already earned weekly honors.).

The outfielder finished the weekend with an impressive batting average (.500) and recorded multiple hits in 2 of the 3 games against the Ole Miss Rebels. Rivera plated both game-winning runs in Auburn’s two wins against Ole Miss.

Auburn softball gets going again Wednesday at Jane B. Moore Field, taking on Georgia State at 6 p.m. CT.

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