Auburn football: The Plains according to Jarrett Stidham; softball gets a win in Gainesville

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, Auburn QB Jarrett Stidham talks about his transition from Baylor to Auburn, the baseball team earns another SEC honor and softball has a pleasant end to its road trip to Florida. 

Sweet home Alabama for new QB

Jarrett Stidham has been on the Plains since December, and it hasn’t taken the Texas native long to feel like Alabama is a sweet home.

In his first media appearance this spring, the Auburn quarterback described his transition to Auburn. He touched on the people and the family feel, never really running out of great things to say about his new home.

And it’s not even football season yet, Mr. Stidham.

ICYMI

Happening on the Plains 

Baseball keeps rolling 

The Tigers earned a big win in the Peach State over the weekend, defeating the Georgia Bulldogs on the road.

That was largely thanks to freshman Davis Daniel, who got his first career conference win on Sunday. For his six shutout innings (he also allowed just five base runners), the newcomer was honored as the SEC Freshman of the Week.

The Montgomery, Ala., native helped Auburn hold its place in the top 20 (the team currently is No. 17), and it’s the first time the Tigers have recorded 20 wins since 2004.

Daniel isn’t the only youngster who’s been in the spotlight for Auburn, either. Earlier this season, Will Holland garnered the honor, too.

Auburn baseball takes on Alabama in the ninth annual MAX Capital City Classic in Montgomery on Tuesday with a very special guest scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

Last time the Tide and the Tigers met, Auburn came away with an 8-1 win in Tuscaloosa. Auburn is hoping to extend that streak.

Getting a ‘W’ in Gainesville 

Auburn softball had a rough trip to Florida.

Despite having a lead in the opening game of the series on Saturday, the Tigers lost two straight to the Gators.

Fortunately, Kaylee Carlson tossed a complete game shutout on Monday evening to help Auburn avoid a series sweep against the No. 2 Gators.

It was Carlson’s third complete game (the second in her last 3 starts) and perhaps an even more impressive achievement considering UF racked up 17 hits in the first two games of the series.

Kendall Veach came away with a solo home run and Haley Fagan and Carlee Wallace provided singles, too.

A key win

As important as it was for the Tigers to pick up a win to avoid the sweep, the team also gave head coach Clint Myers his 1,500th victory.

Auburn continues SEC play at Georgia this weekend.

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