Auburn football: Scrimmage success and a win on the diamond

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, football focuses on squad goals and the Tigers gear up for a busy weekend. 

Scrimmage No. 1 

Gus Malzahn held his team’s first scrimmage on Saturday morning. After several practices at the Auburn Athletics Complex, the Tigers moved to Jordan-Hare Stadium and went live.

While the scrimmage was closed, the official Auburn Football Twitter account captured some footage on the day:

According to Malzahn and a handful of players who spoke with the media, both offensive and defensive players performed well in what was overall a pretty even day.

Auburn will be back on the big stage next weekend after a couple more practices this week.

If you’re having a hard time getting excited because you can’t hang out and watch Auburn practice, it’s understandable. But think about the view you’ll have at the A-Day game on April 8.

Still having a hard time getting pumped up?

Chandler Cox might be able to help with that. The H-back is typically one of the more vocal players during stretches and warmups. That also goes for pre-scrimmage pep talks.

An alum represents  

Just a few years ago Jordan Lee was a member of the Auburn fishing team.

On Sunday, the Alabama native caught a bass so big (it weighed 27 pounds, 4 ounces to be exact) he became the champion of the 2017 Bassmaster Classic.

Lee, 25, won a grand prize of $300,000 and beat another Auburn resident (Steve Kennedy) to snag an important trophy in the bass fishing world.

ICYMI 

Happening on the Plains 

No. 20

Auburn (20-6, 5-1 SEC) baseball got its 20th win of the season and a series win at Georgia on Sunday afternoon.

The last time the Tigers reached 20 wins this quickly was during 2003, when Auburn opened the season 20-5. Davis Daniel made his first SEC road start, throwing six shutout innings and recording 6 strikeouts.

The Tigers will take the diamond again on Tuesday to face Alabama at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery.

A tough loss for the Tigers 

On Friday morning, Auburn’s No. 1-ranked equestrian team defeated Texas A&M for an opportunity to compete for a second straight SEC title.

The match was so competitive it came down to the final discipline of reining, but big rides from junior Alexa Rivard and sophomore Betsy Brown helped Auburn pull off the win.

Unfortunately, the Tigers didn’t have as much luck on Saturday morning.

After suffering two straight losses to Georgia during the regular season, Auburn again was defeated by the Bulldogs at the Auburn University Horse Center.

The Tigers were down three points at intermission but gave themselves a chance at a second consecutive championship with strong rides in equitation on the flat. And once again, the outcome came down to reining.

Still, despite the disappointing weekend at home, Auburn isn’t done. The Tigers head to Waco, Texas, for the NCEA Championships in mid-April.

A historic season

Auburn soccer had its banquet over the weekend and Karen Hoppa’s team had a long list of accomplishments to celebrate. Here are just a few of the impressive feats:

To add to that list, several players earned awards for their efforts.

Junior Kristen Dodson and senior Casie Ramsier were named the most valuable offensive players, while the most valuable defensive player went to Kiana Clarke. The trio had already been honored with All-SEC first-team selections.

Sophomore Gianna Montini was selected as the most improved player, while two freshmen shared the team’s rookie of the year award: All-SEC freshmen Bri Folds and Karli Gutsche.

The coaches’ award, voted on by the Auburn staff, is handed to the player based on attitude and dedication. That honor went to Haley Gerken.

Alyse Scott was presented the spirit award and Britne Holderby was given the academic captain award.

Goalie Sarah Le Beau received the golden glove for recording the most saves during the season.

Lastly, Clarke earned the iron woman for playing the most minutes throughout the season (She only missed 8 minutes … total.).

Going for a win in Gainesville 

Auburn softball dropped back-to-back games in Florida on Saturday and Sunday.

The Tigers struggled in the circle at times and at the plate, but had an especially hard time in the field. Two critical fielding errors resulted in Auburn squandering a lead on Saturday. The following day, Florida’s Kelly Barnhill proved too tough to handle from the circle.

Clint Myers’ team will try to avoid a third straight loss on Monday at 6 p.m. CT in the Swamp.

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