Auburn football: Spring semester grades are in, David Ross just short in DWTS finale, plus Tigers survive

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 classroom achievements and baseball’s start in Hoover. 

 Celebrating spring semester

Spring semester can be tough.

Many football players have fewer practices and (maybe) slightly more downtime. Still, because of the way the fall schedule is set, it usually means tougher classes for players when they return after the new year (think classes you’re trying or have tried to avoid).

Even with a heavy academic load this spring, a dozen Auburn players managed to earn a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Success in the classroom and a big A-Day? Sounds like a winning equation.

David Ross misses out 

Former Auburn baseball player David Ross didn’t take home the mirrorball  trophy after the season finale of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars Tuesday night. Former NFL running back Rashad Jennings and his partner were crowned champions.

Still, he and partner Lindsey Arnold — affectionately known to many as Lady and the Gramp — were finalists and perhaps one of the most improved duos of the season.

Here’s a look at one of his baseball-dancing moments:

And while Ross won’t be carrying the mini mirrorball trophy home, he’ll always have this …

And he’s probably all right with that.

ICYMI

Happening on the Plains 

Hanging out in Hoover 

Auburn baseball won its final SEC series over Ole Miss last weekend.

And Butch Thompson’s team topped that by winning its opening game of the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala., with another win over the Rebels. Here’s a quick look at what the win looked like from the dugout:

The victory Tuesday night truly was a team win. Blake Logan drilled a solo home run while Jonah Todd and Conor Davis also added two hits. Luke Jarvis also added a critical run on a wild pitch.

Keegan Thompson got the start on the mound (three innings), but Casey Mize came in pitched the final six innings for the save. Mize allowed just a 3 hits and struck out 9.

Another reminder 

You couldn’t have possibly forgotten that Auburn softball is facing Oklahoma this weekend in the NCAA Super Regionals.

Tigers including Casey McCrackin, Kendall Veach and Victoria Draper talked about the importance of home-field advantage in this round of postseason.

Clint Myers’ team has dealt with the Sooners and their fans before — like last season at the WCWS in Oklahoma City — but now the Tigers are looking to show OU and its fans what Jane B. Moore field is all about.

And remember, tickets might be hard to come by, but there is additional seating available.

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