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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn had a busy weekend filled with graduation and a baseball game.

Auburn sports: Tigers give reason to celebrate weekend

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Starting weekend strong 

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn shouted out all of his current players who graduated last weekend. That included quarterback Jarrett Stidham and many others who went through ceremonies on campus.

It was step 1 of a weekend that provided many reasons to celebrate.

Then, Malzahn took the mound for Auburn baseball at the Friday evening game at Plainsman Park. It was an impressive toss from the coach and preceded the Tigers’ dominant win over Vanderbilt.

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Big weekend for Auburn baseball 

When Auburn and Vanderbilt started their three-game series at Plainsman Park over the weekend, the Tigers hadn’t swept Vandy since 2002.

As the weekend unfolded, however, that narrative changed in a memorable way.

No. 20 Auburn defeated the Commodores in all three games, completing the first series sweep of Vandy in 16 years. With the trio of wins, Butch Thompson’s baseball team is now 34-14  overall (13-11 SEC).

It started on Friday evening when ace Casey Mize matched a program record, striking out 15 batters in a complete game. The junior is now 9-2 on the season and has a 2.25 ERA. On Saturday, Auburn followed its strong opener by seizing another early lead. Tanner Burns earned the win and the Tigers clinched the series with an 11-5 victory.

Still, Thompson’s ball club wasn’t done just yet. Auburn finished the weekend by defeating Vandy 14-0, which was the team’s first shutout against the Commodores since 1998.

Auburn is back in action this week on Tuesday when the Tigers take on South Alabama at Plainsman Park.

Softball sweeps, prepares for SEC Tournament 

Auburn softball swept Chattanooga in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader in Tennessee. Now, the Tigers will turn their attention to the SEC Tournament in Missouri.

Mickey Dean’s team will be a No. 9 seed in the SEC Tournament, which will be held at the Missouri Softball Stadium May 9-12. It will be Auburn’s 18th overall appearance in the tournament and fifth straight. The Tigers are also entering the tourney having won it all during two of the last three tournaments.

The Tigers are scheduled to play No. 8 Alabama on Wednesday night. The winner will take on No. 1 Florida on Thursday. Wednesday and Thursday games will be broadcasted on SEC Network.

Tweet of the day 

Auburn coaches continue to show support for one another and it seems to be working out well.

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