Auburn sports: Prospective and current Tigers spent weekend doing big things
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Prospects doing big things
SEC Country’s Benjamin Wolk has said a lot of good things about 5-star linebacker Owen Pappoe, including how Auburn seems to be cutting into Georgia’s lead in the recruiting race.
Pappoe recently visited Auburn and that time on the Plains may have been just what he needed as he prepared for a Nike Opening camp.
At the Elite 11 camp over the weekend, Pappoe set a Nike Opening regional record with a 147.12 SPARQ testing score. The test combines the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 5-10 5 shuttle and kneeling powerball toss. That score topped 5-star Georgia commit Nolan Smith, who previously held the record (141.18).
Pappoe still has to make a final decision, but with Auburn apparently leading the race, it seems like good news for the Tigers.
— Benjamin Wolk (@benjaminwolk) April 15, 2018
Owen Pappoe with a Nike Football rating of 147.82. Highest ever at a Nike Opening regional. pic.twitter.com/XndH12nejn
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) April 15, 2018
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Baseball comes up with big series win
Auburn baseball was feeling good on Friday evening. Casey Mize was leading in a big way and the Tigers earned a win in their opening game against Mississippi State.
Mize threw his second complete game of the season, lifting Butch Thompson’s team to a 2-1 victory. The junior allowed just 1 run on 5 hits (no walks) and struck out 9 batters. Saturday was a different story, though.
The Tigers fell to visiting Mississippi State 7-2 at Plainsman Park on Saturday after allowing the Bulldogs 5 runs in the third inning.
Still, Auburn returned for its Sunday rubber game and found a way to get it done. The Tigers were down 4-0 in the sixth inning, but the offense finally started rolling. Brendan Venter came up with a 3-run home run and Auburn ended up winning 7-5 and, of course, the series.
Auburn’s victory Sunday was the largest comeback for the Tigers since rallying to top UAB earlier this season. Thompson’s ball club is now 25-12 overall and 6-9 in conference play, and the skipper is hoping that series provides some momentum heading to Tuscaloosa this weekend.
Here’s a look at Venter’s homer that helped Auburn pull off the series win:
ICYMI | This 💣 from @bvent11 gave us the lead in a 7️⃣-run sixth inning.
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) April 15, 2018
Softball goes cold in Missouri
No. 8 Auburn softball experienced a disappointing series loss to Missouri in Columbia last weekend. The Tigers lost two games on Friday and Saturday (5-4, 5-1), then their Sunday game was canceled because of cold temperatures.
Coach Mickey Dean’s team is now 36-10 overall and 9-8 in SEC play. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the weekend losses break a streak of four straight series wins for Auburn.
The Tigers will return to Jane B. Moore Field and take on Arkansas this weekend.
Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Bama anymore……. ❄☃️❄ pic.twitter.com/7FEI8AN7uD
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) April 15, 2018
Tweet of the day
Need some motivation to really get your Monday started? Auburn center Anfernee McLemore has some inspiration for you:
I know the process is so much stress, but it’s the progress that feels the best 🦍 https://t.co/Ps6NzAsPhI
— Anfernee McLemore (@akmclemore) April 14, 2018
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