Auburn sports: Softball comes to end; baseball turning toward SEC Tournament
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Tiger turned Lion
Former Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson is adjusting well to different colors and a new mascot in Detroit. It was a quiet weekend for football over the weekend, but Johnson posted this tweet, giving Auburn fans a look at his new threads.
For just $9.99, those who want to keep up with Kerryon can do so by buying his rookie trading card.
— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) May 19, 2018
In other Auburn news:
- Auburn recruiting: Tigers riding 2019 momentum with Big Cat Weekend upcoming
- Auburn softball’s 2018 season ends with close loss to Jacksonville State.
- Ex-Auburn QB, Last Chance U star John Franklin III confident about switching to defense in NFL.
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Right Tigers come out on top
Auburn baseball won an important series at Plainsman Park over the weekend. Though the home Tigers fell short on Friday night, ultimately Butch Thompson’s team bounced back on the final day of the series, defeating LSU and claiming a series victory.
The series win against LSU was the first for Auburn since 2012 and locked Auburn into third place in the SEC West. It’s the team’s highest finish in the division since 2011.
As of now, Thompson’s team has racked up 37 regular-season wins, the most since 2010 (38). The home Tigers, even with a Friday night loss, averaged 9 runs per game and turned in a staff ERA of 3.67.
Shortstop Will Holland was 10 for 14 from the plate and notched 3 hits in all three games. That included a career-high 4 hits in the series opener and 2 home runs in the Saturday finale.
Saturday was also memorable for Andrew Mitchell, who pitched a career-high 7.0 innings, matched a career-high 9 strikeouts and retired the last 10 batters he faced (oh, and earned a win against his former ball club).
This week, it’s finally SEC Tournament time. Auburn is the No. 7 seed and will face No. 10 Kentucky on Tuesday at 1 p.m. CT in Hoover, Ala.
.@AMitchell_41 saved his best for last. 💪
— Auburn Baseball (@AuburnBaseball) May 19, 2018
Softball’s 2018 season ends in Florida
Auburn softball battled at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional last weekend but came up short and bowed out of the postseason.
The Tigers lost two close games (2-1 to Florida State and 3-2 to Jacksonville State), ending the 2018 season.
Mickey Dean’s ball club finished the season with a record of 41-17 (11-12 SEC). Kaylee Carlson, after a loss against Florida State, finished 21-7. Auburn took an early lead against Jacksonville State, courtesy of Alyssa Rivera, but it wasn’t enough to keep Jacksonville State at bay during the elimination game.
Fought hard 'til the very end, but season ultimately comes to an end in Tallahassee Regional
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) May 20, 2018
Tweet of the day
Despite the disappointing finish, Auburn softball’s seniors accomplished a lot during their final season and earned the respect of those around them, too.
Thank you to the @AuburnSoftball seniors @KayleeDenise_16 @courtneyshea93 and @VictoriaBethhh. Its an honor to have been able to broadcast your careers. What you three accomplished will never be forgotten. War Eagle ladies!
— Brit Bowen (@britbowen09) May 20, 2018
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