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More than 23,000 fans filed into Jordan-Hare Stadium on a rainy Saturday afternoon for the A-Day spring game.

Auburn sports: Successful spring game in the books; softball’s Kaylee Carlson gets win No. 63

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Successful spring game 

Auburn’s spring game provided a reminder that football is right around the corner, but for a few hours on Saturday, fans got to feel like it was September.

More than 23,000 fans filed into Jordan-Hare Stadium and watched what was a somewhat lackluster performance from the Tigers. Still, even with quarterback Jarrett Stidham being sidelined, some key offensive linemen injured and disappointing weather conditions, it was a pretty successful day.

Nick Coe took home defensive MVP honors while walk-on running back C.J. Tolbert picked up offensive MVP honors. That special teams honor went (of course) to kicker Anders Carlson. Former players, including Carl Lawson, returned to the Plains and got at least a glimpse of the potential team the Tigers will field in 2018.

There’s a long way to go, but there’s also a lot for Auburn fans to look forward to.

As previously noted, the weather was not ideal on Saturday, but thousands of fans still showed up in orange and blue. It made for a special day for lots of players, coaches and administrators who put in a lot of work to make A-Day memorable.

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Auburns wins SEC series over Tennessee, Carlson wins the day 

It was a very good Sunday for Auburn softball and senior Kaylee Carlson.

The Tigers topped No. 8 Tennessee 6-0 to win their fourth straight SEC series and the senior pitcher set a program record by picking up her 63rd career win.

To make a memorable afternoon even sweeter, it was Carlson’s 10th complete game this season, and she allowed only 3 hits while striking out 5. It was also Auburn’s 21st shutout, just three games from the 2004 record (24).

Coach Mickey Dean had this to say about Carlson after the win:

“It’s a like a broken record, she just goes on and on. She’s a bulldog. She wants the ball and don’t care what she’s feeling like. She’s pitched hurt, she’s pitched tired. She just wants the ball and wants to be the best for her team.” 

Auburn will head to Columbia, Mo., this weekend to take on Missouri. Here are some highlights from the Sunday win:

Baseball falls in Fayetteville  

No. 13 Auburn came up short in its weekend series against No. 5 Arkansas in Fayetteville. The Tigers lost on Sunday afternoon, falling to 23-10 overall and 4-8 in conference play.

Butch Thompson’s team will be back at it Tuesday evening in Birmingham as the Tigers take on Samford. The first pitch of the midweek game is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

Tweet of the day 

More like the tweet of the weekend, but this was a bright spot on an otherwise cloudy A-Day.

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