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Is Auburn Baseball’s Road to Omaha Becoming More Clear?

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auburnWhen the Auburn Tiger baseball team took the field against George Washington to begin the season, what were most fans expectations? Make the SEC tournament? Finish with a .500 record? Just improve from last year? Well the Tigers are absolutely shattering those expectations as they are currently top ten in the nation and sporting a 30-13 record and a 12-6 record in conference play. Also, in the most recent poll by Baseball America, Auburn was ranked number five nationally while USA Today has the Tigers ranked ninth. Who would have seen Auburn, a team that has not made the College World Series since 1997 and has not won the SEC tournament since 1989, in the top ten nationally and the best team in the SEC by late April? Nobody.

 

Auburn started to turn some heads by sweeping a well-respected Florida team to open conference play back in mid-March, then took two out of three from Georgia in their first conference road trip of the season. What transpired on Sunday will become a major turning point for the Auburn Baseball team- a series win against the previously best ranked SEC team, Arkansas. The series win pulled Auburn into a tie for second in the SEC with Arkansas and Kentucky, just one game behind Mississippi State. Not only did the Tigers win two games in the series, the Auburn offence put up 15 runs in a 15-2 rout Friday night, then put up 11 runs in an 11-6 victory Sunday night. It’s obvious that Auburn’s offence, which does not have any elite prospects of any kind yet, is clicking on all cylinders. Junior third baseman Josh Anthony has emerged as the leader of the Tigers at the plate, as he tallied nine hits and seven RBI in the series against the Razorbacks.sec

 

On the mound, Auburn’s one-two punch of redshirt junior Keegan Thompson and sophomore Casey Mize has been unbeatable for the Tigers. Thompson, who redshirted last year due to injury, is sporting a 1.48 ERA and a 5-1 record through nine starts. Casey Mize solidified his spot in the rotation this year and has been very effective through nine starts this season, as he holds a 1.23 ERA and a 6-1 record.

 

Now Auburn heads into perhaps their toughest test of the season this weekend, a three game road trip against Mississippi State, who holds the best record in the SEC. The way the Tigers have been playing against in-conference rivals, it’s sure to be a great game. Game one is Friday night at 6:30 on SEC Network +, Game two will be Saturday night at 7:00 on SEC Network, and game three will be at 12:30 also on SEC Network.

 

Now only one question remains, can this be the Auburn baseball team that can break the twenty-year Omaha drought? If you ask the latest Baseball America poll, the answer is yes.

Auburn High Clinches Playoff Berth After Win Over Smiths Station

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ahs-logo-smallThe Auburn High school baseball team had no problems winning game one and game two in a three game set against area rival Smiths Station to become 7A area 4 champions. Auburn won two out of three against Central back on April 8th and 9th, then mercy ruled Smiths Station twice on Wednesday and Thursday to secure a spot in the AHSAA 7A baseball playoffs.

Auburn won game one Wednesday by a 12-1 final at home (game one recap), then won the series by winning game two 11-1. The Tigers got the scoring started early, as an RBI double by Brooks Fuller and a sacrifice fly by Clay Golson gave Auburn an early 2-0 lead after just one inning. In the top of the second, Rowdy Jordan hit a two run homer to right field to push Auburn’s lead to 4-0. Later in the second Brooks Fuller recorded another RBI double to bring in Garrett Morris, then Rollins Cleveland brought in two more runs on a two out double making the lead 7-0 after two innings. The Tigers tacked on another run in the top of the third on a Rowdy Jordan RBI single to make the score 8-0 in favor of the Tigers. In the top of the fifth, Auburn scored three more runs thanks to a Rowdy Jordan RBI ground out, followed by RBI singles by Brooks Fuller and Teddy Benda. Smiths Station scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, but still fell because of the ten run through five innings mercy rule.

Brooks Fuller earned the win for pitching all five innings allowing no earned runs on just two hits and recorded four strikeouts. Rowdy Jordan finished the game two for four with four RBI’s and a run scored, while Brooks Fuller went three for four at the plate with three RBI’s.

The Tigers finished the season with an impressive 21-9 record and an area title. The Tigers will host in the first round of the playoffs against the area 1 runner-up (Mary Mongomery or Alma Bryant). The game and every playoff game will be broadcast on ESPN 106.7, and streamed online at espnau.com, the ESPN 106.7 app, and on the ESPN 106.7 Facebook page.

Auburn High Downs Area Foe Smiths Station

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ahs-logo-smallThe Auburn High School baseball team knows what they need to do to make the 7A playoffs, and they are now one step closer after a 12-1 rout of Smiths Station on Wednesday night. Auburn High must win their area in order to make it to the AHSAA 7A baseball playoffs and after taking two out of three from Central-Phenix City back on April 5th and 6th, the Tigers must take two out of three from their other area foe Smiths Station to win the area.

The Tigers drew first blood in the bottom of the first with an RBI double by junior Garrett Morris, then he later scored on a Smiths Station error. Later in the inning Clay Golson hit a two run home run to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. After a couple of singles, junior Tanner Jones doubled in another run, then he was followed by a two RBI double by senior Rowdy Jordan pushed Auburn lead to 7-0. After another Smiths Station error allowed Jordan to score, an RBI single by Brooks Fuller gave Auburn a 9-0 lead (yes, still in the bottom of the first). Later in the inning, Golson hit his second home run of the inning to bring in three more runs giving the Tigers a 12-0 lead through just one inning.

Smiths Station got on the board in the top of the third thanks to a solo home run but fell victim to the ten run mercy rule as soon as it was effective after the fifth inning and the Tigers won 12-1.

Twelve runs was more than enough for Auburn ace Drew Jennings who earned the win for pitching all five innings allowing only one earned run on two hits and striking out four. Golson finished the game two for two with five RBI’s while Jordan finished one for three with two RBI’s and two runs scored.

Thursday, the Tigers and Panthers will finish out the series with a double header in Smiths Station, where the Tigers hope to clinch a playoff berth. Scott Bagwell and Blake Ramsey will have coverage beginning at 6:00 CT on ESPN 106.7  following The Drive with Bill Cameron. The coverage will also be streaming online at espnau.com or on the ESPN 106.7 app.

Auburn High Baseball Falls to Rival Opelika

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The Auburn High baseball team took a break from region play to take on their rival Opelika on March 8th, Auburn won at home with a score of 10-4 but didn’t have the same luck Tuesday night in Opelika and fell 6-1. Auburn starter Taylor Adcock struggled on the mound as he gave up three earned runs before being pulled after the second inning. Opelika scored three more in the bottom of the third to take an early 6-0 lead. Auburn’s only offense of the night came from junior Brooks Fuller’s solo home run in the top of the seventh.
Opelika starter Mitch Myers shut down the Tigers. He pitched a complete game (7 innings)  allowing only three hits and one earned run. Auburn played well out of the bullpen as Juniors Robert Chapman, Richard Preus and Wes Starr each pitched a scoreless inning.
The next game for the Tigers will be Friday at home against Oxford. Scott Bagwell and Riley Hubbard will have the call on ESPN 106.7 beginning at 5:30. The game will also be streamed online at espnau.com or on the ESPN 106.7 app.
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ESPN 106.7 is Moving to New Studios!

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espn-106-7-a-oESPN 106.7 is moving to brand new studios. That’s the good news.

The bad news is we have to take down and then reassemble our tower and relocate all of our studio equipment, and that will require us to leave the air for a few days.

We’ll be up and running and back to normal by Monday. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Former SEC Players in Major League Baseball

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Donaldson, the 2015 American League MVP, played for the tigers from 2005-2006

With the 2017 Major League Baseball season kicking off Monday, check out the full list of former SEC players that will be taking the field today:

Auburn University

Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays 3B

Grant Dayton, Los Angeles Dodgers RP

 

 

University of Alabama

David Robertson, Chicago White Sox CP

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Robertson, a 2011 All-Star and a Birmingham native, pitched for the Crimson Tide from 2005-2006.

Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers C

Tommy Hunter, Tampa Bay Rays RP

Wade LaBlanc, Pittsburgh Pirates RP

Adam Morgan, Philadelphia Phillies RP

Josh Rutledge, Boston Red Sox 3B

 

University of Arkansas

Dallas Keuchel, SP, Houston Astros

Drew Smyly, SP, Seattle Mariners

Logan Forsythe, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays

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Keuchel, the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner, pitched for the razorbacks from 2007-2009

James McCann, C, Detroit Tigers

Andrew Beninetidi, Boston Red Sox 3B

Mike Bolsinger, Toronto Blue Jays RP

Brett Eibner, Los Angeles Dodgers CF

Craig Gentry, Baltimore Orioles LF

Blake Parker, Los Angles Angels of Anaheim RP

Matt Reynolds, New York Mets SS

Andy Wilkins, Milwaukee Brewers 1B

 

University of Florida

Anthony DeSclafani, Cincinnati Reds SP

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DeSclafani, the Reds Opening Day starter, pitched for the gators from 2009-2011

Darren O’Day, Baltimore Orioles RP

Mike Zunino, Seattle Mariners C

Kevin Chapman, Atlanta Braves RP

Matt den Dekker, Miami Marlins CF

Cole Figueroa, Miami Marlins 2B

Ryan Raburn, Cincinnati Reds LF

Preston Tucker, Houston Astros LF

 

University of Georgia

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Wood, a second round draft pick in the 2012 MLB draft, pitched for the bulldogs from 2010-2012

Alex Wood, Los Angeles Dodgers SP

Gordon Beckham, Seattle Mariners SS

Josh Fields, Los Angeles Dodgers RP

Justin Grimm, Chicago Cubs RP

 

University of Kentucky

Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians 2B (transferred)

Joe Blanton, Los Angeles Dodgers RP

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Kipnis, a two time all-star, played for the Wildcats from 2006-2007 before transferring to Arizona State

Collin Cowgill San Diego Padres OF

Andrew Albers, Atlanta Braves RP

Trevor Gott, Washington Nationals RP

Luke Maile, Tampa Bay Rays C

Alex Meyer, Los Angeles Angels of Anehiem SP

James Paxton, Seattle Mariners SP

A.J. Reed, Houston Astros 1B

Taylor Rogers, Minnesota Twins RP

Chris Rusin, Colorado Rockies RP

 

Louisiana State University

DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies 2B

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LeMahieu, the 2016 National League batting champion, played for the tigers from 2008-2009

Aaron Hill, San Francisco Giants 3B

Alex Bregman, Houston Astros 3B

Louis Coleman, Cincinnati Reds RP

Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles SP

Nick Goody, Cleveland Indians RP

Will Harris, Houston Astros RP

JaCoby Jones, Detroit Tigers 3B

Mikie Mahtook, Detroit Tigers LF

Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies SP

Anthony Ranaudo, Chicago White Sox SP

Ryan Schimpf, San Diego Padres 2B

Jason Vargas, Kansas City Royals SP (transferred)

 

Mississippi State University

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Frazier played for the bulldogs from 2011-2013

Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates LF

Chad Girodo, Toronto Blue Jays RP

Kendall Graveman, Oakland Athletics SP

Jonathan Holder, New York Yankees RP

Mitch Moreland, Boston Red Sox 1B

Hunter Renfroe, San Diego Padres RF

Chris Stratton, San Francisco Giants

 

University of Mississippi

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Pomeranz, a 2016 all-star, pitched for the Rebels from 2008-2009 (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Drew Pomeranz, SP, Boston Red Sox

Chris Coghlan, Toronto Blue Jays LF

Zach Cozart, Cincinnati Reds SS

David Goforth, Milwaukee Brewers RP

Mike Mayers, St. Louis Cardinals RP

Alex Presley, Detroit Tigers LF

Seth Smith, Baltimore Orioles RF

 

University of Missouri

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Scherzer, a two time Cy Young Award winner, pitched for the tigers from 2004-2006

Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals SP

Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers 2B

Kyle Gibson, Minnesota Twins SP

Brett Nicholas, Texas Rangers C

Nick Tepesch, Minnesota Twins SP

Rob Zastryzny, Chicago Cubs RP

 

University of South Carolina

Jackie Bradley Jr, CF, Boston Red Sox

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Bradley, a 2016 all-star, played for the gamecocks from 2009-2010

Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays 1B

Sam Dyson, Texas Rangers RP

Lonnie Chisenhall, Cleveland Indians RF

Heath Hembree, Boston Red Sox RP

Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals 2B

Steve Pearce, Toronto Blue Jays 1B

Michael Roth, San Francisco Giants RP

 

University of Tennessee

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Dickey, the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner, pitched for the Volunteers from 1994-1996

R.A. Dickey, Atlanta Braves SP

Chase Headley, New York Yankees 3B

Matt Duffy, San Fransisco Giants 3B

Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians C

Julio Borbon, Free Agent CF

Zach Godley, Arizona Diamondbacks SP

Luke Hochevar, Free Agent RP

Andrew Toles, Los Angeles Dodgers LF

 

Vanderbilt University

David Price, Boston Red Sox SP

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Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner, pitched for the Commodores from 2005-2007

Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves SS

Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics SP

Ryan Flaherty, Baltimore Orioles C

Curt Casali, Tampa Bay Rays C

Carson Fulmer, Chicago White Sox RP

Caleb Cotham, Free Agent RP

Tony Kemp, Houston Astros LF

Drew VerHagen, Detroit Tigers RP

 

Texas A&M University

Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals RP

Justin Ruggiano, San Francisco Giants CF

Cliff Pennington, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B

Logan Kensing, Free Agent RP

Daniel Mengden, Oakland Athletics SP

Tyler Naquin, Cleveland Indians CF

Ross Stripling

Alex Wilson

 

 

Two Former Auburn Tigers Get Ready to Take the Diamond on Opening Day

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Major League Baseball’s official “Opening Day” is set for this Monday, April 3rd, and two former members of the Auburn University baseball program are getting ready to take the diamond. The most popular former Auburn Tiger is the Toronto Blue Jays’ third baseman Josh Donaldson. The 2015 American League MVP played for Auburn from 2005 to 2006, posting a .276 batting average, 10 home runs, and 42 RBIs in his final year at Auburn before being drafted in 2007.

 

Donaldson has recently been battling a calf injury, but says that he has fully recovered, as was able to participate in the final few weeks of spring training games. Although he wasn’t able to enjoy a full spring training season with the rest of the team, Donaldson is still confident that he is prepared for the regular season, “I’ve hit some balls pretty decent in camp, I haven’t had much to show for it, but honestly I wouldn’t have cared if I had hit in the entire Spring Training. As long as I’m seeing the ball well, that matters right now.” Donaldson said to reporters earlier this week. The hero in Toronto known as “The Bringer of Rain” hit .284 last year with 37 home runs and 99 RBIs.

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Grant Dayton throws to the plate against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

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A lesser known former Auburn Tiger in the big leagues is Grant Dayton, a left handed reliever for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dayton, a native of Huntsville, Alabama, left Auburn after his redshirt sophomore year in 2009 to enter the 2010 MLB draft. Dayton was drafted in the 11th round by the Florida Marlins, then traded to the Dodgers organization in July of 2015. Dayton was called up to the majors on July 22 of last year to make his major league debut. Dayton appeared in 25 games for the Dodgers last season, posting a 0-1 record and a 2.05 ERA and will begin his 2017 campaign on the Dodgers’ Major League roster. 

 

The 2017 Major League Baseball season begins Sunday as the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals at 6:00 CT on ESPN 106.7. Then on Monday, Major League Baseball’s official “Opening Day”, the Cleveland Indians take on the Texas Rangers at 5:30 CT on ESPN 106.7. Both of those games may also be streamed online at espnau.com or on the ESPN 106.7 app.

Auburn Baseball Takes Down Alabama in the Capital City Classic

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Auburn didn’t hit the ball particularly hard at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium last night Josh Anthony hit two groundball singles, one of which didn’t leave the infield. Will Holland reached on a bunt. Daniel Robert looped a ball into left-center field. In fact, the Tiger offense actually finished last night’s game with more walks drawn (five) than hits (four). But in a 4-3 win over rival Alabama in the ninth-annual Capital City Classic — its eighth in the series — No. 17 Auburn played small ball to near perfection in front of a Riverwalk Stadium-record crowd of more than 7,600.

 

The Tigers’ got their first hit after Crimson Tide starter Garret Rukes had opened the game with two perfect innings. Blake Logan followed with a walk, and Alabama third baseman Connor Short, formerly of Auburn, committed a throwing error on Holland’s bunt single that allowed Anthony to score the game’s 1st run from second base. Three batters later, Robert drove both Logan and Holland home with his bloop single to put the Tigers ahead 3-0. But Alabama clawed its way back, scoring one run in the third, fourth & fifth innings to tie the game at three. Tigers starter Christian Camacho, allowed two runs on four hits & a walk while striking out three over 3.1 innings. In the very next inning, Robert walked, stole second when Alabama failed to cover the second-base, moved to third on a Connor Davis flyout and scored on Anthony’s go-ahead infield single to shortstop.

 

The win pushes Auburn’s record to 21-6 overall.

 

Originally posted on newstalkwani.com by Bob Wooddy

Auburn High Baseball Comes From Behind to Defeat Benjamin Russell 7-6

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ahs-logo-smallThe Auburn High baseball team was able to come from behind Tuesday night to knock off Benjamin Russell 7-6 after trailing 6-1 after just two innings. The Tigers scored two runs in the third, fourth, and sixth innings to win.

 

Benjamin Russell got off to an early 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI single and a passed ball in the first then added on four more in the second from a grand slam from Connor Brooks. Trey Woodham responded for Auburn in the third with an RBI double that scored two to cut the lead to 6-3. Later in the fourth, Rowdy Jordan plated another on an RBI single, followed by an RBI groundout by Garrett Morris to make the score 6-5. In the sixth, Brooks Fuller tied the game on an RBI single that scored Garrett Morris, then the Tigers took the lead on an error that scored Fuller making the score 7-6.

 

Trey Woodham ended the game one for four with two RBIs, while Garrett Morris went two for four with an RBI and two runs scored. Clayton Phillips got credit for the win for his two innings allowing no hits and two strikeouts. Drew Williams got credit for the save, as he shut the door on Benjamin Russell in the seventh to preserve the Auburn victory. The win pushes Auburn’s record to an impressive 10-5.

 

Auburn High is set to start an extended road trip for the next two weeks, including stops in Hoover, Oxford, and Phenix City. The next home game for the Tigers will be a double header against Central on Thursday, April 6th. That game will be broadcast on ESPN 106.7, espnau.com, and on the ESPN 106.7 app.