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Auburn baseball loses second SEC series of the season

Everything went right for the Tigers during game one in Gainesville. Auburn's pitching staff held the Gators to just three hits on the way to a 10-1 victory over No. 2 Florida. Then Auburn was outscored 29-13. over games two and three.

Sunisa Lee during the gymnastics meet between the Auburn Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Friday, Jan 20, 2023. Alabama News
Suni Lee refocuses on 2024 Olympics after Auburn gymnastics career was cut short

Suni Lee revealed on Monday in a Twitter post that an issue with her kidneys was the "non-gymnastics related health issue" that kept her out for the final four meets of Auburn's season.

Wendell Green Jr. (1) during the game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Mar 4, 2023. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers Alabama News
Auburn's Wendell Green Jr. declares for 2023 NBA Draft

The former All-SEC point guard spent two seasons on the Plains after one season at Eastern Kentucky.

Derrian Gobourne during the gymnastics meet between the Auburn Tigers and NC State Wolfpack at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Friday, Jan 27, 2023. Taylor Sondgeroth/Auburn Tigers Alabama News
Auburn gymnastics' Derrian Gobourne is going back to the NCAA Championship

The first national champion in Auburn gymnastics history is not done yet. Derrian Gobourne is getting one more chance on floor as the fifth-year senior advanced to NCAA national championship as an individual qualifier.

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Auburn's season ends after three falls on bars

The Tigers were the No. 12 team in the nation heading into the quad meet and kept pace with Utah after two events, but three falls on bars led to Auburn finishing fourth in the meet, scoring 195.9 and unseeded Washington advancing to Saturday’s Regional Final. 

Jeff Graba and Team during Auburn Gymnastics meet vs. Arkansas Alabama News
Auburn gymnastics prepares for showdown out West; Suni Lee still day-to-day

The Auburn Tigers have been here before, even if the circumstances are a little different.

Yohan Traore (21) during the game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the #16 Auburn Tigers at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC on Saturday, Jan 21, 2023. Steven Leonard/Auburn Tigers Alabama News
Auburn basketball's Yohan Traore enters transfer portal; Chance Westry reportedly transferring

Just over one week after Auburn’s season came to an end, two of the three signees from the 2022 Auburn basketball class will be entering the transfer portal.

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Weekend Recap: Auburn baseball needs two comeback victories to secure series win over Georgia

In the first home SEC series of the season, it was a rollercoaster for the Tigers with two come-from-behind victories, taking the series win over Georgia. 

AUBURN, AL - February 27, 2023 - Auburn Associate Head Coach & Running Backs Coach Carnell "Cadillac" Williams during spring practice at the Woltosz Football Performance Center in Auburn, AL.  Photo by Austin Perryman Alabama News
Auburn football lands fourth commitment of 2024 class

Cadillac has done it again. Auburn has landed another highly-ranked running back prospect for the fifth class in a row. The latest class had Jeremiah Cobb, and the Tigers' 2024 class now has J'Marion"Phat" Burnette. The running back from Andalusia chose Auburn over Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Penn State among others.

AUBURN, AL - February 27, 2023 - Auburn Wide Receivers Coach Marcus Davis during spring practice at the Woltosz Football Performance Center in Auburn, AL.  Photo by Austin Perryman Alabama News
Marcus Davis looks to leave his mark on AU receiving corps

When Marcuw Davis made his return to the Plains in late December, he understood the significance of the moment. Davis had been a freshman on the 2013 SEC Championship squad and was part of the resurgence led by Gus Malzahn. 

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Auburn's Pro Day gets a boost from Heisman winner and NFL MVP Cam Newton

It was already going to be a big day on the Plains. It was time for the university’s Pro Day where 14 former players from the 2022-2023 Auburn football squad would have a chance to showcase their talents in front of scouts from all 32 teams. 

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Auburn gymnastics' Derrian Gobourne named SEC Specialist of the Year

Derrian Gobourne is the SEC Specialist of the Year for the third straight season.

Derrian Gobourne scores a 9.9 on bars at the SEC Championship (Elaina Eichorn/Auburn Athletics) Alabama News
Auburn gymnastics heads to LA for NCAA Regionals as No. 3 seed

No. 12 Auburn’s journey back to the Final Four will run through Los Angeles. The Tigers will be the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Gymnastics Los Angeles Regional, which will be hosted by UCLA and held from March 29 to April 1. 

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Auburn baseball swept in first SEC series

It was a rough start to the SEC slate for Auburn baseball, as the No. 18 Tigers suffered their first sweep of the season against No. 3 Arkansas in Fayetteville. Auburn was outscored  21-5, including one shutout. 

Cassie Stevens wins a share of the vault title at the SEC Championship (Elaina Eichorn/Auburn Athletics) Alabama News
Stevens shines again as Auburn gymnastics wins Session I, finishes 5th at SEC Championship

Fresh off of being named the SEC Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year, senior Cassie Stevens did not skip a beat during Session I of Saturday’s SEC Championship meet. Stevens took home the all-around title for Session I  with 9.9 or above in all four events, earning her seventh all-around score of 39.500 or above with a 39.650. 

Bruce Pearl during the game between the Houstan Cougars and the Auburn Tigers at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL on Saturday, Mar 18, 2023. Alabama News
Auburn offense stalls in second half, Tigers fall to Houston 81-64

Auburn went ice cold from everywhere in the second half and is once again out of the NCAA Tournament in the second round, falling to the Cougars 81-64.

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Auburn enters SEC Championship without Suni Lee; Senior class leads the way

Auburn has already made the trip to Duluth for the SEC Championships, and as the Tigers prepare for their afternoon class with three of the top eight SEC teams, they will be without Suni Lee. 

Tre Donaldson (3) during the game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Auburn Tigers at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers Alabama News
Auburn looks for first win against Houston in over 60 years

For the 11th time in 12 trips to the NCAA Tournament, Auburn basketball will be in the second round. The Tigers have not lost a first-round matchup since their first-ever appearance in the tournament, a one-point loss to Richmond in 1984. Auburn is moving on, and to right the wrongs of last season and make it to the second weekend, the team will have to make it through one of the best teams in the country, No. 1 Houston(32-3, 17-1 AAC). 

Tre Donaldson (3), Johni Broome (4), and Wendell Green Jr. (1) during the game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Auburn Tigers at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023. Steven Leonard/Auburn Tigers Alabama News
Broome dominates against Iowa as Auburn advances

“We've played a really tough schedule, and we lost to a lot of teams that were favored and were better than us,” said Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl. “ Even though we've lost some games, I was proud of them for competing. I want them to know that they're good enough.”

Wendell Green Jr. (1) during the game between the #3 Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers at Neville Arena in Auburn, AL on Saturday, Feb 11, 2023. Alabama News
Auburn faces familiar challenges in matchup with Iowa

Auburn will be facing another team that has a size advantage.

Head Coach Bruce Pearl during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the  Auburn Tigers at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville , TN on Thursday, Mar 9, 2023. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers Alabama News
Auburn selected as No. 9 seed in NCAA Tournament, will play No. 8 Iowa in Birmingham

Just like the days of the Iron Bowl at Legion Field, the center of college athletics in Alabama will once again be in Birmingham this week as the city will host Auburn and Alabama for the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers are a No. 9 seed, and will face Iowa. Birmingham will host portions of the first and second rounds of the South and Midwest Regions.

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Weekend Recap: Auburn baseball drops series vs. Southeastern Louisiana

The weekend started on the right track, with a 7-1 win over Southeastern Lousiana (11-5) on Friday, but the Lions battled back and took home both games of Saturday's doubleheader, securing a series win.

Mar 4, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; between Auburn and Florida at Neville Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Shannon/AU Athletics Alabama News
Auburn gymnastics soars on senior night, scores 197.600

It was already going to be a big night for the No. 9 Auburn Tigers.

K.D. Johnson (0) during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the  Auburn Tigers at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville , TN on Thursday, Mar 9, 2023. Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers Alabama News
Auburn goes one-and-done in SEC Tournament, awaits Selection Sunday

It was a different story from last year, but the same result for Auburn (20-12, 10-8 SEC), who has gone one-and-done in the SEC Tournament for the second year in a row, dropping a second-round matchup with Arkansas 76-73. The Razorbacks (20-12, 8-10 SEC) will move on and look to strengthen their NCAA Tournament resume, while the Tigers will look to regroup and prepare for the madness of March.

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Bryson Ware's hot streak continues in Auburn win over UAB

With SEC play just under two weeks away, Auburn has seven games in seven days and the non-conference test began with a Tuesday night matchup against UAB. The in-state rivals, and coached by former Auburn great Casey Dunn, have struggled as of late and put up a fight, but the Tigers were able to shut down the UAB offense and get some hits of their own, winning 4-1. 

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No. 13 Auburn rides late-game heroics to sweep Lipscomb

It was not always an easy weekend, but the Tigers secured the sweep of Lipscomb with an eighth inning three-run homer from Bryson Ware sealing the final Sunday victory. Auburn moves to 9-1-1 as the non-conference slate rolls along this week.

Cassie Stevens before her beam routine in meet between Auburn gymnastics and NC State. | credit Elaina Eichorn / Auburn Athletics Alabama News
No. 9 Auburn gymnastics rests Suni Lee and falls in Lexington to No. 12 Kentucky

What was already going to be a difficult meet became even stranger as severe weather forced what would have been another Top-15 Friday night heights matchup for the Auburn Tigers to be postponed to Saturday at 11 a.m. CST. Auburn head coach Jeff Graba had already planned on resting Sunisa Lee on some floor, but with the added delay, senior day coming up and the postseason right around the corner, Graba decided to rest Lee for the entire meet.

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