The Auburn baseball team's season came to an end on Saturday as the Tigers lost to Southern Miss 7-2.
The Auburn baseball team fell to Penn in its first game of the Auburn Regional on Friday, 6-3 in 11 innings.
On Sunday, it was announced that Auburn baseball had earned its second straight and sixth overall NCAA Tournament regional host bid.
The fifth-seeded Auburn Tigers snapped a nine-game winning streak in a game that began Wednesday night and ended in the early hours of Thursday morning at the Hoover Met.
Arguably the hottest team in college baseball continued its winning ways, securing its ninth win in a row and fourth straight against No. 12 seed Missouri.
College baseball's regular season has come to an end, and the SEC Baseball Tournament's host state boasts two of the hotter teams entering postseason play at the Hoover Met.
In back-to-back weekends, Auburn baseball pulled off a significant upset in SEC play.
In a season filled with highs and lows, Auburn(25-18-1, 9-12 SEC) baseball has taken its second straight SEC weekend series, pulling off the upset over No. 2 South Carolina(35-8, 14-6 SEC) in Columbia. The Tigers won the first two games, 8-3 and 9-5, before blowing a 5-2 lead in the series finale and falling 7-8.
“We just couldn’t do enough,” head coach Butch Thompson said. “That’s a good ball club. That’s a team with a RPI higher than ours and doing good in their league. We couldn’t muster enough on the mound to be competitive at home.”
Another weekend series filled with drama for Auburn, the Tigers finally got another SEC weekend series win, taking down Mississippi State with wins on Friday (2-1) and on Sunday (12-11). Auburn dropped Saturday's game when a ferocious comeback fell one run short, 11-10.
Despite some early scoring from Samford to make the contest look competitive, it was complete domination from the Tigers in their Tuesday night clash with the Bulldogs. Auburn is back on track with a win, and in convincing fashion, run-ruling Samford 13-3 in eight innings.
The struggles in conference play have continued for Auburn. After taking game one in Tuscaloosa 8-4, the Tigers(20-15-1, 5-10 SEC) were outscored 10-3 in the final two contests, dropping both to the Crimson Tide (26-11, 6-9 SEC) and the series overall.
After a prolific career with Auburn, and a historic career in the MLB that ended with an induction at Cooperstown, Frank Thomas has a statue outside of Plainsman Park.
Bryson Ware has been one of Auburn's top weapons at the plate this season, and now he is receiving some recognition for it. USA Baseball announced on Wednesday that Ware has been named to theGolden Spikes Award Midseason Watchlist. The watchlist includes 45 of the nation's best college and high school baseball players, and Ware is the sixth Tiger to be named to the list since 2016.
In another game in which Auburn (18-10-1, 3-5 SEC) trailed early in the contest, the comeback fell short as the Tigers could not overcome an early 4-0 deficit to UAB (10-18, 3-5 C-USA) falling 6-5 to the Blazers in Birmingham.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After notching a league-best 11 hits in the four-game stretch last week, Ike Irish is now 2-for-2 on SEC Freshman of the Week awards. The freshman and designated hitter has been dominant behind the plate, providing multiple hits in each of the four games against North Alabama and USC, leading the Tigers to a 3-0-1 record during the week.
After the first weekend series of his Auburn career, Ike Irish has already earned the first accolade of what could be a promising career.
Auburn (43-22) finished with 18 more wins than a year ago and made it to Omaha after being picked last in the Southeastern Conference West.