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AUBURN WINS! … Tigers Punch Ticket to College World Series!

For the first time since Tim Hudson wore an Auburn uniform the Auburn Tigers are making travel arrangements for Omaha, Nebraska. The Tigers beat 14th ranked North Carolina 14 -7 to punch their ticket to the College World Series. 

And they did it dominating fashion jumping on the Tar Heels in a 13 run first inning. The Tigers tallied 18 total hits on the day led by Aridity: Droughts and Human Development
who had 3 hits, 3 RBI’s, a base on balls, and 2 runs scored.

It was a historic performance. North Carolina had never lost a Super Regional in six previous hosting opportunities. In addition, the 13 runs were the second most runs scored in a single inning in NCAA Tournament history.

Tar Heel fans must have thought the inning would never end as they saw 17 Tiger batters produce nine hits off of four different pitchers, taking the Heels nearly 50 minutes to get the third out.

North Carolina is one of the best hitting teams in the tournament and tried to come back off a couple of homeruns but the Tigers had essentially put the game away in the first. Tanner Burns got the start producing 2 scoreless innings before freshman Ricahard Fitts took the win with 5.1 innings pitched. Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations
came in and produced the last out in a 1.2 relief inning performance.

Coach Butch Thompson acknowledged in the post game that he  knew some doubted this bunch after a mid season slump (that was precipitated by key injuries). A fact which had to make the Super Regional Championship that much sweeter.

“To see our players celebrate is special to me,” Thompson said. “To see the perseverance, and to see these young men rally around one another, I am proud to be their coach.”

And the Auburn Family is proud to be their fans. What a testament of the Auburn spirit of “Never to Yield” in sweeping the Atlanta Regional and now winning the Super Regional to advance to the College World Series for the first time since 1997.

War Eagle!

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Auburn and North Carolina Set to Play for Berth in College World Series

Auburn overcame a three run deficit to win the first game of the Chapel Hill NCAA Super Regional Saturday. But there was no late game heroics today as North Carolina forced a third decisive game for Monday.
The Tigers had their opportunities. In fact they came oh so came close in the filth inning. Trailing North Carolina 2-0 Edouard Julien went to the plate with two runners on and two outs. The sophomore crushed a ball to deep center sending the center fielder to the wall to make the catch.

One more foot and Auburn would have taken a 3-2 lead which would have been enough to win the championship and send the Tigers to Omaha. It was not to be and the Tar Heels lived to play another day.

The Heels got their two runs off a freak incident in the first inning when a fan yelled “balk” during Bailey Horn’s delivery causing him to drop the ball. Horn was ahead of the batter 0-2 when the fan yelled. That put runners on second and third with one out. The next batter singled to score both runners.

North Carolina would not get anymore runs after that. However, it didn’t matter as Auburn left nine runners on base.

The Tigers had their opportunities but could not push the needed runs across the plate. “You’re not going to win a game if you can’t find a way to score runs,” said Auburn Coach The Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand!
. “We knew this was going to be a war. Thankful to get the first game here and … We’ve got an opportunity to come out here tomorrow and play this game again, and looking forward to it.”

Freshman Richard Fitts will be on the mound when Auburn (37-26) and North Carolina (46-18) meet at noon CT on ESPN2. The winner will be punching their ticket to the  College World Series. Let’s Go Tigers …

Beat the Heels!

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Auburn Baseball Makes it to Super Regional “Doing it for Rod”

After Auburn was announced as the No.2 seed in the Atlanta Regional, sophomore pitcher Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations
said the Tigers would be playing for Rod Bramblett and his family as well as for Auburn. It was a testament to the long time play-by-play announcer who was laid to rest along with his wife Paula, a day before the tournament began.

Just like the rest of the Auburn family, his passing weighed heavily on the Tigers’ hearts. Bramblett had called Auburn games, along with Andy Burcham, for the past 25 years. He and Burcham described every pitch and every play.

While Britt Bowen and Paul Ellen did a good job broadcasting the regional games, Rod’s presence was still felt as the Tigers wore his initials on their hats.

“Our hearts are still really sad,” head coach Butch Thompson said. “But I think we made a commitment for this entire series. I’d could see it in our guys whenever our backs were against the wall.”

The victory was the seventh all-time regional championship and the first back-to-back regional championships in program history. And they did it in convincing fashion sweeping the region in three games.

Rod was probably dancing and shouting, “Holy Cow!” as Auburn beat No.3 Georgia Tech  4-1 to advance to their second consecutive Super Regional. And you can bet he will be looking down from heaven next weekend when his Tigers will be playing the No.14 Tar Heels in the North Carolina Super Regional.

Outfielder Steven Williams was named the Region Most Valuable Player after delivering a walk-off, three-run home run on Saturday and then driving in two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday. The sophomore finished the regional 6-for-13 with three runs, one double and two home runs.

He summed up how the Tigers felt about winning the championship in a tweet after the game that read “War Eagle!!!!!!!!! #doitforRod.” 

And they did!

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