In Auburn baseball’s SEC opener yesterday, Blake Logan came to the plate with the game tied at 3 in the bottom of the sixth, the senior catcher lined a pitch over the wall in left field for a solo home run. It was the go-ahead run in No. 8-seed Auburn’s 5-4 victory over No. 9-seed Ole Miss in the fourth straight meeting between the teams. The win guarantees Auburn (35-22) at least two more games in their first SEC Tournament appearance since 2015. The first will come against top-seed Florida — who the Tigers swept in March — in tonight’s game. Auburn will play that game without the both its top pitchers, as both Keegan Thompson and Casey Mize pitched in last night’s win. Thompson started and allowed two runs on four hits over three innings. Mize pitched the final six innings to earn the win in his first relief appearance of the season. Mize won’t pitch again in the SEC Tournament. Keegan Thompson won’t pitch today or tomorrow, but could potentially, if Auburn advances to the weekend. Butch Thompson said true freshman Davis Daniel will start Thursday. Tonight’s starter is still to be decided.
Travelers on Interstate 85 between Auburn and Opelika should anticipate lane closures, weather permitting, as work continues on the Moore’s Mill Bridge replacement project. Northbound & southbound lanes will close from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. from mile marker 55 to marker 57, crews are preparing to set girders for the new bridge in a few weeks. Construction is expected to finish in September. Again, closing is dependent on weather conditions.
The Oklahoma softball team advanced through the Norman Regional the hard way. They were losing to unranked North Dakota State in the regional opener. But, the Sooners scored four runs in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday to force a winner-take-all game against Tulsa, Playing its fifth game in the last three days, the Sooners belted a pair of home runs and got a gutsy pitching performance from their ace to top Tulsa 3-0 Monday to advance to the Super Regional round. Oklahoma (54-9) will face Auburn in a WCWS rematch at Jane B. Moore Field beginning at 3 Friday on ESPN2.
No. 8-seed Auburn announced Monday that Keegan Thompson will start the first game at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium scheduled for today, although rains are expected to push the start of the tournament back at least one day and probably 2. Thompson would face the same No. 9-seed Ole Miss team he pitched against Thursday. First pitch is supposed to be 4:30 p.m. on the SEC Network. Keegan Thompson has been the ace of the Tigers’ staff all season, going 6-4 with a 2.30 ERA. If Auburn beats Ole Miss in their 1st game they would advance into the double-elimination portion of the tournament starting with a game against Florida Wednesday. It is possible Casey Mize will be an option to start that game. The sophomore right-hander hasn’t pitched since a season-worst outing at LSU May 13th.
Which team the Tigers will host in the Super Regional is still to be determined. No. 10 seed Oklahoma hit a pair of two-run home runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat Tulsa on Sunday, setting up a decisive final game that will be held this afternoon in Norman. If the Golden Hurricane win, it would be them making the trip to Auburn. If the Sooners win, it would set up a Women’s College World Series rematch at Jane B. Moore Field.