Casey Mize isn’t yet a part of No. 7 Auburn’s starting rotation this weekend, but Coach Butch Thompson said Mize, who is 6 & 1 and leads the SEC in both ERA (1.23) & strikeouts is available to pitch in Starkville and could start Sunday. Keegan Thompson will start Friday, Davis Daniel will pitch Saturday with Sunday still to be announced. Mize pitched off a mound for the first time since an April 13th and “felt great” after throwing 60 pitches. there’s also a chance Mize could pitch either in a relief role or as part of a doubleheader Saturday if rain becomes likely for Sunday’s game. Auburn & No. 10 Miss. State, the 2 top teams in the SEC West, open their series tonight @ 6:30 p.m. in Starkville.
the three Auburn softball players who were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, are practicing with the team and will be in uniform for this weekend’s series against Mississippi State, But they remain suspended indefinitely. coach Clint Myers said yesterday. That They have to earn their way back onto the team, & that When that happens is solely up to them. The 3 did not travel with the team to South Carolina over the weekend or to Montgomery for Wednesday’s win over Alabama State. Myers said “it’s always possible” that any of the three could play against the Bulldogs this weekend, but as of Thursday, “they’re just not eligible.” When the Tigers convened for practice Thursday, Fagan, Martin & Maresette spent the early portion running laps around the outfield while the rest of the team went through its regular stretch routine. Myers said he & the other coaches met & feel. There are consequences that have to be taken care of. And once those are and they’ve earned the trust of their coaches and their teammates then they can come back.
— The Alabama Legislature will honor Tim Hudson, current resident of Auburn & former Auburn University & Major League Baseball star, for his athletic achievements and significant philanthropic contributions to the state today during a joint session in the House Chamber. At the time of his retirement, he was the major leagues’ winningest active pitcher. Hudson & his wife Kim have participated in numerous charitable organizations & will speak at this years Storybook Farms 9th annual Kentucky Derby Dinner & Auction Saturday May 6th. In 2009, they founded the Hudson Family Foundation, which serves individuals in need in Alabama and Georgia. During the joint session, Hudson and his family will be presented with a legislative resolution & are also scheduled to meet with Gov. Kay Ivey.
Auburn hadn’t scored double-digit runs since April 1st at Georgia. It hadn’t run-ruled a team since March 18th against Ohio State, when Kaylee Carlson pitched the second perfect game in program history. yesterday in Montgomery, the Tigers ended both of those streaks. No. 9 Auburn trounced Alabama State, 14-1, in its final nonconference game of the season. Makayla Martin, shortstop Haley Fagan and freshman reserve Brittany Maresette, the three players suspended for marijuana possession charges, did not make the trip with the team. Auburn returns home tomorrow for a three-game SEC series against Mississippi State.