Auburn didn’t hit the ball particularly hard at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium last night Josh Anthony hit two groundball singles, one of which didn’t leave the infield. Will Holland reached on a bunt. Daniel Robert looped a ball into left-center field. In fact, the Tiger offense actually finished last night’s game with more walks drawn (five) than hits (four). But in a 4-3 win over rival Alabama in the ninth-annual Capital City Classic — its eighth in the series — No. 17 Auburn played small ball to near perfection in front of a Riverwalk Stadium-record crowd of more than 7,600.
The Tigers’ got their first hit after Crimson Tide starter Garret Rukes had opened the game with two perfect innings. Blake Logan followed with a walk, and Alabama third baseman Connor Short, formerly of Auburn, committed a throwing error on Holland’s bunt single that allowed Anthony to score the game’s 1st run from second base. Three batters later, Robert drove both Logan and Holland home with his bloop single to put the Tigers (21-6) ahead 3-0. But Alabama clawed its way back, scoring one run in the third, fourth & fifth innings to tie the game at three. Tigers starter Christian Camacho, allowed two runs on four hits & a walk while striking out three over 3 1/3 innings. In the very next inning, Robert walked, stole second when Alabama failed to cover the second-base, moved to third on a Connor Davis flyout and scored on Anthony’s go-ahead infield single to shortstop.
On Sunday, Davis Daniel turned in arguably the best start of his young career, pitching six shutout innings in his first road start at Georgia.
yesterday, he was rewarded for his efforts with SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
Daniel allowed four hits and a walk while striking out six Bulldogs, helping No.17 Auburn to a 4-1, series-clinching victory in Athens.
On the season, the true-freshman right-hander out of Montgomery is 2-0 with a 4.44 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings.
He’s the second Tigers freshman to earn the honor in as many weeks: Second baseman Will Holland was named the SEC Freshman of the Week last week for his performance in the sweep of Florida.
…over his bill to allow Opelika to expand its internet service. The Auburn Republican has filed three bills in the Alabama Legislature that would allow Opelika Power Services (OPS), which is owned by the city, to operate its telecommunications service outside of Opelika’s city limits. Whatley said he’s essentially focused on the one bill that limits OPS to Lee County. The other two bills would have allowed OPS to operate in the other counties that border Lee County. Whatley said AT&T has hired 26 lobbyists to work against the bill. State Rep. Joe Lovvorn, of Auburn, has filed a similar bill in the Alabama House of Representatives. Lovvorn said he doesn’t believe citizens in Lee County are being served. the proposal has drawn attention from a national group, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. That group, which says it’s a non-profit, non-partisan group, has spoken out against municipal broadband across the country. The president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, said municipal broadband hasn’t been able to compete with private industry & taxpayers end up with the bill for it. In Opelika’s case, Williams said, while it’s true that the city hasn’t used any taxpayer money, OPS customers are the citizens of Opelika. Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller said he expects OPS to break even on the project with-in the next year.
-Auburn University will select its 19th president at a called board of trustees meeting this Monday. President Jay Gogue announced in September his plan to retire as soon as Auburn selected a new president. A 14-member committee is leading the search for the university’s next president. The committee will narrow down a list of candidates until they have a final of three or four that will be interviewed by the board of trustees.
-Deangelo Edwards, of Opelika, was arrested Wednesday & charged with murder. The arrest was in connection with the shooting death of 23-year-old Jaquavious Strickland on Sept. 27th in the 600 block of Edmon Ave. Strickland was found dead in his home from multiple gunshot wounds. Amazingly Strickland had been shot before at the same Edmon Avenue address Sept. 15th, last year. In that shooting, Strickland received a gunshot wound to the head and was flown to Columbus to receive treatment where He recovered.