Auburn University will celebrate the career of President Jay Gogue tomorrow in the Auburn Arena. The event will recognize Gogue and his wife, Susie, for their 10 years of service to the university beginning at 2 p.m. During Gogue’s tenure, he worked to increase shared governance and worked closely with the University Senate to do so. Several initiatives have also blossomed out of Gogue’s two 5-year strategic plans, including the expansion of interdisciplinary research, increasing Auburn’s global presence and the creation of new and updated infrastructure. What may have been Gogue’s largest challenge over the years was the loss of state funding. Dr. Gogue has served under 5 different Presidents.
-Auburn baseball could be w/o Luke Jarvis as they begin the last regular season series of the year. After missing nine of the last 10 games, Jarvis’ timetable for return is still not clear: Auburn coach Butch Thompson said the shortstop is “a game-time decision” for the Tigers’ series against Ole Miss. Getting Jarvis back could provide a needed boost to a slumping offense that has hit just .264 over a 7-game losing streak. The Saddleback Community College transfer ranked third on the team with a .289 batting average, second in home runs with five & 5th w/ 25 RBIs before his injury. The series begins tonight at Plainsman Park.
Auburn softball begins Regional play tomorrow, Kaylee Carlson Auburn’s star in the circle, is expected to get the start. The junior right-hander enters this weekend’s NCAA Regional ranked first in the SEC with 26 wins & fourth with a 1.14 ERA. She was named the team MVP and became the first Tigers pitcher to earn first-team All-SEC honors since 2004. the No. 7-seed Tigers will face East Tennessee State at 3:30 Notre Dame & California will play in the first game at 1.
AUBURN-WHITE NATIONALIST— Auburn University officials say Auburn will pay $29,000 in legal fees for Cameron Padgett. The Georgia man who filed suit to reverse the school’s decision barring Richard Spencer from speaking at Auburn last month. A federal judge in Montgomery dismissed the lawsuit in an order Friday after attorneys for Padgett & Auburn filed a joint agreement. Auburn rented a room to Padgett for a speech by Spencer on April 18th & then reversed its decision, prompting the lawsuit. A judge ruled that Auburn had to let Spencer speak.
The Auburn softball team can earn a third straight trip to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City without ever leaving home. The Tigers were among the eight national seeds in the NCAA Tournament announced by the Division I Softball Committee during Sunday’s selection show, meaning Auburn will host both a Regional and — should it advance — a Super Regional. Auburn was named the No. 7 seed in the tournament and will open postseason play against East Tenn State Friday at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Notre Dame and Cal will play the first game at 1 p.m. on ESPN2. With a win Auburn would face the winner of No. 10 Oklahoma’s region, which also includes Tulsa, North Dakota State and Arkansas. Auburn and Oklahoma met in the finals of the WCWS last season, with the Sooners taking two out of three to win the title. This year, only one of the two will be able to make it back to Oklahoma City. Florida earned the top overall seed, with Alabama coming in at No. 16. All 13 SEC teams made the 64-team field for the first time in history.
BATON ROUGE, La. —the Auburn Tigers scuffled for runs Saturday against LSU freshman pitcher Eric Walker, but hits proved to be elusive. But LSU’s hitters solved Auburn right-handed Casey Mize unlike any opponent has all season and chased him after four innings. That combination resulted in an LSU series sweep with a 9-1 win. Auburn’s losing streak is at seven games, the program’s longest since 2006. LSU’s No. 3 starter did not permit a hit until nine-hole hitter Sam Gillikin hit an opposite-field home run — his first of the season. That was one of only two hits for Auburn, which scored just four runs (two earned) in 27 innings against the dominant performance of LSU starters Alex Lange, Jared Poche and Walker. Auburn heads home to close out the regular season with a series against Ole Miss, which starts at 6 p.m. Thursday.