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.
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.