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Auburn advancing to the Super Regionals…

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for just the second time in program history and first time since 1999!

Senior first baseman Josh Anthony finished the weekend 9-for-13 and was named the Raleigh Regional Most Outstanding Player. Anthony was joined on the all-tournament team by Casey MizeEdouard JulienBrendan VenterSteven Williams and Jay Estes.

Auburn put the leadoff man on base in the first 5 innings and scored each time. Auburn got the leadoff batter on in eight of nine innings. Freshman reliever Cody Greenhill (5-2, 2.11) earned the win after backing up Andrew Mitchell’s start with 4.& 1/3 innings of relief, while Davis Daniel recorded the final four outs of the game.

Mitchell allowed just one baserunner in his first 3.0 innings but issued a leadoff walk that later came around to score on a ground-rule double in the 4th. He was relieved by Greenhill after allowing a 1-out single, & both inherited runners came in to score on an RBI triple to cut the lead to 7-3. The Wolfpack threatened to cut into the 5 run lead as the home team loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. But, Greenhill went right after First Team All-ACC performer Brett Kinneman and froze the #2 hitter with a fastball to end the inning. Josh Anthony’s five RBIs tied the Auburn record for most in an NCAA Tournament game. Edouard Julien’s 17th homer of the season pushed his RBI total to 68, which ties Auburn great and National Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas for the most by a freshman in program history. Auburn now moves on to The Super Regionals which start this Friday.  

Lee Co. Experiences Flooding

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Rainfall in the southeastern portion of Lee County caused flooding, road closures and collapsed bridges in the early morning hours Wednesday. Over the last 24 hours, between 4 and 6 inches have fallen in areas of Lee co. In the last three days, that number is near 8 inches.  Workers cleared debris from roadways throughout Smiths Station yesterday after severe floods damaged bridges, shutting down traffic and closing multiple roads. Some residents said the water was ‘Up to their cars door handles’. A section of Lee Road 246 was also among the closed areas. 

Auburn High School Baseball in State Championship Tonight

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For the third straight year, the Auburn High Tigers are heading to the Class 7A state championship. Auburn plays the first game of the AHSAA Class 7A State Championship at 6 p.m. tonight at Paterson Field in Montgomery with Scott Bagwell & Riley Hubbard bringing you the play-by-play. Pre-game starts at 5:30 on sister station ESPN 106.7.

Opelika Main St. Director Resigns

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Tiffany Denson has resigned her position as Opelika Main St. Director. She has been Director since February of this year.

Denson said the decision was made based on “quality of life”. Dana Gafford will serve as interim dir. Denson will remain on the job until the first week in June.

Auburn Baseball Heads Into Last Weekend of Regular Season

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In a game that lasted more than 4 and a half hours, No. 22 Auburn ran out of steam in the end as the Tigers dropped its midweek finale at Troy, 9-5, last night in Troy. Auburn trailed 5-4 coming out of a 33-minute rain delay and tied the game in the top of the seventh inning as Edouard Julien drew a bases-loaded walk. The two teams then went into a lightning delay that lasted 57 minutes, and the Tigers left the bases loaded coming out of the stop in play. From there, Troy (36-17) scored four runs on a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh and a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win. After starting pitcher Jack Owen stranded four runners in the first two innings, Troy got to the freshman and tied the game on a two-out RBI single in the top of the third. Auburn answered in its next at-bat as the first four batters reached and the Tigers reclaimed the lead on a bases-loaded walk from Jay Estes. With the bases loaded and one out, freshman left fielder Judd Ward beat out a potential double play ball and a pair of runs came in to score as Brendan Venter scored to make it 4-1 Auburn. But, with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the sixth inning, Troy started a rally and eventually took a 5-4 lead on a bases-clearing double.

Auburn left the bases loaded and went down in order for the final seven outs while Troy received a pair of big hits that proved to be the difference.

Auburn returns home to finish out the regular season scheduled with a three-game series against LSU (32-21, 14-13 SEC). First pitch in the series opener is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. CT.

International Quality of Life Awards

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Auburn University will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Quality of Life Awards on Dec. 3 at the United Nations in New York by honoring legendary musical artist Lionel Richie and pioneering broadcast journalist and women’s advocate Judy Woodruff. Auburn’s College of Human Sciences launched the International Quality of Life Awards in 1994 to recognize people and partnerships representing all sectors of society that have made significant and lasting contributions to individual, family and community well-being locally and around the world. Richie also is known for his work to support causes related to breast cancer research, HIV/AIDS, human rights, famine and poverty, and is a generous supporter of the United Negro College Fund. Judy Woodruff, the 2018 IQLA Laureate, is the anchor and managing editor of the “PBS NewsHour.” An award-winning journalist and trailblazer for women in broadcast news, Woodruff began her career in 1970 as a reporter for CBS-affiliate WAGA-TV in Atlanta.

AUBURN-TB TESTING

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Alabama health officials say they’ve identified an Auburn University student with a case of pulmonary tuberculosis.

The state Department of Public Health says they notified the school this week of plans to investigate and ensure that students and employees will be screened quickly to see if they were infected.

On Wednesday, the state and university began identifying students enrolled in classes, as well as faculty and staff, who might have been in close contact with the student. Symptoms can include chest pain, chronic coughing, coughing with blood, chills, fever and loss of appetite. Testing will begin Thursday 5/17.

Macon Co. Schools Reopen

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The Macon County School System says it will have regularly scheduled classes today, a day after a ‘credible threat’ forced every public school and a private school to close.  Sheriff Andre Brunson received a call yesterday morning from Watch Center, an agency that monitors social media for threatening posts. That agency found a post that was deemed “credible and severe”. Brunson and Macon County Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks said the decision to close schools was a no-brainer and added that school would not resume until they were sure the threat is no longer imminent and the person responsible is in custody. Despite reopening this morning, it’s unclear if an arrest has been made.

Auburn University Accused of Racial Discrimination

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— A second Auburn University employee has sued the school for racial discrimination in a month.

The employee is Cameron Boozer, who has been a supervisor in the Campus Safety and Security Department since 2008. He filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that his boss and acting director, Chance Corbett, who is white, passed Boozer up for a promotion in favor of a white candidate with less experience. Boozer says he never had any disciplinary actions against him and his performance evaluations were outstanding.

Boozer is represented by attorney Julian McPhillips, who is also representing a female employee in the Campus Safety and Security Department who sued for racial discrimination in early April. Auburn University has declined to comment on the pending litigation.

Second New Auburn High School Planned

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The Auburn City School Board of Education viewed an updated draft of the  2028 master plan during a work session Tuesday morning, including details on a second Auburn high school. The 2028 master plan addressed the needs of schools already in the system, as well as a future second high school and an additional elementary school. Auburn high school number two is anticipated to open in 2024, The high school could have a 2,200 student capacity. It will sit on a 272-acre property along Richland Road purchased in July 2016. The 2028 master plan is expected to be presented to the board at its next meeting, May 8th.