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.
The #14 Auburn baseball team dropped its series opening game at #10 LSU, 4-0, last night. Junior Dylan Ingram led Auburn offensively with three hits and senior pitcher Gabe Klobosits had his best outing of the season, tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the Tigers. The loss against LSU makes it 5 in a row. Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, although there are some weather concerns in the Baton Rouge area. Keegan Thompson (5-3, 2.08 ERA) will get the ball for Auburn, while LSU will counter with senior southpaw Jared Po-che (8-3, 3.33)
After more than a year and a half of construction the new Auburn High School on East Samford Avenue will be open to the public May 31st from 4 to 7 p.m. School officials are expecting 4-5 thousand visitors. teachers at Auburn’s secondary schools have begun packing their classrooms to prepare for the summer transition. After the open house, a moving company will begin the shift, moving the high school from June 1st through the 14th and Auburn Junior High School from June 15th through 30th. Moving seventh grade classrooms and readjusting of sixth-grade classrooms at Drake Middle School will finish by the end of July.
The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate Institutional Report is out, and four of Auburn’s athletic programs earned perfect scores for the four-year period that ended in 2015-16. APR is a measurement of retention of student-athletes from year to year and academic progress toward graduation. Auburn women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics and women’s tennis all earned multi-year scores of 1,000, Seven more teams earned perfect scores in 2015-16: Men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s equestrian, women’s soccer, women’s indoor and outdoor track, and women’s volleyball. Auburn’s football program scored a 980, which is tied for second in the SEC behind Vanderbilt (992). Auburn’s men’s basketball program ranks seventh in the SEC, higher than it has ever been since the NCAA first started issuing APR scores in 2004. Teams must score at least a 930 — which is equivalent to a 50 percent graduation rate — to remain eligible for postseason play and avoid sanctions. All 21 of Auburn’s sports cleared that mark, with 86 percent of teams scoring a 970 or better.
Kasey Cooper, Kaylee Carlson, Carlee Wallace and Alyssa Rivera are all being honored by the league’s head coaches. Cooper, last year’s SEC Player of the Year, was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the year. Carlson and Wallace garnered first team honors; and Rivera earned All-Freshman Team recognition. Cooper, Carlson and Wallace were also named to the SEC All-Defensive Team. The four players matches the program record set in 2005 and matched in 2015. Cooper, is a senior mechanical engineering major w/ a 3.98 GPA and is also a nominee for the Senior CLASS Award. She became the SEC’s all-time career RBI leader when she passed Charlotte Morgan with a two-run home run against Mississippi State on May 30th. Carlson is just the second pitcher in program history to be named all-conference, joining Kristen Keyes in 2004. The junior right-hander led the SEC with 25 wins and finished the season with a 1.17 ERA and four saves. Freshman Alyssa Rivera led Auburn with a .379 batting average, hitting three home runs and driving in 25 runs. Auburn, which moved up to No. 7 in the polls after winning a series over Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the first time in program history, is the No. 2 seed in this week’s SEC Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn. The Tigers will play Tomorrow at 4 & will take on the winner of today’s Kentucky-South Carolina game.
Auburn never lost more than two consecutive games over the first 46 it played to start the season. But After dropping its final midweek contest of the year to UAB, 8-2, yesterday the Tigers —— have now lost four in a row. Add in a home loss to Troy on April 25, and No. 14 Auburn has lost five straight against in-state opponents. The problems that plagued the Tigers against the Tide reared their ugly head again at Legion Field. Two days after leaving 22 men on base during Sunday’s 15-inning marathon at Plainsman Park, they stranded 13 in nine innings against the Blazers. Auburn finished the night with 4 for 17 with runners on base and 3 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Auburn’s pitchers struggled as much as the offense did. Starter Christian Camacho surrendered three runs on five hits while striking out a career-high six over 4 2/3 innings. UAB finished the game with 14 hits. Over the past two games, Auburn has surrendered 31 hits and 19 runs. The Tigers will look to end their season-worst skid Tomorrow when they open a three-game series at No. 11 LSU in Baton Rouge.
Auburn’s ace right-hander pitched 10 scoreless innings at Alabama, earning a win & a save. Carlson pitched a career-high 9 scoreless innings in the win Friday, allowing five hits & 3 walks while striking out 3 in a 3-0 win.
After six strong innings from Makayla Martin Saturday, Carlson came on in relief & shut the door, allowing only one hit in a scoreless seventh to earn her fourth save of the season. Carlson, a junior, is 25-3 with a 1.17 ERA. Auburn goes into this week’s SEC Tournament as the No. 2 seed. The Tigers will face the winner of South Carolina-Kentucky at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Auburn quarterback Woody Barrett announced yesterday that he intends to transfer from the Auburn football program. Barrett, a redshirt freshman, was one of four quarterbacks competing to start for Auburn this spring, but seemed to lag behind favorites Jarrett Stidham and Sean White, as well as true freshman Malik Willis. Barrett says he will transfer first to a Junior College then look for a school in the SEC.
The Tigers softball team took 2 out of 3 from Alabama. Haley Fagan tied a career-high with two home runs in the losing effort in the series finale yesterday, but Auburn clinched the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament anyway. The Tigers will face the winner of the Kentucky-South Carolina matchup Thursday at 4 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.
Auburn and Alabama rifled through 28 position players and 17 pitchers. After a regulation nine innings marred by controversial calls affecting both teams, the cross-state rivals traded runs in the 10th and 11th innings before scoring a pair each in the 13th. There was even a 14th-inning stretch. The game was filled with controversial calls that affected both teams. It seemed unthinkable going into the weekend: that Alabama, who had lost of 13 consecutive games, could win a series or even a game on the road. Auburn, who entered atop the SEC West standings and ranked No. 5 in the nation will remember this one for a long time. For the first time this season, the Tigers got swept and by one of the weakest Alabama teams ever. The new Baseball America Rankings released today dropped Auburn to 13th. The Tigers will play next at UAB tomorrow night at 6:30 before a weekend series against LSU in Baton Rouge.