After an 11 month hiatus, Auburn Baseball is finally underway. The 17th ranked Tigers are off to a hot start. They swept Presbyterian last weekend, outscoring them 22-5 throughout the three game series. The series against Alabama A&M went well for Auburn, as the Tigers run ruled the Bulldogs last night by a score of 18-2 and as this article is being written, Auburn is leading Alabama A&M by a score of 33-0 in the bottom of the 8th inning. The competition will get a little tougher this weekend as Auburn travels out west to participate in the Round Rock Classic. They are scheduled to play Oklahoma on Friday, Baylor on Saturday, and Texas A&M on Sunday.
Auburn has had no trouble producing offense so far this season. The Tigers have scored 73 runs in just five games. As a team, they have a batting average of .341, an on-base percentage of .444, and an on-base/slugging percentage of 1.038. The biggest producers so far have been Josh Hall (R-Sophmore, OF), Ryan Bliss (Junior, IF), Nate LaRue (Sophmore, C), Brody Moore (Junior, IF), Bryson Ware (Sophmore, IF), and Judd Ward (Senior, OF). All six of these guys have a batting average above .350 and have knocked in a few runs.
Auburn has gotten off to just as hot of a start from the mound. The team ERA is 1.29 and the team WHIP is .94. The Tigers have recoreded 43 strikeouts and have only given up seven runs. Sophmore Trace Bright has nine strikeouts, while senior Cody Greenhill and junior Richard Fitts both have six. Auburn’s pitching staff has held opponets to a batting average of .200 so far.
After a tough loss to Mississippi State in the 2019 College World Series and not getting to play most of the 2020 season, Auburn has high hopes for this season. This roster is loaded with talent and experience. The SEC is by far the most dominant conference in college baseball. The competition is tough every season, but this Auburn squad is ready to compete. It will be interesting to see what the Tigers can accomplish on the diamond this season. War Eagle!