Sweep A Big Step For Tigers

Auburn's sweep of Georgia was a huge step for the Tigers as they look to get back to the postseason.

Auburn, Ala.--Despite not having No. 1 pitcher Keegan Thompson this weekend the Auburn Tigers got a huge sweep of the Georgia Bulldogs to improve to 29-16 overall and more importantly 10-11 in SEC play with three weekend series remaining. While nothing has been decided yet, the sweep was another huge step for Coach Sunny Golloway’s club as the Tigers look to get back to the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament this year.

With several teams still playing on Sunday, Auburn will have no worse than a three-game lead on the bottom of the league with the top 12 teams advancing to the SEC Tournament next month. From a 1-5 start to the league slate to now winning five of six in the league, Golloway said his team continues to play hard and do the right things at the right time and that’s paying off in wins.

“Right now what does it mean, confidence more than anything is what I see,” Golloway said of his team’s good play. “I see our guys playing with tremendous confidence. Our guys are having a lot of fun, they like being around each other. They care about one another.

“Everybody is contributing,” he added. “Everybody cares about each other. Nobody is being selfish. To me that’s probably what it means. The wins are coming. They’re going to have fun because they’re winning, but I see our confidence really coming.”

The key to the turnaround this season for Auburn has been winning the games the Tigers are supposed to win. Going just 2-7 against the top three teams in the league this year, Auburn has an 8-4 mark against the rest of its schedule. Included in that is a 7-2 record against Ole Miss, Georgia and Mississippi State. That’s something you have to do in college baseball to take the next step and so far the Tigers are taking care of business.

Auburn has done the damage the last two weekends without Thompson contributing to any of the five wins. That’s something that Golloway said should only help the Tigers when the big sophomore returns to the mound this weekend when Auburn travels to South Carolina for yet another huge series.

“How about that,” Golloway said. “If you told me we were going 5-1 and the one loss was going to be Keegan just throwing two innings, I would have said that’s not going to happen. That, I think, is going to be a huge shot in the arm.

“Every day Keegan is getting tired of me being around him because I ask how he’s feeling. Today he felt great. He’s really excited about getting the start and getting back in there next weekend. I think it just gives everybody confidence.”

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