BUTCH THOMPSON (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Auburn Baseball Notebook: Series Win Keeps Auburn On Track

Auburn baseball continues its steady climb upward following another big series win over the weekend with the Tigers now No. 5 in Baseball America and No. 7 in D1baseball polls.

Auburn, Ala.--When you look back to the day Butch Thompson was hired to coach the Auburn Tigers there was a particular quote that stuck out when talking about what he wanted out of his program. A guy who understands the big picture, but also understands that things get done correctly by not looking ahead, Thompson started laying the groundwork for Auburn’s success that very day.

“I’m looking for men above reproach who are going to be builder of men,” Thompson said of what he wanted in his future staff. “Of course, you’ve got to put together the best baseball team, but at the end of the day I want our team to be great, to be held to a standard. At the same time I want to make a lasting difference with these guys. That’s what we want at Auburn. We can do both and we believe we can do both.”

Bringing in Brad Bohannon from the University of Kentucky, Doug Sisson from professional baseball and right-hand man Greg Drye from Mississippi State, Thompson put the pieces in place and now in year two the results speak for themselves.

Coming off a series win over Arkansas, Auburn finds itself 30-12 overall and 12-6 in SEC play with four weekends left in the regular season.

Approaching things the right away and building his staff and team around a belief system in them and trusting them to get the job done, Thompson has put Auburn baseball on very firm ground and with still a lot of baseball left to be played this season the best could still be yet to come.

Pitcher of the Week: It’s tough to go with anybody but Andrew Mitchell because of his performance on Sunday for the Tigers. Coming back after a rough outing on Saturday, the junior left-hander allowed just one run on three hits in five innings of relief in an 11-6 win over Arkansas to secure the series. For the year Mitchell is 5-1 with a 2.91 ERA.

Photo by Jason Caldwell

Andrew Mitchell has been a key performer in the bullpen

Player of the Week: Normally this would be really easy when you have a guy like Auburn third baseman Josh Anthony going 11-16 (.688) with a home run, three doubles and nine RBI, but it wasn’t a runaway because of what Dylan Ingram and Luke Jarvis both did. Batting .545 for the week, Ingram hit a pair of home runs with two doubles, five RBI and seven runs scored. Not to be outdone, shortstop Luke Jarvis was 8-16 with two home runs, three doubles, six runs scored and eight RBI in four games.

 

SEC Standings Week 6:

Miss. State  13-5,  28-14

Auburn  12-6,  30-12

Kentucky  12-6,  28-13

Arkansas 12-6,  32-10

Texas A&M  10-8,  28-13

Florida  10-8,  27-13

LSU  10-8,  27-14

Ole Miss  9-9,  25-15

South Carolina  9-9,  24-15

Vanderbilt  9-9,  25-16

Missouri  8-10,  27-14

Georgia  5-15,  16-25

Tennessee  5-13,  20-17

Alabama  2-16,  15-25

 

Thursday’s Scores:

Mississippi State 6, Alabama 5

Florida 1, South Carolina 0

 

Friday’s Scores:

Auburn 15, Arkansas 2

Kentucky 12, LSU 5

LSU 4, Kentucky 3

Texas A&M 2, Tennessee 1

Mississippi State 4, Alabama 3

Mississippi State 13, Alabama 12

Vanderbilt 8, Georgia 1

South Carolina 4, Florida 2

Missouri 9, Ole Miss 3

 

Saturday’s Scores:

Arkansas 7, Auburn 3

Florida 7, South Carolina 5

Georgia 1, Vanderbilt 0

Vanderbilt 10, Georgia 5

Texas A&M 3, Tennessee 1

Ole Miss 3, Missouri 1

 

Sunday’s Scores:

Auburn 11, Arkansas 6

Kentucky 10, LSU 2

Tennessee 5, Texas A&M 3

Ole Miss 9, Missouri 6

 

Week 7 SEC Schedule:

Auburn at Miss. State

Florida at Georgia

Texas A&M at Missouri

LSU at Alabama

Kentucky at South Carolina

Ole Miss at Arkansas

Tennessee at Vanderbilt


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