Auburn, Ala.--Starting his collegiate baseball playing days at Mississippi State before transferring to Shelton State Community College, Auburn first baseman Dylan Ingram had a triumphant return to Starkville over the weekend with a pair of home runs in a Saturday doubleheader sweep of the Bulldogs.
Leading the team with seven home runs and second with 35 RBI, Ingram said the weekend was special being back around his former teammates and program at Mississippi State, but in the end it’s all about the success for his Auburn team.
“My time there was short-lived, a year and a half,” Ingram said. “I became such a better person for it. I have some lifelong friends over there. Me and Brent (Rooker) were great friends. Peyton Plumlee, I’m a great friend of his.
“My time there was awesome, but it was a little sweet having a good day against them.”
Redshirting his first season at Mississippi State, Ingram wasn’t in the plans for the Bulldogs following fall practice in 2014 so he transferred to a junior college in the hopes of working on his game and impressing another major college program down the road.
Batting .411 as a sophomore at Shelton State with a pair of home runs, 31 doubles and 64 RBI, Ingram was named a second-team NJCAA All-American and that was enough for Auburn to give him a look.
Warming up with the weather in April, Ingram has gotten hot in the last 10 games for the Tigers with a .303 average, five home runs and 15 RBI.
Going back to his former home, Ingram was 4-11 for the weekend with seven of those runs batted in for the Tigers as they took a big series from the Bulldogs to move into a tie for first place in the Southeastern Conference with only three weeks remaining in the regular season.
Knowing the importance of the series, Ingram said he kept focused on the big picture and tried not to let his personal thoughts get in the way of a big series.
“It wasa really special day, but I didn’t really come into it trying to think about me doing anything crazy,” Ingram said. “I just wanted to help the team win. Winning series in this league is really hard, especially on the road. I couldn’t really think about doing something against them. I just really wanted to help our team and it turned out good.”
Ingram and the Tigers return to action this weekend with a three-game series against rival Alabama at Plainsman Park. Game times for the series are scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday for a game that can be seen on the SEC Network.