So last Friday I previewed the big upcoming weekend in Auburn athletics. Unfortunately, aside from the awesome weather on the Plains and Antoine Carter showing out, there wasn’t much to celebrate. Recapping:
Women’s golf. The Auburn women entered the weekend ranked No. 3 in the country and left it No. 5 in the SEC, 13 strokes off Alabama’s championship total. The Tigers finished their opening round in seventh and never made a serious charge. Bleah. No. 1-ranked Cydney Clanton finished seventh on the weekend, senior Candance Schepperle 17th.
Equestrian. An expected charge towards an overall national title never materialized as the second-seeded western team was upset by 10th-seeded South Carolina in the second round and eliminated by third-seeded Oklahoma St. one match later. The hunt seat team advanced to the finals but lost to top seed and eventual overall national titlist Georgia.
So two teams with serious championship hopes, neither one of which ended up coming all that close. Oh well; still a great season for both. And it’s probably not over for the golfers, as they’ve got NCAAs still to come.
Baseball. There’s not a lick of shame in Auburn’s performance over the weekend. After spotting Vanderbilt an 8-2 lead on Friday night, the Tigers would outscore the ‘Dores 16-5 over the remainder of the weekend. Unfortunaterly, that was only good for one win out of three as the home team prevailed 11-6 Friday and 3-2 Sunday on a walk-off home run. In-between Cory Luckie pitched a complete game in an easy 12-2 win. This is the way the pendulum of fortune swings: the last two weekends the ‘Dores outscored their opponent but wound up dropping 2 of 3 anyway, while it was Auburn who got the one-run escape in the tight rubber game. This week it went the other way. So it goes; with three home series against lackluster Kentucky, Tennessee, and Miss. St. still to come, Auburn’s still well on target to break through to Hoover.
But with an extra win in Nashville, the Tigers could have still harbored dreams of making some serious noise in the league standings. Now, with Arkansas a full four games up on the Tigers in the SEC West and hosting the series between the two, a run at the division title’s not likely at all. Not a huge deal–this season’s goals were just to make it to Hoover and back to the NCAAs, and Auburn’s right on schedule for those–but there was a bit of a window after the LSU series, and between the Vandy series and the Hog sweep of Georgia it’s already closed. C’est la vie.
For the fans of the weekly SEC baseball run differential updates, that’ll be here tomorrow.