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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Auburn Softball Team faces adversity and takes another SEC series

This Auburn Softball Team continues to amaze me. They are findings ways to win after losing several key players last week. As you have probably read, senior shortstop Haley Fagan, sophomore starting pitcher Makayla Martin and freshman Brittany Maresette were arrested last Thursday morning for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. All three have been suspended from the Auburn Softball Team indefinitely and I commend Clint Myers for his action. They have already missed 3 games. Of course, if these girls were starting SEC football players, the punishment would have most likely been a half game suspension against a lesser opponent. It appears to me that it may be time for the NCAA or the SEC to impose a consistent drug policy for both women and men in all sports. This will be an expensive life lesson for each player.

Game 1

Auburn won this game against South Carolina 2-0 and Kaylee Carlson picked up her 22nd win. Auburn had 5 his and no errors. Kasey Cooper and Victoria Draper each had 2 hits. Kasey Cooper had a double and 1 RBI. Victoria Draper had 2 stolen bases which both led to runs. Alyssa Rivera continues to impress me with her play in the field and at the plate. She had a single in this game and now has a hit in 11 straight games. 

Game 2Freshman Ashlee Swindle from Jasper, Alabama got her first career start and a win for Auburn by pitching a 2-0 shutout and only allowed 2 hits. She pitched 5 1/3 innings and Kaylee Carlson was put in for relief. It will be up to Ashlee and Kaylee to pitch Auburn to the NCAA playoffs unless Makayla Martin is allowed to return to the team.
Alyssa Rivera and Kendall Veach each had 2 base hits and Victoria Draper got a hit. Kendall Veach had a solo home run. If Victoria gets on first base she is always looking for the steal with her speed. 

Game 3

There is little to say about this game and the highlights only belong to South Carolina.
 Auburn lost this game to South Carolina 3-0. Auburn played this game early this morning to avoid the rain. Auburn only managed two hits and Kaylee Carlson did not have her best day. Auburn had 3 errors and Carlee Wallace had a throwing error to third base that allowed a run to score.
Auburn will meet Alabama State in Montgomery at Lagoon Park this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.  Mississippi State comes to Auburn next weekend and I will be at the game on Saturday after the "Bo Jackson" bike ride festivities are over.

Enjoy the week!

Bo Bikes Bama

The "Bo Jackson Bicycle" ride will be next weekend in Auburn. This was my view from the start last year. There will be a 60 mile ride beginning at 7:30 a.m. and a 20 mile ride at 10:00 a.m. I will be on campus to report on the ride and hang out with the riders. As you may know, Bo Jackson put this annual ride together to raise money for the storm victims after Alabama was hit by several violent tornadoes on 4/27/11. Bo Jackson has raised over $1.1 million for the State of Alabama "Emergency Relief Fund".

If you are in Auburn next weekend, come by the Auburn Coliseum and hang out. You never know who you may see at this ride. I have met Brian Bosworth, Ken Griffey Junior and Senior, Brett Favre and Lance Armstrong. There is a lunch after the ride that is hosted by Chicken Salad Chick and you might just be able to score a t shirt and meet Bo Jackson.

War Eagle and always enjoy the ride!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Auburn Softball defeats Missouri 6-1

An Easter Softball Series

It was a great Easter Sunday in Birmingham today. I had some good turkey and dressing with the family and then watched the Auburn/Missouri Softball game. The Auburn ladies won another SEC series for the season. 

Game 1

 The Auburn Softball team did not fare well on Friday. The team just never seemed to get started after the Kasey Cooper home run in the first inning and Kaylee Carlson's change up was not working. Auburn did try to rally in the final inning, but failed to produce any runs. It was Missouri 6 Auburn 1.

Game 2

Auburn came back from a 3-0 deficit and won this game 5-4. Carlee Wallace continued to hit well and had a triple and 3 RBIs.
Makayla Martin pitched a complete game and is now 15-5 for the season. Kendall Veach made a heads up play to end the game in the 7th inning by catching a Missouri runner trying to score the tying run from third base. 

Game 3

I will call this the "Easter" game. All fans were encouraged to wear white to celebrate Easter Sunday and the Auburn ladies looked great in the white uniforms. 
Auburn came away with a 6-1 win and now has momentum going into the South Carolina series next weekend in Columbia, SC. Kaylee Carlson pitched much better and the change up was working well. She does have one of the best change ups that I have seen. If you do go to a game, just watch the ball float and spin across the plate. Kaylee only allowed 3 hits and one home run late in the game. Her record is now 21-2. 
Kendall Veach broke out of her slump by hitting a 3 run triple in the fifth inning and Haley Fagan was 2 for 2 and 1 RBI. Haley also made several nice plays in the field. Alyssa Rivera continues to impress me with her play as a freshman. She had s RBIs and played well in right field. If a ball is hit in here area, she will make the catch.
Auburn's road to Oklahoma City continues this week. They will play Kennesaw State on Wednesday night at home at 6 p.m. 

Happy Easter and War Eagle!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Great A Day in Auburn

My good friend Johnathan Williams and former Auburn player, Damon Duval at the Auburn A Day game on Saturday. Johnathan and I had a great conversation about the A Day game and what we saw for the future. 

Thank you for your insight Johnathan and the Krispy Kreme in Auburn was rocking.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Another Summer - Another QB Battle

photo by Julie Bennett courtesy of sports

The talk is cheap crowd have already tabbed Jarrett Stidham as Auburn's starting QB heading into the season that is still 5 months away. 

One sports writer actually fired a shot toward the University of Alabama! They said with Stidham at QB, Auburn is a contender.

Let me be the voice of reason, and pump the brakes on this. Actually, I'm leaning heavily on the brake pedal and the anti lock device is screaming.

I'll be the first to admit that Stidham looked very good in his A Day performance. 16 of 20 passing for 167 yards. He was every bit the QB we were told he was when he chose to attend Auburn.

In 2016 Sean White went 133 completions on 288 attempts. White tossed 9 TD passes and only threw 3 interceptions. 

Lets examine what the big differences are this year. One, Auburn has a new offensive coordinator. Chip Lindsey is known as a QB coach, and has been labeled by some as a guru. 

Two, Gus Malzahn has handed over the offense completely to Chip Lindsey. Where former offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee ran Gus Malzahn's offense, Lindsey has free reign to run his own offense, and call his own plays.

Given that Lindsey is a QB's coach, Sean White still has a chance to make a run at holding onto his starting spot as the Auburn QB. In Lauren Shute's article, Sean White admitted to a slight disadvantage: 

“I mean [Stidham] probably has a little bit of an edge just because,” White said. “I mean I have to admit, because he’s been through spring and been scrimmaging and gotten more reps than me.”

But from what we have seen from White in the past, he won't go down easily. He is a scrappy competitor. 
So don't go handing out that starting spot just yet. 

War Eagle!

Another SEC Series Win for Auburn Softball

Kaylee Carlson is "kryptonite" to the Ole Miss Softball team. She notched her second win against Ole Miss this afternoon and the Auburn Softball team won 3-1 to take the weekend 3 game series. Kaylee allowed only 4 hits.

Kasey Cooper who was 2 for 21 against SEC opponents went 6 for 9 with a double and a triple and 2 RBIs in the series. 

Auburn will play Georgia State at home this Wednesday night at 6 p.m.