AU Baseball: What Went Wrong Today?
Now you're looking at that same team, fresh off a 7-1 loss to Alabama in the SEC Tournament, and you're thinking: What just happened?
Baseball just happened.
It's the least predictable major sport. A great day from an opposing pitcher means you have almost no shot. That's what Auburn experienced today.
- Alabama starter Jimmy Nelson was really good today. That was his third consecutive complete-game win. He knew even Auburn, the league's most homer-prone team, would struggle to bop the ball out of spacious Regions Park. So he threw good strikes and dared the Tigers to hit it deep. They didn't.
- Auburn starter Cory Luckie was not as good as Nelson.
- Auburn's relievers pitched poorly for the most part.
- Alabama played excellent defense ... particularly at first base.
- Auburn played imperfect defense. An error at second base early in the game created drama that shouldn't have existed.
And that, HOTTIES, comprises every known reason for the Tigers' struggles.
Auburn plays South Carolina tomorrow morning in an elimination game. The Gamecocks are better than Alabama, but the Tigers will be throwing de facto ace Grant Dayton against them.
Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University
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