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May 19, 2011

Auburn baseball upset by Tennessee; Tigers still one win away from SEC tournament berth

The Auburn baseball team’s chances at winning the SEC West title took a major hit Thursday night.

The Tigers lost 5-2 at lowly Tennessee, dropping to 13-15 in league play with two regular season games remaining. Auburn (28-26) entered the night in a four-way tie for first place in the SEC West with Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi State.

The Volunteers (24-28, 6-22) had lost 11 straight SEC games. It was their first league win since April 22.

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Auburn managed only six hits in the loss, stymied by Tennessee starter Steven Gruver, who gave up two runs and struck  out seven in 7 1/3 innings.

Tennessee took a 3-0 lead on Tigers starter Jon Luke Jacobs in the first. Auburn pulled within 3-2 in the seventh, but the Volunteers went up 5-2 on Davis Morgan‘s two-run single in the seventh.

Auburn loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Dan Gamache struck out and Casey McElroy flew out to center to end things.

The Tigers have more on their mind now than winning the West. They need to win one of the final two games in the series to qualify for the SEC tournament.

They also need to win both games to guarantee themselves a final record of at least .500, a requirement for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.

Auburn and Tennessee play again Friday at 6 p.m. ET. Derek Varnadore (5-2, 3.60) takes the mound for the Tigers against Nick Blount (1-4, 5.52).

UPDATE: The finals are in. Alabama beat South Carolina 2-1. Ole Miss beat Arkansas 2-1. And LSU beat Mississippi State 17-1.

The Crimson Tide clinched an SEC tournament berth with its win, leaving three spots for five teams. Here are the updated SEC West standings:

Alabama…………. 14-14 — vs. USC (2)*
Arkansas………… 13-15 — vs. MISS (2)
Mississippi State.. 13-15 — vs. LSU (2)
Auburn………….. 13-15 — at TENN (2)
Ole Miss…………  13-15 — at ARK (2)
LSU………………  12-16 — at MSU (2)

* — clinched SEC tournament berth

4 Comments

  1. Auburn Sucks HAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Notabamafan — May 20, 2011 @ 11:01 am

  2. Doesn’t matter if you are a bama fan or a thUGA fan, we beat both of you. 28-27, or 49-31. National Champs!

    Comment by 2010 National Champs — May 20, 2011 @ 11:12 am

  3. 2010 National chamos your a moron this is a baseball post not football so you beat bama 28-27 in baseball well your hitting is great but your pitching is just awful if that is the case. Try to be a little humble after all after this football season you will never post on here again after the embarrassing season you all are about to have LOL

    Comment by stupid is as stupid does — May 20, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

  4. Up until the past few weeks, this site has been wonderfully lacking in dumb trolls. “Auburn sucks hahahaha LOL” Can’t you take this junk to Al.com or some other infantile site? You’ll find others with your third grade mentality over there.

    Comment by MikeP — May 21, 2011 @ 1:17 am

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