The Auburn baseball team ended the regular season with a huge boost of momentum. The Tigers were able to clinch the final series of the season against LSU on Saturday behind the arm of redshirt-senior Andrew Mitchell. Mitchell, a former LSU Tiger, pitched for the best game of his career in what could very well be his final start at Auburn’s home field, Plainsman Park. The Auburn offense was a major help to Mitchell in clinching the series by scoring 14 runs in the all-important game. Auburn has struggled against LSU in the past few years with this being the first series win for Auburn against the Tigers from Baton Rouge since 2012. The 14 runs that Auburn scored were also the most that they have put up against LSU in 15 years.
Mitchell Leads the Way
Mitchell was very impressive in his start, pitching a career high of seven innings and serving up nine strikeouts, while allowing only two runs on six hits. Being a New Orleans native and a former LSU Tiger, it was even more special for Mitchell to pick up the win in front of the Auburn crowd.
Auburn Explodes on Offense
On the batting side, seven different Auburn players had at least one hit, while four of them each had three hits total. Will Holland and Josh Anthony led the way with strong offensive games, as Holland earned four RBIs and Anthony hit .750 in the game. Edouard Julien and Luke Jarvis rounded out the Tigers who had three hits, with Julien launching his 14th home run of the season and Jarvis bringing in four RBIs, the same as Holland. The 16 total hits that the home Tigers earned was the third most in an SEC game this season. Auburn also hit four total home runs, the seventh time this season they have hit at least three in a game.
Auburn will head into the SEC Tournament as the seventh seed and will begin the postseason facing off against the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday at 1 PM CT. The Tigers will look to cement a strong spot in the postseason regionals with a great performance in the conference tournament.