Saturday, March 24, 2012

Auburn Tigers Tidbits 3.24.12: Baseball Wins Game 1 Against LSU, Men's Swimming in 6th Place Overall

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The Auburn Tigers have a host of teams in competition this weekend. The baseball team moves into game two of their series with LSU, softball enters game two with Kentucky, swimming looks to surge past the competition, gymnastics continues in the SEC championships and the track and soccer teams are looking for victory.

It's a very busy day on the Plains and abroad for Auburn, looking at the day that was and the day that will be, here is a breakdown of the teams in competition.

Baseball

LSU Tigers (17-5,2-2) vs.Auburn Tigers (14-8,3-1)
Auburn, Alabama 3 p.m. CT
Plainsman Park

Auburn faced off against LSU on Friday for the second SEC series of the season. LSU entered the contest ranked as the No. 8 team in the country, looking to extend their national standing, and earn an SEC win. Auburn had another plan.

The two sets of Tigers battled back and forth throughout the game, finishing it in Sportscenter worthy fashion with a tag out at the plate to end the game. Auburn stood victorious at the end of the contest, winning the game 4-3, carrying a one game lead into the series as it continues through Sunday.

Derek Varnadore pitched a great game, only surrendering one earned run in 7 1/3 innings. The Tigers were able to take a one game lead into the series, looking to win the series today over LSU.

Will Kendall will get the start today for the Tigers, while LSU will start Ryan Eades.

Softball


Kentucky Wildcats (14-15,1-3) vs. Auburn Tigers (23-8,2-4)
Auburn, Alabama 1 p.m. CT
Jane B. Moore Field

Auburn softball started the season on fire. The lady Tigers were plowing through the competition. Lately, the lady Tigers have hit a bit of a skid. Friday, that skid flew out of control as the Tigers allowed a four-run lead disappear at the hands of the Kentucky Wildcats.

Kentucky battled to fill the gap on the Tigers throughout the game after Auburn took a 4-0 lead in the third inning. The Wildcats took over the game in the eighth and final inning, scoring four unanswered runs.

Auburn will look to put the wheels back on today when they take on the Wildcats in the second game of the series. The Tigers are riding a four game losing streak as they head into today's game.

Men's Swimming and Diving


Men's 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Federal Way, Washington 1 p.m. CT
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center
Finals on ESPN3

The men's swimming team enters the third day of competition in sixth place overall. The Tigers are battling to finish in the top five, while leading all SEC teams as Florida trails the Tigers by 53.5 points heading into today.

Auburn is not likely to close the gap and secure a national title, but they look to continue to compete competitively and build their standing. For all updates and detailed recaps of the competition, go here.

Gymnastics


2012 SEC Gymnastics Championships
Duluth, Georgia 3 p.m. CT
ESPN2, March 29th 7 p.m. CT (tape delay)

Auburn gymnastics will head into the SEC Championships today looking to push to the top of the competitive field, but it won't be easy. Auburn is ranked No. 15 in the country, but they come in as the fifth best team in the competition.

The Tigers have never finished better than they did in 1993, with a runner-up finish in the SEC championships. For updates follow along at auburntigers.com.

Spring Football Update


And so it begins. Spring football is among us. The Tigers took to the field for the first time Friday morning leaving a ton of things to uncover. Check back this afternoon for updates surrounding the Tigers football team.