Auburn Baseball found itself facing adversity late in the 2019 season, they could’ve thrown in the towel or waved the white flag but they never did. Auburn’s historic run to the 2019 NCAA Baseball College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska began back early 2019 and the team ran into some bumps in the road along the way. Their run began with a 6-5 win over Georgia Tech in the Atlanta Regional, in which they defeated Coastal Carolina once and Georgia Tech twice to win the regional. The first meeting with Georgia Tech in postseason play sparked it all. Steven Williams’ incredible walk-off homer at Russ Chandler Stadium lit a fire under the Tigers. A fire, which they carried with them from that point on. Knocking off North Carolina in the Chapel Hill Super Regional, a best-of-three series that Auburn won 2-1. Sunday night, the Tigers lost an absolute heartbreaker to Mississippi State 5-4 in the first game of their trip to Omaha. On Tuesday, Auburn tangled with the Louisville Cardinals but the game would enter a weather delay and wouldn’t resume until 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. When the game resumed, the Tigers found themselves in a bit of a hole, down 4-1 entering the fifth inning. The Cardinals would tack on one more run and the Tigers would answer back with two runs of their own. The last of which came on a ninth inning home run. Louisville would go on to win 5-3. Say what you want, but this team and this season will live forever. Auburn never gave up even when they had the opportunity to do so. They didn’t back down. The unity that this team showed was absolutely incredible. Rod and Paula Bramblett are without a doubt beaming with pride as am I. This season was one to remember. Pictures: Auburn Baseball Twitter.
This past week was a tough one for Auburn fans, students, student-athletes and the community of Auburn. Friday afternoon, a day after longtime Voice of the Auburn Tigers, Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula’s funeral, the Auburn Tigers’ baseball team traveled east to Georgia Tech’s Russ Chandler Stadium for the Atlanta Regional. Auburn out-slugged their first opponent on Friday in the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 16-7. Then came the Saturday night come-from-behind thriller that was 1-seed Georgia Tech vs. 2-seed Auburn. The Yellow Jackets had a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on base as Auburn’s Steven Williams began to stride toward the plate. Before we knew it, Auburn was down their last strike and potentially about to land in the loser’s bracket. However, Steven Williams had something else on his mind as he belted a 3-run home run over the right field wall at Russ Chandler Stadium and Auburn walked off victorious. This was the first time Auburn had hit a postseason walk-off homer since, David Ross did so in 1997 to walk-off against Florida State and eventually lead the Tigers to the College World Series. Then came Sunday, a game that Auburn needed to win to secure a spot in their second consecutive .Super Regional. The Tigers were set for a rematch with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Late in the game, the Tigers were up 3-1, when none other than Steven Williams knocked home the sealing run. Following the game, Auburn head coach, Butch Thompson, was in the midst of tears as he said “Rod was with us, he had our backs.” The Tigers will head to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in a best-of- three series June 7-10, the winner earns a trip to Omaha. They did it with purpose. They did it for Rod.