Auburn baseball falls to Vanderbilt, SEC winning streak stopped at 9 games

Justin Hokansonby:Justin Hokanson05/25/23


Auburn baseball fell to No. 4 seed Vanderbilt on Wednesday night by the score of 6-4. The loss drops the Tigers to 34-20-1 overall and ends the Tigers’ 9-game SEC winning streak. The streak stops one win short of the program record of 10 straight SEC wins in 1987.


THE SKINNY: Auburn’s red-hot offense was held in check against Vanderbilt, for the most part.

  • The Tigers averaged over nine runs per game during their 9-game winning streak, but were held at bay against the ‘Dores. Auburn managed just five hits and four runs on the evening. Cole Foster, Chris Stanfield and Bryson Ware hit home runs accounting for all four runs.
  • Auburn pitchers Chase Allsup, John Armstrong and Drew Nelson were OK, but certainly not great. The trio walked eight batters (all by Allsup and Armstrong) and struck out only four in allowing five earned runs. The trio only allowed six hits in the game.
  • Ware’s home run was his 23rd of the season. That ties Hunter Morris for the Auburn single-season record for home runs. Morris hit 23 during the 2010 season. Ware hit his 22nd of the season last night against Missouri.
  • Ware accounted for two of Auburn’s five hits on the night. Stanfield, Foster and Ike Irish accounted for the other three.
  • Vanderbilt pitchers walked only three while striking out 11. Auburn pitchers walked eight while striking out only five.
  • It’s Auburn’s second-straight loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament. The Tigers lost 11-1 in eight innings in the 2019 tournament.

WHAT’S NEXT? Auburn will face an elimination game against No. 9-seed Alabama on Thursday afternoon.

  • Alabama lost to No. 1-seed Florida 7-6 in 11 innings on Wednesday evening. Auburn’s loss means the arch rivals will face off to stay alive in the SEC Tournament on Thursday afternoon following an elimination game between South Carolina and Texas A&M.
  • Auburn and Alabama are both projected to host a regional by numerous baseball publications and prognosticators.
  • Auburn lost two of three to Alabama during the series in Tuscaloosa, Ala. in April. It’s the last SEC series the Tigers lost, winning five straight series over the next five weekends.
  • The two last met in the SEC Tournament in 2013, with Alabama winning 6-3. Before that, Alabama beat Auburn 7-1 in 2010. Going back to 2003, Alabama beat Auburn twice in the same SEC Tournament, 7-5 and 13-3.
  • The last time Auburn defeated Alabama in the SEC Tournament was when the tournament was held in Columbus, Ga. in 1998. The Tigers won 11-8 in the opener, followed by a 4-3 loss and 9-1 win in a doubleheader.

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