In a season already full of major accomplishments, Auburn received yet another Monday morning.
Auburn (23-7, 7-2) jumped from No. 18 to No. 7 in Baseball America’s rankings after its dramatic walk-off victory over previously sixth-ranked South Carolina. It is Auburn’s highest ranking since March 15, 2004.
The Tigers took the series from the Gamecocks Sunday afternoon after pinch hitter Conor Davis blasted a three-run walk-off home run over the left field wall. It was Auburn’s first walk-off home run since Damek Tomscha’s walk-off shot on Opening Day in 2013 vs. Maine.
The clutch blast by Davis gave Auburn its first home series victory over South Carolina since 1996. The three-game set was the highest-attended series at Plainsman Park since 2003 and the third-most in school history.
Auburn has now matched its win total from last season (23) just 30 games into the season. The Tigers are one win shy of its eight SEC wins from last season in just nine conference games.
In arguably the toughest baseball conference in America, Auburn sits on top in the rankings this week. The SEC has six other ranked teams, No. 8 Florida, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 13 Kentucky, No. 15 LSU, No. 16 Arkansas and No. 22 Mississippi State. The seven ranked teams are the most by any conference this week. The ACC has six teams ranked.
Auburn will continue play Tuesday as it hosts Georgia Tech at Plainsman Park. The Tigers defeated the Yellow Jackets 7-4 on March 21. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. CST.
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