Dylan Fox | Sports Writer
Facing white-out conditions, Auburn will try to remain undefeated in a primetime matchup at Penn State.
"This was the toughest team we’ve played this season," said head coach Brent Crouch. “They exposed some areas where we need to get better, but what I was most proud of was that even when they exposed those things, we didn't let it derail us emotionally. We kept coming back and did the right things in the fifth set to win. It was a great win."
With one game already in the books, the Tigers will try to start the Harsin era 2-0 on Saturday. They face Alabama State, which is also 1-0 entering the game.
With a whole season ahead and many new faces coming into this game, here are some players worth keeping an eye on this weekend and keys to victory for both teams.
"I didn't even know what was happening," Dean said. "I didn't know what the team was doing postgame with the silly string. I was thinking it was alright to celebrate, but we have won before. Then they informed me. It was a pretty cool moment."
Despite three-hit performances from Cam Hill and Judd Ward, Auburn's pitching allowed the Crimson Tide to clinch a series victory as the Tigers fell 10-9 in Saturday's finale.
Auburn dropped the second game of its three-game series against Mississippi State on Saturday, losing 7-2. “Jack was great last week," said head coach Butch Thompson. “I thought both days here we just threw a couple of bad pitches, and they hit them and launched them.”
Auburn was unable to avoid the sweep against Arkansas, losing 2-0 on Saturday. “You gotta be clean against a top-10 team.” said head coach Mickey Dean. “It’s highly unlikely that you’ll beat a top-10 team with three [errors].”
“We feel the most confident about our pitching then we have the last couple of weeks,” Thompson said. “With all the pieces finally we’re allowed to get everybody back in a situation where they’ve had success in the past.”
Auburn dropped both games of its doubleheader against Kentucky on Saturday and was swept for the second straight weekend. “I know it’s tough, but we’re going to be okay,” Thompson said. “I think this is going to be a real test of the character of our program."