Henry Patton | Sports Writer
Backed by quality pitching, Auburn picked up a 5-4 win over Alabama Friday in Tuscaloosa. "Jack just did a great job and gave Swilling a short rope, something that he could finish," said head coach Butch Thompson. "It was nice to only use two guys tonight and we have an opportunity to come out and win a series tomorrow."
Auburn dropped the final game of their three-game series against Mississippi State 19-10 on Sunday. “I think they got a message loud and clear that things have to improve," Thompson said.
With everyone returning, Auburn's offensive line is starting to get more comfortable. “I feel good about this group,” Tashawn Manning said. “We got a bunch of hard workers. We are going to get this thing done.
Auburn’s running back room is thin right now, as they only have three scholarship running backs currently on campus, but coach Cadillac Williams is still excited about his group.
"It feels really great," Houchin said. "I was just really happy to be able to spend it with my team. Those are the people that mean the most to me, my teammates. I know they all played really hard for me and Dani today, so it was really good to go out with a win."
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“We just have to put it all together,” Dean said. “Our defense was shaky at the beginning. It was a tough day for the pitchers. We gave up seven walks and a home run. We’ve got to be sharper there.”
Auburn guard Jamal Johnson has reportedly entered the transfer portal. Stockrisers' Jake Weingarten first reported the news.
Led by a five-run fifth inning and nine innings of shutout pitching, Auburn was able to handle Little Rock 7-0 at Plainsman Park on Friday.
Auburn softball swept its doubleheader on Saturday against the IUPUI Jaguars, winning both games 5-0 at Jane B. Moore Field. Freshman pitcher Maddie Penta tossed the second no-hitter of her career in the first game, while freshman Makayla Packer hit a grand slam in the second game.