“Get Ahead, Stay Ahead” Auburn’s Mindset Heading into Chapel Hill Super Regional
AUBURN AND NORTH CAROLINA WILL PLAY A BEST OF THREE SERIES FOR A SPOT IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
The Auburn Tigers are just a few days away from heading back to the super regionals where their season ended last year in Gainesville. This weekend they take on North Carolina hoping to punch their ticket back to the College World Series for the first time since 1997.
“You know I think this year we’re really ready to kick the door in, you know I think we are just really excited to get over that hump like you said and just show everyone what Auburn is about,” says Auburn junior shortstop Will Holland.
“Going into the regional, there were four teams that we had to take down and that was one and we are two wins away, so I think we are in a really good spot with the way we are playing right now,” says Auburn sophomore pitcher Jack Owen.
This year, freshman like Brooks Fuller, Richard Fitts, and Ryan Bliss have stepped up into key roles.
Head coach Butch Thompson says at this point in the season he wouldn’t classify them as freshman, but as guys that are just trying to help them win.
“After 60+ games you know coach actually said you’re no longer a freshman you’re now just a ball player. You’ve got to go out there and play like it and I feel like I’ve had enough experience this year to just to go out there and trust what I’ve been doing and trust my teammates, trust my coaches with what they taught me and play to the best of my ability,” says Auburn freshman second baseman Ryan Bliss.
The gameplan heading into the weekend is simple, get ahead and stay ahead.
“These things come and go really fast, so we have to be ready and we were this past week offensively and came out and when you talk about a teams arm, a championship type ball club, a lot of times like UNC is they get better as the game goes on. The arms get faster, the breaking balls get better, so I think the simplest form is to try and come out early,” says Auburn head baseball coach Butch Thompson.
Coach Thompson showing full confidence in his program as they head up to Chapel Hill.
Game one of the best of three series set for Saturday at noon eastern time.