Auburn Baseball Leaves the Plains and Heads to Omaha for the College World Series
AU'S BUTCH THOMPSON WILL FACE FORMER EMPLOYER MISSISSIPPI STATE SUNDAY
The Auburn baseball team left the Plains today to head to Omaha, Nebraska for their first College World Series appearance since 1997.
“All that we’ve been through, with the good and bad, we’ve claimed every bit of it, and we are excited to go out there and compete,” says Auburn baseball head coach Butch Thompson.
Auburn is among four SEC teams heading to Omaha. That includes Mississippi State who Auburn will face Sunday.
“They haven’t been in the box against me and I haven’t gone on the mound against them, so I think even though it’s one of our west rivals, it’s fair game right now,” says Auburn sophomore pitcher Jack Owen.
“There’s pros and cons. I mean we’ve seen half of the competition that’s there. We know what they have, but at the end of the day it’s a tournament style type of tournament, and you know it’s just going to take a lot of grit and fight for whoever wins it,” says Auburn junior short stop Will Holland.
For head coach Butch Thompson, this matchup is somewhat of a homecoming. The last time he coached in the College World Series he was the associate head coach for the Mississippi State Bulldogs in 2013.
“Of course we’re going to play those guys. A place that’s dear to me. A place that’s prepared me for the job that’s the opportunity of a lifetime that I have now. In a unique weird way I’ll turn that around to say, this is one of the neatest games that I’ve ever had the opportunity to coach in and be a part of, because I have so much respect on the other side, care about a ton of people on the other side, and my Tigers get to play them. I can’t wait to hook it up,” says coach Thompson.
Auburn and Mississippi State will face-off this Sunday at 7:30 eastern time from TD Ameritrade Park.