Auburn continued it meteoric rise in the national polls on Monday.
Following the Tigers’ big-time series win against then-No. 6 South Carolina, Auburn made moves in both the Baseball American top 25 and the D1Baseball.com top 25. Butch Thompson’s squad moved up 11 spots to No. 7 in the Baseball America poll, while the Tigers climbed six spots to No. 11 in the D1Baseball.com poll.
The No. 7 ranking is the highest for Auburn by Baseball America in more than 13 years. The last time Auburn was that high in Baseball America’s rankings was March 15, 2004.
Auburn is off to a 23-7 start to the year, matching its win total from last year, which was Thompson’s first season managing the team. The Tigers went 3-1 last week, including a midweek win against rival Alabama in the Capital City Classic in Montgomery followed by a series win against the Gamecocks, who fell to No. 11 in the Baseball America rankings and No. 12 in the D1Baseball.com rankings.
Auburn managed to win the series without ace Keegan Thompson (shoulder discomfort), taking the Friday night opener behind Casey Mize’s complete game and then clinching the series on Conor Davis’ pinch-hit, walk-off, three-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning of Sunday’s series finale.
Auburn is the highest-ranked SEC team in the Baseball America poll, while the Tigers are behind No. 7 Florida (20-9 overall) — which Auburn swept to open SEC play — and No. 8 Kentucky (21-8 overall). in the D1Baseball.com poll. The Gators are one spot behind Auburn at No. 8 in the Baseball America rankings, while the Wildcats are 13th.
Auburn hosts Georgia Tech on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before hitting the road for a three-game weekend series at Texas A&M this weekend.