Freshman's words energize Auburn's baseball team



Blake Logan inspired teammates with his words after Friday's loss (Zach Bland photo)
 
By Phillip Marshall
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. -- Minutes after the most disappointing loss of the season, the impassioned words of a freshman energized Auburn's baseball team and a weekend that might have been lost became a success.

Friday night, the Tigers had just lost 10-6 to Presbyterian in the first game of a three-game series at Plainsman Park. They'd scored five runs in the ninth inning and brought the tying run to the plate. As they met after the game, freshman catcher Blake Logan wanted to talk.

"Blake stood up and said `we are fighting, we are here, we are going to take this to the next level,'" said senior Jay Wade, who was the winning pitcher in Auburn's 12-5 series-clinching victory Sunday. "I'm getting chill bumps just talking about it. He's an excellent kid. He shocked a lot of people as far as what he said and the way he said it. He's definitely wise beyond his years.

"A guy stands up and says something like that and it just gets you going."

Senior Damek Tomscha, who hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs Sunday, was impressed, too.,

"Blake is a great kid," he said. "He wants to win. He's not playing every day, but you can just tell he's in it to win. I think the freshmen want to see the upperclassmen succeed. It just shows what kind of person he is."

The Tigers rebounded to win 3-0 Saturday on freshman Keegan Thompson's complete-game one-hitter and had their best offensive day of the season in running away with Sunday's game to run their record to 6-5. They'll take their new-found momentum to Montgomery on Tuesday night for the annual Capital City Classic against Alabama at Riverwalk Stadium. Gametime is set for 7 p.m.

First-year head coach Sunny Golloway said he's excited to play a game against another SEC team before a large crowd.

"We are excited," Golloway said. "I think it's going to be good. In the past, we've always had marquee games early. They prepare you for conference and also down the road. It's going to be a great experience for our young guys."

After being shutout in the first two games of a three-game series at Louisiana-Lafayette, Alabama (5-5) broke a three-game losing streak Sunday with a 12-6 victory over the Ragin' Cajuns. Alabama has been shut out three times and held to one run three times in 10 games.

Auburn will start sophomore Justin Camp, 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA and a save, against the Crimson Tide.

Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: