Rocky McCord talks about Auburn baseball, and graduation, before Thursday's practice
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Rocky McCord has a lot going on Saturday.
"I just plan on waking up, grab my diploma and come straight to the field."
You know, be Rocky McCord, college graduate, starting pitcher and part of an Auburn baseball team that will play host to Alabama this weekend.
McCord will pick up his diploma in physical health and activity during a ceremony in Auburn Arena that starts at 10 a.m., then will walk across the street and pitch in a game that starts at 3.
"It will be a good day no matter what the outcome is. I'll have all my family here," he said.
McCord says he came to Auburn to play baseball, and found more.
"That's the great thing about Auburn, it's such a good school you get a great education as well. I'm in line to take some classes after baseball to go to chiropractic school like my dad did. Auburn has kind of got me set me up to do that," he said.
Auburn has battled back from its 1-5 SEC start to think, out loud, about the league tournament and the NCAAs. That's why this weekend's series, and the regular-season final series at Florida, is important.
"It means a lot more than just rivalry for us, because we're set up pretty good," McCord said. "We want to make it to a regional, but we also want to host if we can, and we'll get that opportunity if we win two out of three here and take two out of three from Florida."
Auburn, winners of 11 of its last 13 games, is 32-17 overall and 12-12 in the SEC. Alabama is 25-24 overall and 8-16 in the league.
Game times are 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday in Plainsman Park. Auburn beat Alabama 5-3 on March 3 in the Capital City Classic in Montgomery in a game that doesn't count in the SEC standings.
Oh, but this weekend will.
"It means a lot for us, and it means a lot for them, too," McCord said. "I know they're trying to get into SEC Tournament. Their season hasn't gone as planned, but they have a great ball club."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine