Auburn watches the end of the season, but Sunny Golloway looks for bright days ahead
By Charles Goldberg
Coach Sunny Golloway welcomed Auburn baseball's return to NCAA Regional play, and now he wants more.
Auburn played in, and bowed out Sunday, in its first regional since 2010, losing to College of Charleston 3-2 in Tallahassee in a game that took more than nine hours, from start to finish, because of a weather delay.
Golloway said he hopes the regional invitation will be just another step in building his program.
"It's less about the game and more about our program and looking forward," he said. "We're a young team. We've got a lot of guys coming back who are still learning. We gained some very valuable experience through this process."
Auburn finished with a 36-26 record in Golloway's second year during a season that included wins in the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Regional.
Golloway said the return to the NCAAs was "a great feat. They showed a lot of mental toughness all year and a lot of grit. They found ways to hang in there and compete.
"I'm really proud of this group, it's a tough group. They're easy to love because they give maximum effort.
"They've done everything we've asked them to do. The development is not where we want it to be, but, you know what, we're probably critiquing too hard as coaches. If you think of the SEC, there are some other programs that still haven't gotten to a regional with their coaches. For us to already be here in Year Two, the key is to continue regionals, and string it together and to develop to where you can get through them."
"He said the plan for the returning veterans is to "get bigger and stronger and we've got some really good recruits coming in, so our future is extremely bright."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine