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Auburn Tigers Baseball
Auburn Tigers
2015 Auburn Tigers baseball team
Auburn Tigers logo.svg
Founded 1933
University Auburn University
Athletic director Jay Jacobs
Head coach Butch Thompson (1st season)
Conference SEC
Western Division
Location Auburn, Alabama
Home stadium Plainsman Park
(Capacity: 4,096)
Nickname Tigers
Colors Burnt Orange and Navy Blue[1]
         
Overall record 1,912-1,281-6 (.598) [2]
College World Series appearances
1967, 1976, 1994, 1997
NCAA Tournament appearances
1963, 1967, 1976, 1978, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2015, 2017
Conference tournament champions
1978, 1989, 1998
Conference champions
1937, 1958, 1963, 1967, 1976, 1978

The Auburn Tigers baseball team represents Auburn University in NCAA Division I college baseball. Along with most other Auburn athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Western division of the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers play their home games on campus at Plainsman Park, and they are coached by Butch Thompson.[3]

History

Auburn Baseball has won six SEC championships, three SEC Tournament championships, appeared in 19 NCAA Regionals and reached the College World Series (CWS) four times.

Following the 2000 season, Hal Baird retired as a head coach. After 16 years at head of the Auburn baseball program, Baird posted an impressive 634-328-0 overall record.

On September 1, 1999 Steve Renfroe was named head baseball coach at Auburn University, as the successor to Hal Baird following the 2000 season. Renfroe was longtime assistant coach at Auburn before being named head coach, having begun his coaching career at Auburn in 1981 as an assistant and remaining in that position until 1995 when he was named assistant head coach.

On June 7, 2004 Renfroe was relieved of his duties as head baseball coach at Auburn. He posted an overall mark of 145-92, including a 60-60 SEC record, during his tenure.[4] Each of Renfroe's first three Auburn squads advanced to the NCAA Baseball Tournaments, with stops in Tallahassee, FL, in 2001, Tuscaloosa, AL, in 2002, and hosting a 2003 Regional in Auburn.[5]

On June 29, 2004 Tom Slater was named as Steve Renfroe's replacement. After only having 2 coaches in 38 years, Auburn was now on the second coach within a five-year period. Slater was previously an assistant at Auburn during the 1990s before taking a head coaching job at his alma mater Virginia Military Institute following the 2000 season. After the 2003 season, Slater left VMI to take an assistant job at the University of Florida where he helped lead the Gators to their first ever Super Regional appearance.[6]

On June 20, 2008 John Pawlowski was introduced as the 16th Head Coach of the Auburn Tigers baseball program. Pawlowski was previously the head coach at the College of Charleston. He took over that program in 2000, and posted a 338-192-1 record during his tenure. Under his direction, the Cougars made three straight NCAA post-season appearances, including their first ever appearance in 2004. He was named the Southern Conference coach of the year in 2004, 2005, and 2007, and coached 17 All-Americans during his tenure.[7] At Auburn, he took over a very young baseball team that included two freshman all-American selections, Hunter Morris and Brian Fletcher.[8]

On May 27, 2013, John Pawlowski was fired after finishing the 2013 season with a 33-23 record overall and a 13-17 record in the SEC. The Tigers failed to reach the NCAA tournament for three straight years. Pawlowski compiled a 167-126 overall record and a 71-79 SEC mark at Auburn. His 2010 team won the SEC West, but his four other teams had losing conference records.

Stadium

Plainsman Park

Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park is a baseball stadium located in Auburn, Alabama. It is the home field for the Auburn Tigers baseball team. Commonly known as "Plainsman Park", it is widely considered one of the finest facilities in college baseball and has a seating capacity of 4,096 not including lawn areas.

The field was named in 1997 to honor two former Auburn players, Billy and Jimmy Hitchcock. The Hitchcock brothers were popular athletes in the 1930s. Jimmy was Auburn's first All-American in football and baseball, and later coached the Tigers during the 1940s. Billy helped Auburn make its first bowl appearance in football, as well as, helping the Tigers claim their first SEC baseball title in 1937. He later became a manager in the MLB.

In 2003, the stadium was renamed Samford Stadium-Hitchcock Field at Plainsman Park after W. James "Jimmy" Samford passed. Samford was a graduate of Auburn, a former board of trustees member, and was known for pushing the renovations of the stadium that began in 1996.

Head coaches

  • Records are through the 2016 Season
Tenure Coach Years Record Pct. NCAA Tournament
1933 Sam McAllister 1 5-4-0 .556
1934 Herschel Bobo 1
1934-1939 Del Morgan 6
1940 Porter Grant 1 4-5-0 .444
1941-1942 Jimmy Hitchcock 2
1943-1946 Bob Evans 2
1947-1948 Danny Doyle 2
1949-1950 Johnny Williamson 2 21-23-0 .477
1951-1957 Dick McGowen 7 90-76-2 .548
1958 Joe Connally 1 17-8-0 .680
1959-1962 Erk Russell 4 59-37-1 .620
1963-1984 Paul Nix 22 515-376-0 .578 4
1985-2000 Hal Baird 16 634-328-0 .659 9
2001-2004 Steve Renfroe 4 145-92-0 .612 3
2005-2008 Tom Slater 4 115-113-0 .504 1
2009-2013 John Pawlowski 5 167-126 .570 1
2014-2015 Sunny Golloway 2 62-50 .553 1
2016 Butch Thompson 1 23-33 .411
Totals 18 coaches 83 19

Year-by-year results

*Through March 24, 2014.
*Final rankings are from Collegiate Baseball Division I Final Polls (1959-2006)[9] *Auburn baseball history year-by-year results [10]

Auburn Tigers in the NCAA Tournament

Year Record Pct Notes
Auburn did not make the tournament from 1947 to 1962.
1963
Auburn did not make the tournament from 1964 to 1966.
1967 College World Series (4th place)
Auburn did not make the tournament from 1968 to 1975.
1976 3-2 .600 Won the South Regional in Tallahassee; College World Series (8th place)
Auburn did not make the tournament in 1977.
1978
Auburn did not make the tournament from 1979 to 1986.
1987
Auburn did not make the tournament in 1988.
1989
Auburn did not make the tournament from 1990 to 1992.
1993
1994 College World Series (8th place)
1995
Auburn did not make the tournament in 1996.
1997 College World Series (6th place)
1998 3-2 .600 Runner-up in the Tallahassee Regional.
1999 3-3 .500 Won the Auburn Regional; Lost to Florida St. in the Tallahassee Super Regional.
2000 1-2 .333 Eliminated by Stetson in the Atlanta Regional.
2001 2-2 .500 Eliminated by Florida St. in the Tallahassee Regional final.
2002 0-2 .000 Lost to Florida Atlantic and Alabama in the Tuscaloosa Regional.
2003 2-2 .500 Eliminated by Ohio St. in the Auburn Regional final.
Auburn did not make the tournament in 2004.
2005 2-2 .500 Eliminated by Florida St. in the Tallahassee Regional final.
Auburn did not make the tournament from 2006 to 2009.
2010 3-2 .600 Eliminated by Clemson in the Auburn Regional final.
Auburn did not make the tournament in 2011 to 2014.
2015 1-2 .333 Eliminated by College of Charleston in the Tallahassee Regional semi-final.
TOTALS

Auburn's 1st Team All-Americans

Player Position Year(s) Selectors
Larry Nichols Third Base 1962+ ABCA
Q.V. Lowe Pitcher 1967+ ABCA
Gregg Olson Pitcher 1987+, 1988+ ABCA, BA
Frank Thomas First Base 1989+ ABCA, BA
John Powell Pitcher 1993 BA
Jay Waggoner First Base 1994 NCBWA
Mark Bellhorn Shortstop 1995 ABCA
Ryan Halla Pitcher 1995 ABCA, NCBWA
Tim Hudson Pitcher 1997+ ABCA, BA, CB, NCBWA
Todd Faulkner First Base 2000+ ABCA, BA, CB, NCBWA
Gabe Gross Outfield 2000+ ABCA, BA, CB, NCBWA, LS
Steve Register Pitcher 2003 NCBWA
Hunter Morris First Base 2010+ ABCA, BA, & NCBWA
Source:"SEC All-Americas". secsports.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-28. Retrieved . 

ABCA: American Baseball Coaches Association BA: Baseball America CB: Collegiate Baseball NCBWA: National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association LS: Louisville Slugger + Denotes consensus All-American

Player awards

National awards

Pat Duke (1958)

SEC Awards

Tim Hudson (1997)
Hunter Morris (2010)
Hunter Morris (2008)

Coaches awards

SEC Awards

Dell Morgan (1937)
Joe Connally (1958)
Paul Nix (1963, 1967, 1976, 1978)

References

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  5. ^ "AuburnTigers.com - Official Athletics Site of the Auburn Tigers - Baseball". cstv.com. 
  6. ^ "Tom Slater Named Auburn Baseball Coach". cstv.com. 
  7. ^ "John Pawlowski Named Head Baseball Coach At Auburn". cstv.com. 
  8. ^ "Fletcher And Morris Named Freshmen All-Americans By Baseball America". cstv.com. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007.  Official 2007 NCAA Baseball Records Book
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