Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers; what more do I need to say? When these two ancient rivals meet in any sport it’s always must-see-TV, but when they meet in an elimination game in the SEC Tournament that just adds more fuel to the fire.
“Anytime you play your in-state rival it's always going to give you a little extra juice, we got a ton of respect for those guys, those guys have a great ball club”, said Alabama Interim Head Coach Jason Jackson.
“We're just happy that we're probably going to be in and last year wasn't fun not seeing our name on selection day and we're just happy to be where we're at”, said Alabama pitcher Garrett McMillan.
The Crimson Tide got an early spark from outfielder Tommy Seidl, who isn’t just one of the hottest hitters in this SEC Tournament, he’s one of the most dangerous bats in the entire country at the moment.
“That guy brings it in so many other ways that just hitting too, he's like the captain of the team. He's a great leader, nothing is going to hold him back or hold him down, he's just a great guy overall so it's great to have someone like that in your lineup”, said Alabama infielder Drew Williamson.
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As for the Auburn Tigers, Butch Thompson’s bunch won’t hang their heads. They’re keeping their eye on the prize; hosting a regional. When you get the taste of Omaha, anything short of another trip to the College World Series is a disappointment
“We'll pick up the pieces and we will absolutely start sharpening again and get this team ready to play”, said Thompson.
Auburn heads back to the plains and will await their fate, looking to host back-to-back NCAA Regionals. As for the Crimson Tide, their jobs is not yet finished in Hoover. They’ll play in the quarterfinals Friday evening against the loser of the Florida / Vanderbilt game inside the Hoover Met.