Takeaways: Auburn baseball falls 19-5 to No. 4 Tennessee in game three

In the rubber match of the series, Auburn took another loss to Tennessee. What are the biggest things to take away from the final game of the series.
AUBURN, AL - APRIL 06 - Auburn Outfielder Mason Maners (21) during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the #4 Tennessee Volunteers at Plainsman Park in Auburn, AL on Saturday, April 6, 2024.
AUBURN, AL - APRIL 06 - Auburn Outfielder Mason Maners (21) during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the #4 Tennessee Volunteers at Plainsman Park in Auburn, AL on Saturday, April 6, 2024. / Photo by Zach Bland/Auburn Tigers

The Auburn Tigers dropped the the final game and the series against the No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers, losing 19-5 in a run-rule.

Auburn got on the board first, but a seven-spot from the Volunteers in the top of the second inning put them in the driver's seat and they never gave it up.

What are the main things to take away from the game?

Cooper Weiss was the only Auburn player to have a solid day at the plate

Auburn's senior shortstop was one of two Tigers to have multiple hits.

Weiss went 2-4 and scored one run. The Tigers' only home run of the day belonged to first baseman Cooper McMurray.

Tennessee is a tough team to beat and doing so takes a full team effort. Auburn was only able to do that on Friday night, resulting in that being the only game of the series the Tigers were able to win.

Rotation concerns persist

Will Cannon got the start for the Tigers in game three which was his first of the season. He got off to a solid start, sitting the Volunteers down in order in the top of the first inning, but things quickly spiraled out of control.

Cannon allowed six runs off of three hits in 1.1 innings of work. He walked two batters and hit one with a pitch while striking out only one.

Auburn head coach Butch Thompson and company have tried to solidify the rotation in multiple ways, but noting has stuck as of yet.

Cal Stark had a day for the Volunteers

Tennessee's senior catcher had a day to remember in the final game of the series.

Stark went 3-3 with seven RBI and two home runs. He scored a total of four times.

None of Auburn's pitchers had an answer for Stark and he made sure they knew it.

Auburn is now 18-13 on the season and 2-10 in conference play.

What's Next?

The Tigers take on the Alabama State Hornets at home on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. CT. The television broadcast can be found on SEC Network and the Auburn Sports Network broadcast can be heard locally on Wings 94.3 FM or streamed anywhere on the Auburn Athletics app.


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Daniel Locke

DANIEL LOCKE

Daniel is a staff writer for four Sports Illustrated/FanNation sites: Auburn Daily, Braves Today, Inside the Marlins and Wildcats Today. Additionally, he serves as the Auburn Athletics beat reporter for 1819 News. He is a junior at Auburn University majoring in journalism.