For the most part, Auburn's pitchers did a good job on Sunday. Eight College of Charleston batters combined for one hit, one walk and eight strikeouts. Unfortunately, the other batter was Nick Pappas, who hit two home runs that accounted for all three runs in the Cougars' 3-2 win against Auburn.
With the loss, Auburn became the second SEC team eliminated from the NCAA baseball tournament, after Ole Miss. Five teams are still in the running for the College World Series, and a couple have already punched their tickets to the Super Regionals.
Regardless of the outcome in the tournament, though, Sunny Golloway's program in Auburn made strides this year. It was the first time the Tigers got to the NCAA playoff in five years, and Auburn ended six games ahead of last year's teams in both the win and loss column overall, while gaining three games in SEC play. The season ended Sunday night, but all indications are that the rebuilding project goes on.