HOOVER, Ala. — No. 7 seed Auburn squeezed out a narrow 4-3 win over No. 10 seed Kentucky in the first game of the 2018 SEC Baseball tournament on Tuesday. Box Score | Watch Replay
The decisive run for the Tigers (38-19) came from Freshman designated hitter Edouard Julien’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th here at Hoover Met Stadium.
“Coach Gross told me to focus on this at-bat and forget everything that’s happened,” Julien said. “I just wanted to put the ball in play, anything that could’ve helped the team win.
“I’m glad I was able to do that. I have no words for it. It’s unbelievable right now.
“It’s probably the biggest hit I’ve had in my life and I’m happy I did it for the team.”
It was the first time since 1999 Auburn was registering a walk-off win in the SEC baseball tournament.
“We hadn’t had one like this in a while,” said assistant coach Gabe Gross. “It’s so good for our guys to be locked into a struggle with another team and swap blows.
“Then (Edouard), he’s struggled a little bit against left-handed pitching this year, but came through in a big way.”
The defeat today, meanwhile, saw Kentucky (34-22) getting eliminated from the SEC baseball tournament on opening day for the fourth time in the last six years.
Auburn has advanced to the next stage to play No. 2 seed Ole Miss in the second game of the double-elimination round on Wednesday.
This game is scheduled to go off at 2:00 pm ET on SEC Network.