Will Holland and Edouard Julien celebrate after scoring on Rankin Woley's three-run double (Aaron Fitt)

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Resilient Auburn Shows Off Big Heart Yet Again

Postseason

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The foundation was laid a year ago in Gainesville.

In June of 2018, Auburn was one win away from its first trip to Omaha since 1997, and locked in a 2-2 tie with Florida in the 11th inning. Freshman stopper Cody Greenhill was on the mound, and Florida’s Austin Langworthy hit a drive to right field. Auburn freshman Steven Williams leapt, got a piece of the ball — and watched it ricochet over the fence for a walk-off home run, sending the Gators to the College World Series and sending the Tigers home.

It was a heartbreaking experience for Greenhill, Williams and the Tigers. But it was also a formative experience.

The ultra-talented Williams struggled through a trying sophomore year this spring, but when he got his chance to make a difference in the postseason, he was ready, and he has delivered — repeatedly.

Williams provided one of the most indelible moments of the 2019 postseason so far when he cranked a walk-off three-run homer against Georgia Tech last Saturday. He blasted his third homer of the postseason this Saturday against North Carolina, a two-run shot in the fifth inning that put the Tigers on the board and helped spark them to a come-from-behind 11-7 victory in Game One of the Chapel Hill Super Regional. …


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