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'It's time': Brendan's blast sparks series win for Auburn baseball after Pearl pep talk

By Jeff Shearer

AUBURN, Ala. - On the 3-mile drive to Plainsman Park Sunday, Auburn baseball coach Butch Thompson realized the magnitude of the game that would follow.

"I woke up and I got in the car and said, `This is a big one,'" Thompson said. "'This is a big one for our program. This is a big one for this team moving forward this year.'"

Trailing 4-0 in the sixth, Auburn erupted for seven runs, giving the Tigers a 7-5 series-clinching win over Mississippi State.

"Sometimes in this league, it doesn't have to be pretty.