Auburn, Ala.--It has been a big week for Auburn senior second baseman Justin Hargett. Last weekend as the Tigers defeated Georgia two out of three, the Hartselle native collected three singles to give him 180 for his career and move into the Top 10 in Auburn history in that department. On Monday he walked across the stage as an Auburn graduate to make it an almost perfect week.
The only thing left that would finish it off in style is to take the series against rival Alabama this weekend at Plainsman Park. With the Crimson Tide squarely in his sights Hargett said putting his name in the Auburn record book is something he takes great pride in.
“It’s an honor,” Hargett said. “I didn’t even know about the singles list until the night before. It’s an honor just to be mentioned with some of those guys. It’s an exciting time right now. I just look forward to finishing the season out and hopefully we can finish strong. I want to make my last Auburn days something to remember.”
Hargett congratulated by Ty Megahee following his record-setting single against Georgia.
Earning his degree in exercise science, Hargett said that while the rewards on the field are great he never knew how excited he would be to earn that piece of paper until he actually walked across the stage at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
“It’s a great honor,” Hargett said. “I didn’t realize how rewarding it would be to get a diploma from Auburn, but when I got it I was real excited. It’s something I have been looking forward to for a long time. I’ve worked hard and I’m glad I got it. Now it’s time to move forward and see what else is next.”
In addition to his singles accomplishment, Hargett now has 70 multi-hit games for his career. That is seven away from breaking into the Top 10 where Dominic Rich stands at 77 for his career.
He’s hoping to move closer to that total this weekend against Alabama in a series that is huge for both teams. They are currently separated by only a game in the Western Division with the Crimson Tide tied with Arkansas at 12-12. Auburn is tied with Mississippi State and Ole Miss one game back, making it five teams within a game of first place.
Preparing to play his final series at Plainsman Park and likely his final games at home, Hargett said it’s going to be fun but also tough when he walks off the field for the last time in front of the home fans. He just wants it to be as a winner.
“It’s bittersweet,” Hargett said. “I’m looking forward to it. I hate it’s my last time playing them. I don’t want baseball to end here at Auburn. I have loved my time here. We’re focused on wins right now and we really need to get some wins against them. It’s a big weekend for us. I just hope I can do something to help my team win this weekend.”
Auburn will face Alabama in a three-game series this weekend. The Friday night game was postponed by rain and the teams will play a doubleheader on noon Saturday and again at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The first Saturday game can be seen on CSS.
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