He didn't see the Auburn baseball team that got down 10-1 and looked lifeless, he saw the group that fought back to get within striking distance in the ninth inning before leaving the bases loaded in a 10-6 loss.
When the team got together following the loss nobody really knew what to say and that's when Logan stepped up. Even though the 2014 Tigers have plenty of solid leaders from its deep senior class, Logan chose to stand up and in the process may have turned Auburn's season around.
"I felt like it was the right time for somebody to say something," Logan said. "It was just us players in there and it was really quiet. I was sitting there and thought ,‘I probably need to say something.' I just stood up and told them I had something to say, and they all listened to me.
"It was right after we got beat 10-6 Friday night," he added. "I said that we did a great job of fighting and coming back, and that we had more fire about us that last inning. I said that we needed to come out Saturday with that fire from the beginning. They took to it and they didn't just push me to the side because I am a freshman. They listened and this is a special team in there."
Strengthened by Logan's words and his message, Auburn responded with a 3-0 win on Saturday behind the pitching of freshman Keegan Thompson. Sunday it was time for the offense to carry the load as the Tigers pounded out 14 hits on the way to a 12-5 victory and the series win over the Blue Hose.
Responding from the disappointment of Friday night and losing three teammates earlier in the week, Auburn finished off a 3-1 week in style with the win on Sunday. Getting the win in the final game of the series after coming on in relief for the Tigers, Jay Wade has been around the program for four years and has been through plenty of ups and downs. He said what Logan did Friday night is special and could be just what the doctor ordered for this team.
"I'm getting chills now talking about it," Wade said. "Everybody was like ‘oh wow.' He's an excellent kid. I couldn't make one better myself. He shocked a lot of people with what he said and the way he said it. He's definitely wise beyond his years. It was one of those things where a guy stands up and says something like that, it just gets you going."
Hitting .333 early in his first season out of Muscle Shoals, Logan is sharing time with senior Blake Austin behind the plate and has three starts under his belt. Expected to continue to play a part for the Tigers throughout the 2014 season, Logan may come up with some big hits and throws moving forward but he may have already made the biggest impact by speaking out said Wade.
"That means a lot to me," Logan said. "I didn't know they took it like that, but me hearing that now it's special. They don't look at your age, they look at the kind of person and teammate you are. That means a lot to me."
Auburn starts out the week with the annual trip to Montgomery on Tuesday night to face Alabama in the Capital City Classic in Montgomery. Alabama is 5-5 on the season after dropping two of three on the road at No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette over the weekend. It will be the first opportunity for Sunny Golloway to face Alabama and he said he's excited to see his team against a quality opponent as the Tigers get ready for SEC play.
"We're excited and I think it's going to be good," Golloway said. "In the past we have always had marquee games early that prepare you for conference but also prepare you for down the road. I think we're going to have that kind of crowd and electricity. It's going to be a great learning experience for our young club."
Michael O'Neal struggled out of the bullpen on Sunday against Presbyterian and it won't be surprising to see him back in the starting rotation next weekend as the Tigers take on the Mercer Bears in a three-game series at Plainsman Park. Tuesday night it will be Justin Camp on the mound for the Tigers against the Crimson Tide and it could be an audition for a weekend spot for him as well. With Dillon Ortman struggling in a Friday night loss, a good performance by Camp could mean a bigger role moving forward.
Senior third baseman Damek Tomscha has been hot at the place recently, improving his batting average to a team-high .370 with 10 RBI. While he will continue to get a chance to swing the bat, freshman Connor Short's emergence at third base has allowed the coaching staff to experiment with Tomscha on the mound and so far the results have been positive. A very hard thrower with good breaking stuff, Tomscha could get a look in a game situation sooner rather than later.
As for Short, the former Hoover quarterback is going to be tough to take out of the lineup after playing well over the weekend. Hitting .667 for the season, the high school shortstop saw some time at catcher in the fall and is still getting adjusted to life on the hot corner, but so far the future looks bright.