Cory Luckie is a redshirt sophomore from Prattville, Ala. The left-handed pitcher posted a 4-4 record with a 4.38 ERA in 15 games in 2008 as a freshman. Luckie started 14 contests and was second on the staff with 63.2 innings pitched.  He suffered an arm injury in late April that ended his rookie season. Luckie missed the entire 2009 campaign following surgery. He is majoring in Biomedical Sciences with plans on attending medical school. Luckie will provide a look inside Tigers baseball and into the weekly battles in the SEC.


Feb. 1, 2010

A Fresh Start


Dear readers,


I would first like to introduce myself before I delve into the things that are happening on The Plains.  My name is Cory Luckie and I am a redshirt sophomore, left-handed pitcher at Auburn University.  I am from a growing town right outside of Montgomery, Ala., called Prattville. 


I have recently switched from Chemical Engineering to Biomedical Sciences, and I plan on attending medical school and pursuing a career as either an orthopedic surgeon or a dermatologist.  Because of this switch, I now feel like I am on a definitive track to the rest of my life.  Lastly, I am also on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee here at Auburn.


As of right now, I am 16 months out from a successful elbow reconstruction surgery that occurred my freshman year.  On April 26, 2008, I tore my ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) while starting against Alabama.  After a few months of trying to rehab my arm, the doctors decided that Tommy John surgery was the best route to recovery. 


Although going from starting on Saturdays to watching from the stands was tough at times, I truly believe that I improved because of the things I learned just watching from the outside.  This was an opportunity to get the best out of a situation and realize that it happened for a reason.  Now my arm feels great, and I am more than ready to fill any role that my team needs for this 2010 campaign.


Now on to how the 2010 season will shake out. 


Our program has been missing from postseason play for some while now, and we are looking to change our fortune this year.  Almost our entire offense returns from last year, so our run production should not drop off.  The encouraging thing, though, is the depth we have added to the pitching staff.  We have gained a few very valuable junior college pitchers who will contribute right away, and our returning pitchers will provide much needed experience.  We have many guys who have had starting experience, and our bullpen has been revamped with fresh arms and experienced veterans. 


The 2010 campaign looks to be special, with the culture around Auburn definitely taking a change for the good.  Thanks for reading, and War Eagle!


Cory Luckie

(photos courtesy of Auburn Media Relations Office)