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.

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April 23, 2010

Confidence and a Dubious Anniversary


Dear readers,


Wow! What a season it has been so far! At this moment, we are 25-13 with an 8-7 conference record. In the three years I have been a part of the Auburn baseball program, I have never felt more confident in my team. Also, the Auburn family is starting to come out in droves to fill the stadium. We are off to a great start and hopefully there is no end in sight. This weekend we square off with the Kentucky Wildcats, who as always field a very solid club. This will definitely be a tough test for our team, as we enter the second half of SEC play.

Physically, my arm feels like it did before my elbow injury two years ago. Two days ago (April 21) marked the two-year ‘anniversary’ of that injury. I am finally starting to get some command back, which for most people is the last thing to return. I started off pretty well in my first two starts, and then I hit a pretty rough patch against South Carolina and Alabama. I can’t really pinpoint a reason, but hopefully I am over that hump. People I have talked to who have had the surgery, such as Tim Hudson of the Braves and Will Startup (a minor league pitcher who is an awesome guy), have also experienced the same type of situations. It is just an up-and-down process. Patience is a quality I have acquired over the past two years that I hope will help me later in life also.

As we enter the back end of the season, our team is to a point where the only factor that can beat us is ourselves. The pitching has developed very well this season. I was talking to some of my teammates, and we decided that the exciting thing this season is that our pitching can win a game for us now, whereas last year and before that it seemed that we had to rely on our offense. Once again, exciting things are happening on the Plains and I hope that you will enjoy following our team. Thanks for reading, and War Eagle!

Cory Luckie

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