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Columbus native O'Neal pitching Auburn to postseason

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AUBURN, Ala. -

For Michael O'Neal, the 2013 baseball season has been a dream come true.

The Columbus native and former Pacelli and Chattahoochee Valley star has emerged as one of the most reliable members of the Auburn pitching staff in his first year on the plains, leading the staff in wins with eight and holding opposing hitters to just a .228 average.

"It's been fun," O'Neal said. "I've always dreamed of coming to Auburn and pitching here. It's basically like I'm in a dream right now, pitching, 8-3, for the college I've always wanted to go to."

O'Neal credits his time as a Viking and a Pirate for getting him ready for the SEC. He calls CVCC head coach Adam Thomas "the best coach I've ever played for," and credits him with teaching him how to pitch.

"I talk to Coach Thomas about every other week," O'Neal said. "Usually, he'll text me after my start and tell me how I did and what I could have done better and stuff like that."

O'Neal's name is all over the CVCC record books. He is the all-time leader in career starts and innings pitched, and is third all-time in complete games.

He figures to pitch in game two of Auburn's regular-season-ending series with Arkansas on Friday.

Jonathan Huskey

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