The Tigers' two-day score of 610 puts them two strokes behind Purdue and Oregon, who are tied for fourth. Southern Cal has a commanding lead with a two-day total of 588, while Vanderbilt is second at 600 and Virginia is third at 604.
The top eight teams of the 24 competing in the regional tournament advance to the NCAA Championships at The Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. that will be played May 22-25.
"We lost a few shots out there today, it is a tough golf course and it was playing especially tough today," said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. "Everyone lost a shot or two here or there and it added up on us. We had a great first nine holes, made the turn and had a couple hiccups.
"I saw a lot more good things than bad out there today," added the head coach. "We are just going to build on that and try to get after it tomorrow."
The Tigers teed off for second-round play on the more difficult back nine, but struggled on the easier front nine.
Marta Sanz shot one-under on the back nine with pars on every hole except the 13th where she scored a birdie. The sophomore hit her first bogey of the round on the first hole after the turn and then carded a triple-bogey on the par-five fourth hole and a bogey on the fifth. She finished the day with a four-over-par 76.
Carlie Yadloczky also found success on the back nine, improving her nine-hole score from four-over in the opening round to even par on Friday with two birdies offsetting two bogeys. The junior ran into trouble after the turn on the six and seventh holes, where she carded a double-bogey and bogey, respectively, to finish with a three-over 75 for the second round.
Senior Patricia Sanz struggled on the back nine on Friday, shooting 4-over. She settled down after the turn with only one bogey on the front nine to card a 77 for the round.
Victoria Trapani shot one-over on the back nine, and continued her solid play after the turn with only two bogies on the front. The freshman finished the day with a four-over score of 76.
After shooting 11-over on Thursday, Haley Wilson's struggles continued in the second round. The senior shot a quadruple-bogey on the 11th hole and finished the back nine six-over. She settled down somewhat on the front nine to finish with a seven-over 79 for the afternoon.
"They just have to keep their game plan and play," said Evans. "Get in the process and not worry about the distractions on the outside. They need to use their inner strength, they have it, and they are ready for this."
Auburn will tee off on the tenth hole from 8:06 - 8:50 a.m. CST. The Tigers will be playing alongside Purdue and Oregon in the third round.