Auburn, Ala.--Heading into the final week of the regular season the Auburn softball team has maintained its high national ranking for RPI (Ratings Performance Index), a major factor for determining the seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
After taking a three-game series at home vs. struggling Arkansas, each run-rule victories, the Tigers are rated No. 3 in the country behind two other SEC teams, No. 1 Florida and Auburn’s opponent this weekend, LSU.
Florida, the defending national champion, has a half-game advantage over Auburn in the SEC standings as the Gators take their 16-4 league mark to play at Missouri this weekend.
Auburn is 16-5 in the league while LSU is tied for third place with Alabama at 14-7.
Two other SEC teams are in the Top 10 for RPI with Alabama at sixth and Missouri at eighth. Tennessee is 11th, Georgia is 15th and Kentucky is 22nd, which should make for a challenging field at the conference tournament that will be played next week at LSU.
Auburn is 44-8 overall, but Coach Clint Myers said the Tigers need to be focused on continuing to improve as they transition into postseason play after facing a talented LSU team this weekend that has only lost one home game this season.
“This team has the capability easily to get to Oklahoma City (site of the College World Series), but we have to continue to grow and get better, and take care of business,” Myers says of his second Auburn squad. “We have to do the little things better.”
Last year the Tigers’ season ended in the finals of the NCAA Regional Tournament played in Minneapolis. This year Auburn is in good shape to be a host site for a regional and with a solid finish the Tigers could also be a host site for a super regional if they win their regional..
Players on the 2015 team have made it clear their goal is to be the first Auburn team to qualify for the College World Series.
Coach Clint Myers came to Auburn for the 2014 season from Arizona State.
“Getting to Oklahoma City and having a chance to play for a national title, that is going to be huge--it is going to happen here at Auburn,” Myers predicts. “We are not afraid to talk about it, but I tell the girls it is getting close to the time we stop talking and start acting. Now it is going out and performing and doing the things we are capable of doing so it does happen.”