Monday Auburn Baseball/Softball Diamond Notes

Auburn earned a national seed in softball while baseball was swept by Alabama at home last weekend, making for a huge three-game series this weekend at Florida.

Excitement At Jane B. Moore Field

There is already an air of excitement surrounding Auburn softball after the Tigers won their first SEC Tournament Championship, but things should only ramp up this weekend when Coach Clint Myers’ team takes the field in a regional setting against the trio of Tennessee Tech, Chattanooga and South Alabama.

If the viewing party on Sunday night is any indication the crowds should be very good as the Tigers try to advance to a Super Regional, which would also be in Auburn should the Tigers advance. With a great chance to advance all the way to the NCAA College World Series this year for the first time in school history, the Auburn program is riding high and we may just be seeing the start of something very special.

Talking with several Auburn players it's very obvious that they respect and love Myers, and that shows on the field. Bringing a reputation as a winner with him to the Plains, Myers has demanded a lot from his players and they have responded with two very good seasons in his first two years.

The second one isn't close to be done yet, however, as this team has a chance to make a run all the way to Oklahoma city, a place Myers has a map of success for how to get to. That's something he has shared with the Tigers and now it's time to see if they can take the wheel and make the journey themselves. Auburn fans have noticed. The crowd support has been very good at Jane B. Moore Field, where the tickets sold out less than 24 hours after the regional pairings were announced.

Lost Baseball Weekend

With everything in front of them the Auburn Tigers fell flat in a series sweep at the hands of Alabama, putting the Tigers’ chances for earning an NCAA Tournament berth in serious jeopardy. Needing at least one win at Florida in the last SEC regular season series to get into the discussion for an at-large spot, the Tigers likely need a pair of victories to get to 14 if they want to secure a spot without making a deep run in the SEC Tournament.

To turn things around against the Gators it will be up to the offense to find a way to be more productive. In the sweep the Tigers were 24-101 (.237) with 24 runners left on base in the three games. The biggest part of that came with runners in scoring position as Auburn was just 7-28 (.250) in those situations, a killer in a series where the Tigers had plenty of opportunities to get a pair of wins. Instead the three losses make for a must-win series in Gainesville against a Florida team coming off a series win at Vanderbilt.

The weekend wasn’t a total loss for Auburn, however, as the Tigers wrapped up a berth in the SEC Tournament despite losing all three games against Alabama. With Tennessee and Mississippi State both holding at eight wins and only three games left in the regular season neither can catch Auburn, meaning the Tigers have a spot locked in for Hoover. The top 12 teams advance to Hoover with the top four overall seeds having a bye on Tuesday.

SEC Standings
LSU 43-8 19-7
Vanderbilt 36-16 18-9
Texas A&M 42-9 17-9
Florida 38-14 17-10
Arkansas 30-19 15-11
Ole Miss 28-24 14-13
Missouri 28-24 14-13
Kentucky 27-23 12-14
Auburn 32-20 12-15
South Carolina 30-22 12-15
Alabama 28-24 11-16
Georgia 24-26 9-17
Tennessee 20-25 8-18
Mississippi State 24-27 8-19

Week 10 Schedule
Auburn at Florida
Arkansas at Georgia
Mississippi State at Tennessee
Kentucky at Missouri
Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Vanderbilt at Alabama
LSU at South Carolina

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