Baseball Magic Number One; Softball In NCAA

The baseball Tigers have set themselves up for reaching postseason play with two victories over Georgia. The women's softball found out Sunday that it has earned a bid to an NCAA regional.

Auburn, Ala.--With just one weekend series remaining in SEC play, the Auburn Tigers find themselves just one game out of a spot in the SEC Baseball Tournament, which takes play May 22-26 at the Hoover Met.

It's not often that Auburn fans are glad to see Alabama thrive, but that was just the case this weekend as a sweep by the Crimson Tide over the Mississippi State Bulldogs has put the Tigers in great position heading into this weekend's series against the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville.

Making the series tougher than normal will be an Arkansas team fighting for its postseason life thanks to a weekend sweep by the Hogs over the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford. Trailing Auburn by a game and a half and with a half-game lead over Mississippi State, the Hogs will be a tough team to beat for Auburn to close out the regular season.

"One win and we're in," Auburn coach Steve Renfroe said following Sunday's dramatic 8-7 win over the Georgia Bulldogs to clinch the series win. "That's the biggest thing. We're within one win of being in the tournament. Our magic number is one. That's huge. It isn't going to be any easy task. Playing on Astrotuf and obviously what they did to Ole Miss, my goodness. We're in the driver's seat with our destiny. It's up to us. I've seen them respond, they've had to battle six straight games and found a way to win five of them."

The following are the current standings in the SEC after this weekend's play:

Western Division

Alabama 43-9, 20-7
LSU 37-17, 16-10
Ole Miss 35-16, 14-13
Auburn 32-20, 14-13
Arkansas 28-21, 11-13
Miss. State 28-22-1, 11-15

Eastern Division

South Carolina 39-12, 18-8
Florida 37-15, 17-10
Georgia 30-21, 15-12
Tennessee 25-27, 10-17
Vanderbilt 22-25, 6-19
Kentucky 17-32, 6-21

Friday's Games

Auburn 10, Georgia 9
LSU 5, Florida 4 (10 innings)
South Carolina 10, Tennessee 6
Vanderbilt 3, Kentucky 1
Arkansas 5, Ole Miss 4
Alabama 9, Miss. State 5

Saturday's Games

Georgia 10, Auburn 9
Florida 6, LSU 3
Tennessee 8, South Carolina 7
Kentucky 19, Vanderbilt 7
Arkansas 11, Ole Miss 5
Alabama 9, Miss. State 7

Sunday's Games

Auburn 8, Georgia 7 (11 innings)
LSU 8, Florida 5
South Carolina 5, Tennessee 3
Vanderbilt 17, Kentucky 4
Arkansas 10, Ole Miss 8
Alabama 11, Miss. State 4

This Weekend's Series

Auburn at Arkansas
Alabama at LSU
Ole Miss at Miss. State
South Carolina at Georgia
Florida at Kentucky
Vanderbilt at Tennessee

Auburn found out Sunday night that it will be in the NCAA Women's Softball Tournament for the first time. The Tigers, 38-25, will play host FSU on Thursday in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles defeated AU 5-4 earlier this season in Tallahassee.

The Tigers are the fourth seed in the six-team regional. FSU, 49-17, is the third seed. Florida Atlantic (59-11) is the top seed and Alabama (46-19), a team Auburn has beaten in three of four meetings this year, is the second seed. Georgia Tech (47-16) is the fifth seed and UT-Chattanooga (40-13) is the sixth seed.

The Tigers are 1-1 vs. Georgia Tech, 0-1 vs. FSU and 0-1 vs. Florida Atlantic. A total of 48 teams received bids to the eight regionals.

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