Tigers Headed To Tuscaloosa For Baseball Regional

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers will have a short trip to the NCAA Baseball Regional as they head to Tuscaloosa as a No. 2 seed to face Florida Atlantic on Friday.

Game time is scheduled 1:30 p.m. and ticket books are $65 for lower level chairback sets, $55 for uipper level grandstand seats and $50 for left field reserved bleacher seats. If available, individual tickets will be sold on Friday. Tickets can be ordered by calling (205) 348-2262 or they can be bought on campus in Tuscaloosa at the University of Alabama ticket office.

Alabama (48-13) is the No. 1 seed in the four-team regional and will open vs. fourth seed Southeast Missouri (36-18) in the double elimination format that runs Friday through Sunday. That game will be played at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The Tide defeated the Tigers in a three-game series during the regular season at Sewell-Thomas Field with comeback victories in the first two games.

Bama comes in to NCAA regional tournament action playing good baseball after defeating the league's regular season champion South Carolina to win the SEC Baseball Tournament title on Sunday.

The Tigers are going to the regionals for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons. They will face a Florida Atlantic team that has a 43-18 record and is the third seed out of the TAAC. The Owls won 27 straight games during the middle portion of their schedule. For the sixth straight season, Auburn is a No. 2 seed in an NCAA regional.

Auburn is 34-24 this season and has dropped its last three games losing in the regular season finale at Arkansas and then falling to 2-1 vs. LSU and 8-5 to Arkansas in the SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover. Seven of the eight teams in the SEC Tournament made the 64-team field with Mississippi State being the team staying home.

Last year, Coach Steve Renfroe's Tigers were the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional that was won by host FSU. The Tigers were 35-19 going into that tournament where they defeated Jacksonville University twice and lost to FSU twice.

The losers of the Friday games will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday in an elimination game. Then at 3 p.m. the Friday winners meet. At 7 p.m., the winner of the 11 a.m. game will play the loser of the 3 p.m. game with the loser of that being eliminated from the tournament.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., the team that is 2-0 faces the winner of the Saturday night game. If the unbeaten team wins again, it is the regional champion. If the team with one loss wins, a second game will be played 45 minutes after the first one to decided the regional champ.

The winner of the Tuscaloosa regional will play the winner Atlanta regional, which features Georgia Tech, Georgia, Louisiville and Coastal Carolina in the Super Regional June 7-9. The sites for those games will be announced on Monday, June 3rd.

Bobby Huddleston

The Tigers, who finished third in the SEC West and fifth overall in the conference with a 15-15 regular season mark this season, are led by a pair of second team All-SEC picks--junior designated hitter Bobby Huddleston and senior catcher Trent Pratt.

In addition to Alabama, LSU, South Carolina and Florida are No. 1 seeds out of the Southeastern Conference. Joining Auburn as a No. 2 seed are the Georgia Bulldogs. Arkansas is a third seed.

Nationally, FSU (56-12) is the No. 1 seed followed by Clemson (47-14), Alabama (48-13), Rice (47-11), Texas (48-14), South Carolina (48-14), Wake Forest (48-11-1) and Stanford (40-16).

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