With her Auburn career-low round of four-under-par 68, Yadloczky posted a score that is tied for the second best in school history at an NCAA regional tournament. She is four strokes off the individual lead held by Nina Muehl of East Tennessee State.
Yadloczky, a freshman from Casselberry, Fla., posted one double bogey, two bogeys, six birdies and one eagle during her round on Thursday.
Auburn's 280 total puts the Tigers one stroke ahead of Pepperdine. Two other SEC teams, Tennessee and South Carolina, are tied for third at 283 and are followed by another SEC team, the Florida Gators, who are fifth at 284.
The top eight teams at each of the three NCAA regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships scheduled for May 18-21 in Wilmington, N.C.
Auburn came into the event as the No. 2 seed in the region behind Duke, which shot an opening round team total of 290.
Sophomore Haley Wilson shot a 70 for the Tigers and two other Auburn players finished under par with junior Cydney Clanton and senior Candace Schepperle posting scores of 71. The Tigers did not have to count the 75 shot by sophomore Patricia Sanz.
Auburn coach Kim Evans liked what she saw on Thursday. "We had not been getting off to good starts so it was nice to get a good one today," she said. "It is a three-day tournament, though, and we can still try to improve and get better each day.
"The team knows they can play under par and post a good score as a team," Evans added. "You want your strongest memory to be a good one."