Tigers Waiting On Host Site Announcements

Auburn is done playing in the SEC Tournament following a loss to Ole Miss and now awaits word from the NCAA about a possible regional host site at Plainsman Park.

Hoover, Ala.--Friday night the Auburn Tigers were eliminated from the SEC Tournament at Regions Park after compiling a 40-19 record and winning the SEC Western Division title. Now coach John Pawlowski's club waits on whether or not the Tigers will be a host site for the NCAA Baseball Tournament that begins next Friday. Those announcements are expected sometime Sunday afternoon.

All signs point towards Sunday being a day of good news for Auburn based on the credentials the Tigers have this season. In addition to winning 40 games for the first time since 2003 for an Auburn team, the last time Auburn hosted a regional, the Tigers are also ranked in the Top 15 every RPI from across the country. Those things alone should put Auburn in good shape.

"When I look at it and I look at our full body of work and I see all the data is in, winning the West and 40 wins and the RPI the decision is in the committee's hands but I think we've done an awful lot," Pawlowski said. "I think we certainly deserve one, but you never know what the committee is going to do."

Some good news for Auburn is that next week should bring the return of center fielder Trent Mummey and left fielder Brian Fletcher back to the Tigers' lineup. Held out of Friday's loss to Ole Miss because of a bruised hand (Fletcher) and minor hamstring strain (Mummey) the duo that combined for 35 home runs this season should bring pop and a calming influence back to the Tigers next weekend.

"When we went to take batting practice today Fletcher said it just wasn't ready to go," Pawlowski said. "I told him that was fine and if we won today we would evaluate it tomorrow. Now he's got some time off. Trent said he was ready if we needed him to pinch hit, but we had to be very careful. He just couldn't run 100 percent so we decided to pinch hit him. Hopefully those guys will be ready to go next week and both of them healthy and back in the lineup."

Auburn's last appearance in the NCAA Tournament came following the 2005 season when the Tigers played in the Tallahassee Regional at Florida State. In 2003 Auburn hosted a regional that was eventually won by Ohio State. In Auburn's only other regional host the Tigers defeated Tulane to win the 1999 Auburn Regional before falling to Florida State in Tallahassee in a Super Regional.

The full 64-team field for the NCAA Baseball Tournament will be announced on Monday at 11:30 a.m. and can be seen on ESPN.


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