Auburn garners NCAA regional bid as one of the last in
The Auburn Tigers return to the NCAA baseball regionals this week in Tallahassee, Fla. but apparently only by an eyelash.
Based on the NCAA rankings, the Tigers were one of the final teams to receive an at-large bid. They will face Central Florida in the regional opener on Friday.
“I believe this from my 15 years in the Southeastern Conference, that this was one of the toughest fields to make. There’s no doubt that making this field is special,” stated Auburn coach Butch Thompson.
Auburn is making its 20th appearance in a regional and the first since 2015.
A nation-leading eight Southeastern Conference teams were selected to compete for the 2017 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, Two teams from the SEC – Florida and LSU - were selected as national seeds.
The top eight national seeds are Oregon State, North Carolina, Florida, LSU, Texas Tech, TCU, Louisville and Stanford.
Along with Auburn, SEC schools earning bids include Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. LSU, Kentucky, Arkansas and Florida will serve as regional hosts.
Each regional field features four teams, playing in a double-elimination format. All 16 regionals are scheduled to be played Friday, June 2 to Monday, June 5 (if necessary).
The 71st Men’s College World Series begins play Saturday, June 17, at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Neb.