Baseball's Kyler Deese, left, celebrates; as do softball's Branndi Melero and Tiffany Howard
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn baseball and softball teams are looking to bigger things after completing sweeps of Southeastern Conference opponents over the weekend.
Jinx to talk about it? No. Softball coach Clint Myers says it's OK to thing big, and baseball coach Sunny Golloway says his team has won confidence as well as games heading into the final stages of the regular season.
Auburn softball swept Arkansas to improve to 44-8 overall and 16-5 in the SEC while solidifying its Top 10 ranking. Auburn baseball swept Georgia to improve to 29-16 overall 10-11 in the SEC while solidifying its opportunity to make the SEC Tournament and think NCAA regionals with an RPI as high as 19th nationally. It was baseball's first SEC sweep in three seasons. The Tigers are 9-6 in league play since starting 1-5 against Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
Auburn softball can win its first SEC regular-season title this weekend at LSU if it jumps Florida, which leads the Tigers by a half-game. Auburn will stay in Baton Rouge the weekend series for next week's league tournament.
Myers said the weekend trip to LSU could set "the tone for the post season" and called it "a nice warmups for the playoffs." Auburn hopes to play host to an NCAA Regional, and a Super Regional, too.
First up is a chance to win the SEC regular-season title.
"If we go down and do what we're capable of doing at LSU, I think that's a possibility," Myers said. "We've just got to go out and play our softball. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it's the SEC Tournament and, most importantly, it's getting to Oklahoma City and getting a chance to play for the national title. That's going to be huge. That's going to happen here at Auburn. We're not afraid to talk about it. I tell the girls, it's getting close to the time we stop talking and start acting."
Baseball has three regular-season series remaining: at South Carolina this weekend, at home against Alabama May 8-10, then at Florida May 14-16. Next on the schedule would be the SEC Tournament in Hoover, and, the Tigers hope, NCAA play after that.
Golloway reserved judgment on what Auburn's sweep of Georgia, culminated with a 4-1 victory on Saturday, means for post season.
"I'll probably be able to answer that a lot better down the road, but, right now, what does it mean, confidence more than anything," he said. "I see our guys playing with tremendous confidence. They're having a lot of fun. They like being around each other. They care about one another."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine