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Auburn looks to add to resume at SEC baseball tourney

 2015 Auburn Baseball - Game 57
 Matchup  Auburn Tigers (34-22) vs. Kentucky Wildcats (30-24)
 Schedule  Tuesday, May 19 - 4:30 p.m. | Live Stats | SECN
 Location  Hoover Met | Seating Chart | Parking
 Tickets  Buy Tickets Online | Auburn Baseball Ticket Information
 Radio   94.3 FM WGZZ (Rod Bramblett, Andy Burcham)
 Online  Auburn Game Notes | Live Audio | Twitter: @Auburn_Baseball
 Probable Starting Pitchers
 Tuesday  RHP Cole Lipscomb (7-2, 2.38) vs. RHP Zack Brown (6-5, 3.31)

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. - It's time for post-season baseball for Auburn, and that means coach Sunny Golloway is thinking about playing in this week's Southeastern Conference Tournament.

And beyond.

Auburn plays Kentucky at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hoover Met in the first-day, single-elimination phase of the tournament. Golloway made a case for Auburn playing in the NCAA Tournament as well during an SEC teleconference Tuesday.

His first witness? Auburn's RPI, which is 23 nationally. Auburn's 34-22 overall record against tough competition stands out as well, he said.

"Our body of work has been strong. Our players have done a tremendous job of staying mentally tough all year long," Golloway said.

He hopes the NCAA has taken notice.

"The first thing the committee looks at is your overall record. We're good there with 34 wins. Then they'll look at your RPI. We're very good there," Golloway said. "Then they look at strength of schedule. We're No. 2. And then they look at your non-conference RPI, and I believe we're at 19. We're strong in all our metrics all the way across the board."

Auburn went 1-2 in its final regular-season weekend at Florida over the weekend, and was competitive in all three games.

"I thought we played really good baseball this past weekend," Golloway said. He called it a "little bit of a confidence boost for our guys" in a "glass half-full" kind of way.

Auburn started ace Keegan Thompson in the second game in just his second appearance in five weeks. Thompson, who has been dealing with an elbow issue, lasted two innings. He's questionable for the SEC Tournament, and now plans to visit Dr. James Andrews again to see where he stands.

"What Keegan wants to do is help us," Golloway said. "The bottom line, he has to get in there and get it fixed. What exactly that means, it'll be smarter people than me to take care of it. 

"The family, the doctors, the coaching staff will try to do what is in best interest of Keegan Thompson."

Auburn and Kentucky followed a similar path to the SEC Tournament. Auburn had a 13-17 conference record to go along with that 34-22 overall mark. Kentucky is 30-24 overall and finished with a 14-15 conference record.

Here's your SEC Tournament bracket.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine



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