It's tournament time for the winning Auburn softball team
|Auburn Softball: Games No. 56-58 at 2015 SEC Tournament|
|Matchup||No. 6/7 Auburn (46-9, 18-6 SEC) at 2015 SEC Tournament | Game Notes|
|Tournament Cent.||2015 SEC Tournament Central Page | Bracket|
|Dates and Times||Thursday, May 7, 2015 | 10 a.m. vs. #13 Missouri - SEC Network | Live Stats|
|Friday, May 8, 2015 | 6 p.m. (Semifinals) - ESPNU | Live Stats|
|Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 2 p.m. (Final) - ESPN | Live Stats|
|Location||Tiger Park (2,400) | Baton Rouge, La.|
|Tickets||$7 - Public | $5 - Youth | LSUtix.net|
|Broadcasts||TV: SEC Network - Thursday; ESPNU - Friday; ESPNU - Saturday | Radio: None|
|Online||Live Stats| WatchESPN.com | Twitter: @Auburn_Softball|
By Charles Goldberg
They swept through the non-conference schedule. Won almost every series in SEC play.
Now, says Auburn softball coach Clint Myers, the Tigers are ready to embark on Phase Three of the season. Bring coffee and beignets, because Auburn will start that at 10 Thursday morning against Missouri in the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Baton Rouge.
Auburn has been pointing toward postseason play for some time as it streaked to a 46-9 overall record, an 18-6 SEC record and a Top 10 national ranking. Myers said the Tigers will carry the same approach to postseason play, which starts at the SEC Tournament and will continue in the NCAAs.
"We're going to go out and play the same softball game we've been playing all year long," he said.
Auburn finished second in the SEC regular-season standings, a half-game behind Florida, and its No. 2 seeding in the tournament is the best in school history. The Tigers received a bye to Thursday's game. Missouri beat Mississippi State 9-0 Wednesday to make it to Round 2. The championship game for the single-elimination tournament is 7 Saturday night.
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Myers, from the beginning, made no secret that he had mapped out a plan to make it to the NCAAs. He said his players are ready.
"I think so because this is the start of the final third of the season we talk about," he said.
Auburn figures to host an NCAA Regional next week, and perhaps a Super Regional after that. Myers said the Tigers won't be looking past the SEC Tournament.
"We're still trying to figure some things out, to understand this is the first phase of postseason," he said. "It's going to be fun."
Myers said his team should be ready after winning seven of eight SEC series, which he calls "Super Regional-type things." Auburn beat Missouri two out of three games in Columbia March 27-29. Thursday's rematch will be on the SEC Network.
Auburn arrives for the tournament with honors. Myers was named the SEC coach of the year, Emily Carosone and Kasey Cooper were named first-team All-SEC and Tiffany Howard and Jade Rhodes were named to the second team.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine