Auburn watches, celebrates its place in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn softball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament as the nation's No. 4 seed.
The NCAA Selection Committee said the Tigers were one of the nation's top four seeds Sunday, a coveted position because Auburn will not only play host to an NCAA Regional later this week, but, it if wins, will host a Super Regional the following week.
The NCAA announced South Alabama, Chattanooga and Tennessee Tech will play in the Auburn regional this week. The Tigers will open regional play against Tennesee Tech on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Chattanooga will play South Alabama at 3. The regional concludes Sunday. Tournament details and ticket information are here.
Florida is the overall No. 1 seed. Michigan and Oregon also joined Auburn as a top national seed. Eleven of the SEC's 13 softball schools made the NCAA field.
Auburn heard the good news at its annual banquet, less than 24 hours after winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship in Baton Rouge.
The 64-team NCAA bracket is here.
Auburn is 49-9 after winning three games in the SEC Tournament, including winning the championship with a 6-5 extra-inning win over LSU on Saturday night. Carlee Wallace came through with a game-winning RBI in the ninth inning.
"In the regional, Super Regional and then the World Series, they're going to see everything because it's so uniquely different than anything they've ever experienced," said coach Clint Myers after the game. "Hopefully, this will get them to really focus on the feeling of being a champion."
Auburn rolled Toomer's Corner after the selection show.
The banquet was highlighted by individual awards. Emily Carosone, the SEC Tournament MVP, was named the team's most valuable player, clutch performer and top defensive player as well. Rachel Walters and Carlee Wallace were named the newcomers of the year. Tiffany Howard was named the hardest worker and Morgan Estell was named the most inspirational player.
Moving down to the lower half of the left side, we have the Baton Rouge, Tucson, Lafayette & Auburn regionals: pic.twitter.com/4gRj4gwfHk
-- NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 11, 2015
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine