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Auburn softball heads to NCAAs as No. 4 national seed
May 15, 2016

Auburn celebrated its SEC tourney title Saturday, danced into the NCAAs on Sunday
Auburn celebrated its SEC tourney title Saturday, danced into the NCAAs on Sunday

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. — Clint Myers and Auburn are back in the softball spotlight as an NCAA national seed, and that suits the Tigers' coach just fine.

Auburn learned Sunday night it is the No. 4 national seed in this year's tournament and will begin regional play against Jacksonville State at 6 p.m. Friday at Jane B. Moore Field. Oregon State and South Carolina-Upstate fill out the Auburn Regional that will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Auburn was the No. 4 national seed last season as well, and the Tigers used that on their way to their first-ever trip to the College World Series. Auburn will host this weekend's regional and, if it advances, will host a Super Regional the following weekend.

Myers and Auburn are fresh off their second straight Southeastern Conference Tournament championship, won Saturday in Starkville. Myers wants the NCAA tradition to continue, too.

"The people who come to Auburn from now on are expected to go to the College World Series... that you’re going to host a regional, and that you are going to host a Super Regional so you have the ability to play in front of the fans," he said.

The NCAA turned to Auburn has a host site again as well.

"I think the NCAA appreciates the ability to sell out 2,200 seats. They're great people, they're not rowdy, they're very supportive. They clap for great plays no matter who makes them. They’re just great fans.”

Auburn is 49-9. Jacksonville State is 41-15. Oregon State is 30-18-1. South Carolina-Upstate is 42-13.

Auburn’s first opponent, Jacksonville State, won both the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles. The Tigers counter with winning the SEC Tournament title in the toughest conference around.

Auburn and Tennessee are the national seeds on the same side of the bracket. If both the Tigers and Vols win this weekend, they'll meet in Auburn in the Super Regional.

Auburn, deemed eighth by the NCAA last week, made a jump on the bracket by beating No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Alabama and No. 12 LSU to win the SEC Tournament title.

"We made a strong case beating 1, 4 and 12 in a 36-hour span and playing great softball," Myers said.

Myers said he hopes his players understand their work isn't done.

“They need to understand what they were able to accomplish in 36 hours. They need to have that mentality going into this regional. They can't look past that. They have to stay focused and have to stay committed to the fact in how they played against LSU, Florida and Alabama.'

Florida is the national No. 1 seed, followed by Michigan, Oklahoma and Auburn. Eight of the 16 national seeds are from the SEC: 1. Florida, 4. Auburn, 6. Alabama, 9. Kentucky, 10. LSU, 13. Tennessee, 15. Missouri and 16. Georgia.

Here's the complete NCAA bracket.

Sunday was also the team's award banquet. Emily Carosone was named the most valuable player and top defensive player. Other winners were...

Top newcomer: Kaylee Carlson. Hardest worker: Tiffany Howard. Most inspirational: Sydne Waldrop. Most Improved: Victoria Draper. Clutch performer: Kasey Cooper.

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



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