After a thrilling weekend that saw the Auburn baseball team rout Coastal Carolina and sweep two games over host Georgia Tech to win the Atlanta Regional, the Tigers are two wins away from making their first College World Series appearance since 1997.
The only thing standing in the way is North Carolina, which will host the Tigers for a series in this weekend's Super Regional in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The Tigers advanced to the Super Regional for the second-straight season after winning three straight games for the first time since winning 15 in a row in late February and March.
The hero for Auburn last weekend was outfielder Steven Williams, who was named the national player of the week by Perfect Game/Rawlings after batting 6 for 13, hitting two home runs, scoring three times and driving in 10 runs in the Atlanta Regional.
His performance included a three-run walk-off homer with two outs and an 0-2 count in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Tigers' an improbably comeback win over the Yellow Jackets last Saturday.
"We've been through a lot this season and have had a lot of games where we've had to come from behind," Williams said. "We never thought we were out of it the whole entire game. Once we got a couple of guys on in the ninth, we knew we had something brewing up. We just always keep faith. We know we're a hard working team, and we can get anything done if we put our mind to it."
The Tigers also got solid pitching performances in Sunday's deciding game from starter Bailey Horn and Cody Greenhill, who came on in relief allowed only one run over the last three innings. Horn pitched six scoreless innings.
"Last year, we were expecting a regional (championship),” Greenhill said. “This year, these guys, we've had to work for everything we've got. We weren't picked to win this tournament," said Greenhill after Sunday's 4-1 win. "We know we've got a good ball club in North Carolina waiting. We'll come out and bring it."
The Tar Heels (45-17) swept their regional last weekend with wins over UNC-Wilmington, Liberty and Tennessee.
Super Regional action will get started when the Tigers face the Tar Heels at 11 a.m. Saturday. That game will be carried on ESPN2. Sunday's matchup is set for a 10:30 a.m. start and will be carried on ESPN. Monday's game, if necessary, will begin at noon and be televised on ESPN2.