Auburn fans won't have far to travel this weekend to see the Auburn baseball team compete in the NCAA Tournament, as the Tigers landed the No. 2 seed in the Atlanta Regional.
Auburn will face No. 3 seed Coastal Carolina on Friday at 11 a.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU. Georgia Tech is the top seed and host, while Florida A&M is the fourth seed in the Atlanta Regional.
Despite landing a good seed in the regional, the Tigers will travel to Atlanta with mixed feelings, as they will make the trip without play-by-play announcer Rod Bramblett, who was killed in a car accident last weekend.
"It's kind of bittersweet because we're going through a lot — our Auburn family — right now with a lot that's happened in our community. And our friends and our loved ones, they've been part of this journey and they're not here with us today," said head coach Butch Thompson. The opportunity to still get to play at this time of year is exciting for our ball club."
The Chanticleers play in the Sun Belt, where they have won the last two conference tournaments. They are also no strangers to performing on the big stage, either, as the Chanticleers defeated LSU in 2016 to win the college baseball national championship.
The Tigers (33-25) enter the regional ranked No. 19 in RPI, while the Chanticleers (35-24-1) rank No. 57.
Coastal Carolina boasts one of the better team batting averages in college baseball at .309, which ranks 11th overall. Auburn's team batting average of .260 ranks 192nd.
On the mound, the Tigers' 4.53 team ERA ranks 104th nationally, while the Chanticleers rank No 217 with a 5.55 ERA.
The Tigers are led at the plate by Conor Davis, who boasts a .290 batting average. Two high performers from last season, Will Holland and Edouard Julien, have struggled at the plate for much of season, with batting averages of .240 and .236 respectively. On the mound, the Tigers are led by Jack Owen, whose 2.29 ERA is tops on the team.