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2016 NCAA Softball Tournament Bracket - Auburn the 4th Seed

The Tigers once again are a national seed. Auburn can stay home all the way through Oklahoma City

Auburn's 2015 Softball team
Auburn's 2015 Softball team
Zach Bland / Auburn Athletics

For the second straight season, Auburn is a national seed for the NCAA Softball Tournament and will host a Regional and - should they make it that far - the subsequent Super Regional.

Last season the Tigers were given the #4 seed following their SEC Tournament win. All three of the teams they defeated in the SEC Tournament are seeded in the Top 10 of this year's bracket. They hosted a Regional with Tennessee Tech, South Alabama, and Chattanooga. Auburn made quick work of them before a wild Super Regional against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Tonight, the Tigers once again were named the #4 seed. They will welcome Jacksonville State (41-15), Oregon State (30-18-1), and USC Upstate (42-13) to Jane B Moore Field for the NCAA Regional this weekend and will have a clear path to return to Oklahoma City, though it has potential to be a tough one. Tennessee was awarded the 13th seed, which means that should both teams win their bracket, Auburn will welcome Tennessee for the Super Regional.

That path was in doubt a week ago after Auburn was "swept" by Tennessee in run-ruled games and then dropped the final series of the year to Texas A&M. Playing for injured shortstop Kelsey Bogaards in the SEC Tournament, the Tigers were able to work there way back near the top where they were while on a 13 game SEC winning streak.

Auburn joins seven other teams from the SEC as a national seed. That's right, half of the 16 seed national seeds are from the SEC.

Those are:

1) Florida
4) Auburn
6) Alabama
9) Kentucky
10) LSU
13) Tennessee
15) Missouri
16) Georgia

The road to the Women's College World Series is now known. Go get 'em, ladies!

War Eagle!