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