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May 24, 2012

South Carolina eliminates Auburn from SEC Tournament; Tigers await NCAA Regional fate

Photo by Todd Van Emst

Auburn’s short run at the SEC Tournament ended in a 5-3 loss to a fresh South Carolina team that was able to throw its ace, Michael Roth, and closer, Matt Price, for the entire game.

Now the Tigers have to wait until Monday to find out if they have earned an NCAA Tournament spot.

For a look at how tomorrow’s story starts, take a look at this glance.

HOOVER, Ala. — A victory over a top-flight SEC team was exactly what Auburn needed to polish its postseason credentials before leaving the SEC Tournament.

But the Tigers failed to take advantage of a few key late-inning opportunities in Thursday’s 5-3 loss to second-seeded South Carolina in an SEC Tournament elimination game.

Now Auburn (31-28) has to wait until Monday’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show to learn their fate.

“It’s definitely not the season we were planning for back in January,” senior pitcher Derek Varnadore said. “We’ve come a long way, we’ve had a lot of challenges along the way, but I’d really like to see this team in a regional.”

Auburn’s chances at an NCAA Regional berth are slim. Unofficially, the Tigers were ranked 59th in RPI after the loss to the Gamecocks Thursday, and a 10th-place finish in the SEC have hurt Auburn’s profile after opening the conference schedule with three straight series wins.

“If it’s meant to be, it is, but I think our team is a good, quality baseball team,” Auburn coach John Pawlowski said.

Here’s the link to the full story on the Ledger-Enquirer’s website: South Carolina eliminates Auburn.

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1 Comment

  1. This is the fourth disappointing season for AU baseball under Coach Pawloski. While he seems like a nice, personable guy I really do think it’s time for a change in leadership in the baseball program.
    If there’s no indication of big things to come after four full years, it’s not likely to happen.

    Comment by MikeP — May 25, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

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