AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn University softball team, No. 2 seed in the regional, will face third-seeded Colorado State at University of Arizona for the Tuscon Regional on Friday, May 17 at 8 p.m. CT.
“It’s a great place to play softball,” said Auburn head coach Mickey Dean. “I’ve been there many times and usually the one thing you don’t have to worry about is the weather. It’s going to be warm and the people there treat you extremely well. I think our players and our team will enjoy this trip.”
Colorado State will be attending the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the school's history after winning the Mountain West Conference regular-season championship for only the second time.
The Tigers were the lowest-seeded team to make the SEC Tournament semifinals last week. Auburn has never played Colorado State.
This is the second time Auburn has travelled to Tucson, Arizona for the NCAA Tournament. In 2006, the Tigers advanced to the regional championship but fell to Arizona, 4-2.
“I feel like we really took our game to a new level last week,” said Ashlee Swindle. “Seeing Lexie (Handley) have a great outing and seeing Chardonnay (Harris) pitch a shutout and me do well, I feel like that’s good momentum going into the Regionals.”
Swindle and teammate Morgan Podany were named to the SEC All-Tournament team.
“It’s great to see all your hard work start to pay off,” said Justus Perry. “This team has really done a lot of work lately and I think we are playing our best ball right now.”