AU Sports: Baseball set for 2 midweek matchups

Fresh off of a series win over Ole Miss that pushed the Auburn baseball team into a three-way tie atop the SEC West.

BASEBALL

Tigers set for 2 midweek matchups
Fresh off of a series win over Ole Miss that pushed the Auburn baseball team into a three-way tie atop the SEC West Division, the Tigers will take a two-game hiatus from conference play this week as it plays host to Samford tonight and Texas Southern on Wednesday at Plainsman Park. Both games are slated to begin at 6 p.m.

Auburn will start junior right-hander Andrew Morris (1-2, 5.62 ERA) on the mound tonight, but has yet to determine its Wednesday starter.

Today is Two for Tuesday and all fans can buy one ticket, get on free. Wednesday is ALLKids Youth Night and fans 12-and-under are admitted free with a cap and glove.

MEN’S GOLF

Trio earns All-SEC honors
A trio of Auburn golfers earned 2010-11 All-SEC honors for their strong performances on the course this season, the conference announced Monday.

Ben Hogan Award semifinalist Blayne Barber was named First-Team All-SEC after leading the Tigers with a 70.93 scoring average and six top-five finishes. Barber accumulated 15 rounds under par through the 2010-11 regular season with 12 in the 60s. He is currently listed as No. 16 in both the Scratch World Amateur Golf and Golfweek Magazine Collegiate rankings.

Sophomore Michael Hebert earned Second-Team All-SEC honors, as the FSU transfer holds a 71.73 scoring average after accumulating seven top-20 and three top-five finishes.

Freshman Niclas Carlsson was named to the 2010-11 All-SEC Freshman Team with a 72.00 scoring average after earning five top-20s and three top-10s.

WOMEN’S GOLF

Earns NCAA Regional bid

The 13th-ranked Auburn women’s golf team received a bid to the NCAA East Regional Championship, which will be held May 5-7 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship Committee announced Monday.

Auburn enters the East Regional as the No. 5 seed, following top-seed Alabama, Purdue, Cal and Arizona State. The Tigers are one of nine teams in the field ranked in the Golfweek Magazine top-25. Others are: No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Purdue, No. 5 Cal, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 15 North Carolina, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 19 Vanderbilt and No. 21 Florida.

“You look down the list of the teams competing at the East Regional and you will see pretty quickly how strong the field is,” said Auburn head coach Kim Evans. “You have 10 conference champions including three from the SEC, Big 10 and ACC.”

A total of 378 participants have been selected for regional competition. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championships finals. Eight teams and two individuals will advance from each regional.

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