Auburn softball vs. Florida

Auburn's Taylon Snow (2) and Morgan Podany (17) chat behind home plate between at-bats during the Auburn softball team's game against Florida on Saturday at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn. (By Justin Lee/

The Auburn softball team is headed west to Arizona.

The Tigers have been drawn into the Tucson Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

Auburn will face Colorado State in its opener there at 8 p.m. Friday. That game will be televised on ESPN.

Those teams will enter double-elimination play opposite host Arizona and Harvard at that regional.

The Tigers learned their postseason fate during the NCAA’s softball tournament selection show on Sunday night.

The 64 teams selected for the tournament are spread out to 16 sites, for a series of four-team, double-elimination regional tournaments to find the 16 teams advancing to Super Regionals.

Auburn enters on an at-large bid. The Tigers stand 37-19 on the season, and will face the Mountain West Conference champions in Colorado State, standing 38-10.

Arizona is the tournament’s sixth-seeded Regional host. The 42-12 Wildcats play a Harvard team that’s 25-17.

Auburn struggled down the stretch of the regular season, losing eight of its last nine games, but showed new life to start the postseason in the SEC Tournament, beating seventh-seeded Missouri and second-seeded Tennessee. The Tigers entered as the 10th seed there in College Station, Texas, beating Missouri 3-0 and Tennessee 2-0 before falling to No. 6 seed Florida 3-0 in the conference tournament semifinals.

Auburn finished its regular season 35-18 overall and 10-14 in the SEC.

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