The Auburn Tigers are set to compete in the NCAA Tournament this weekend and will travel to Clemson to take part in the Clemson regional which will feature Auburn, Cal State Fullerton, UNC Greensboro, and the No. 16 overall seed, Clemson Tigers.
Ahead of this weekend’s opening round action, Auburn Wire is taking a look into each participant, and what they bring to the table. After previewing the regional host, as well as Auburn’s first opponent of the regional, it is time to take a look at the final possible opponent that the Tigers could face this weekend, the Spartans of UNC Greensboro.
The Spartans earned the Southern Conference’s automatic bid by defeating Samford last weekend in the SoCon Tournament, 7-6. In SoCon play, the Spartans posted a 13-4 record and won all but one series in conference play. Furman defeated UNC Greensboro twice in a series played April 6-8, with the final game of the series ultimately being canceled.
What else does UNC Greensboro bring to the table? Here’s a brief rundown of what the Spartans have done this season.
The Spartans enter the Clemson regional with a 37-20 overall record. UNC Greensboro won the Southern Conference title by posting a 13-4 overall record, and by knocking off Samford in the SoCon tournament last weekend.
UNC Greensboro checks in at No. 90 in the latest RPI ranking from D1Softball. The Spartans have risen four spots over the last week by winning the SoCon Tournament, but they do not posses a strong resume that is worthy of a higher ranking.
The Spartans have competed in several weekend tournaments this season, but only two have been away from home. UNC Greensboro traveled to Fort Myers, Florida to open the season, and walked away with a 3-2 record. The Spartans also competed in the Clemson Classic in March, where they dropped two games to Clemson as part of the weekend.
The Spartans have little experience, as well as success, against teams ranked in the RPI top 25. UNC Greensboro has lost to regional host Clemson twice, and has fallen on the road at Duke.
This weekend, the Spartans will face No. 14 Clemson and could possibly take on No. 23 Auburn.
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