Anderson, Auburn hit the "Road to Omaha" through Tallahassee
The Auburn University baseball team got the call on Monday afternoon from the NCAA.
The Tigers are headed to the Tallahassee Regional at Florida State and will play Central Florida Friday at 12 noon in their tournament opener.
The double-elimination regional will also feature an opening evening game between the host Seminoles and Tennessee Tech.
Florida State (39-20) is the top seed in the regional, followed by UCF (40-20), Auburn (35-24), and Tennessee Tech (40-19).
Cartersville native and former Hurricanes' southpaw, Elliott Anderson, is a freshman pitcher with the Auburn Tigers.
Anderson made 13 relief appearances for Auburn this season and worked 12.1 innings. He finished with a 6.57 ERA and a 1-0 record. He was also part of two shutouts and struck out nine. He faced 52 batters who hit for a .365 average against him.
Auburn is in the postseason for their 20th regional appearance in program history. It is only the second Tigers' appearance, however, since 2010. The Tigers have now been sent to Tallahassee eight times for regional play where they have won the regional twice in their previous seven trips. Auburn was 1-2 at the site in 2015.
Auburn was ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation earlier this season and were challenging for a national seed, but a seven-game losing streak that included sweep losses to Alabama and LUS halted those aspirations.
The Tigers have lost 10 of 13 games to close out the season and were one of the final four at-large teams to make the field of 64. Texas A&M, UCLA, and Michigan were the other last at-large teams included.
At the peak of their season, Auburn was 19th in the RPI before falling to 45th in that ranking. The Tigers finished the season ranked 23rd by Baseball America and did win seven of their ten Southeastern Conference series. They won nine games against top-10 teams and were 3-1 against national seed Florida.
2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Schedule, game times, TV channels
Corvallis Regional (Oregon State)
Oregon State vs. Holy Cross | 11 p.m. ET Friday | ESPNU
Nebraska vs. Yale | 4 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Clemson Regional (Clemson)
Clemson vs. UNC Greensboro | 7 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Vanderbilt vs. St. John’s | 12 p.m. Friday | SEC Network
Long Beach Regional (Long Beach State)
Long Beach State vs. San Diego State | 11 p.m. Friday | ESPN2
Texas vs. UCLA | 7 p.m. Friday | ESPN2
Stanford Regional (Stanford)
Stanford vs. Sacramento State | Thursday | WatchESPN
CSU Fullerton vs. BYU | Thursday | WatchESPN
Lubbock Regional (Texas Tech)
Texas Tech vs. Delaware | 3 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Arizona vs. Sam Houston State | 7 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Tallahassee Regional (Florida State)
Florida State vs. Tennessee Tech | 6 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
UCF vs. Auburn | 12 p.m. Friday | ESPN2
Hattiesburg Regional (Southern Miss)
Southern Miss vs. Illinois-Chicago | 2 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Mississippi State vs. South Alabama | 7 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Baton Rouge Regional (LSU)
LSU vs. Texas Southern | 3:30 p.m. Friday | SEC Network
SE Louisiana vs. Rice | 8 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Chapel Hill Regional (North Carolina)
North Carolina vs. Davidson | 6 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Florida Gulf Coast vs. Michigan | 1 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Houston Regional (Houston)
Houston vs. Iowa | 8 p.m. Friday | ESPNU
Baylor vs. Texas A&M | 3 p.m. Friday | ESPN2
Lexington Regional (Kentucky)
Kentucky vs. Ohio | 12 p.m. Friday | ESPNU
Indiana vs. North Carolina State | 7 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Louisville Regional (Louisville)
Louisville vs. Radford | 6 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Oklahoma vs. Xavier | 2 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Fort Worth Regional (TCU)
TCU vs. Central Connecticut State | 9 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Virginia vs. Dallas Baptist | 4 p.m. Friday | ESPNU
Fayetteville Regional (Arkansas)
Arkansas vs. Oral Roberts | 8 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Missouri State vs. Oklahoma State | 3 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Winston-Salem Regional (Wake Forest)
Wake Forest vs. UMBC | 7 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
West Virginia vs. Maryland | 2 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Gainesville Regional (Florida)
Florida vs. Marist | 7 p.m. Friday | SEC Network
South Florida vs. Bethune-Cookman | 1 p.m. Friday | WatchESPN
Regionals: Thursday, June 1 through Monday, June 5. The regionals will be held at 16 campus sites in four-team, double-elimination tournaments. The 16 regional winners advance to the Super Regionals. One of the regionals will start Thursday, with the other 15 starting Friday.
Super Regionals: Friday, June 9 through Monday, June 12. The eight campus sites will be home for games June 9-11 or June 10-12. Two teams will play a best-of-3 format, with winners advancing to the 2017 NCAA College World Series.
College World Series: Saturday, June 17 through Tuesday, June 27 or Wednesday, June 28. Eight teams compete in two four-team, double-elimination tournaments. The winners of the two brackets will met in a best-of-3 championship series. The College World Series Finals will have games Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27. If the first two games are split, a deciding game will be on Wednesday, June 28.
2017 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Top 8 seeds