1. POWER VS. POWER
Auburn and Louisiana-Lafayette are two of the more prolific teams in the country when it comes to hitting home runs. The Cajuns’ 112 homers tie them for the national lead with Michigan, and Auburn also ranks in the top-10 nationally with 95 homers. It’s not just one slugger leading the way, either — both teams claim at least five hitters with 10 or more home runs. This could wind up to be a high-scoring series.
2. HOME SWEET HOME
Auburn didn’t lose a game at home until April 3 and went 30-3 at Jane B. Moore Field during the regular season. While it’s not a big park from a fan perspective — the official capacity is just 1,500, and temporary bleachers bring that up near 2,000 — tickets for the super regional sold out in less than an hour. The Cajuns weren’t great on the road this season, going 10-7, with six of those losses coming to ranked teams.
3. EXPERIENCE MATTERS?
Auburn is the host. It’s played a more rigorous week-to-week schedule in the Southeastern Conference — which has eight teams in the super regionals. It stacks up well statistically with the Cajuns despite playing superior competition. But the Tigers haven’t been on this stage before. This is Auburn’s first NCAA super regional, and the Cajuns have been here four years in a row.