Courtesy of AU Athletics
Auburn baseball and head coach Butch Thompson announced the schedule for the 2021 season Friday, more than 10 months since the last college baseball game was played.
Thirty-two games are scheduled to be played at Plainsman Park in 2021, including 12 of the first 16 contests. The Tigers are 87-34 (.719) at home since the start of the 2017 season.
Fifteen of Auburn’s opponents turned in 30-win seasons in 2019, and 16 had winning records when the 2020 season came to an end. The Tigers will square off with nine NCAA Regional teams from 2019, including four NCAA Super Regional opponents and two foes who joined the Tigers at the 2019 College World Series. Additionally, six opponents appeared in the top 15 of the D1 Baseball Preseason Poll released earlier this week, including four in the top eight.
Opening Day will take place at Plainsman Park for the seventh straight season as Auburn welcomes Presbyterian to town for a three-game series from Feb. 19-21.
Auburn’s non-conference schedule is highlighted by an appearance in the 2021 Round Rock Classic in Round Rock, Texas, from Feb. 26-28. The Tigers will take on Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas A&M in the event held at Dell Diamond.
Auburn will also host non-conference weekend series against Xavier from Mar. 5-7, including a Saturday doubleheader, and Little Rock from Mar. 12-14.
The team’s midweek schedule prior to the start of the Southeastern Conference season includes home contests against Alabama A&M (Feb. 23-24) and Jacksonville State (Mar. 2) and a road game against UAB at Regions Field. (Mar. 9).
Auburn begins SEC play Mar. 19-21 with a trip to Oxford, Mississippi, to take on preseason No. 6 Ole Miss. The team’s road schedule in league play also includes trips to No. 8 Arkansas (Apr. 1-3), Alabama (Apr. 16-18), Georgia (Apr. 30-May 2) and Missouri (May 20-22).
The Tigers welcome Kentucky to the Plains Mar. 26-28 to begin the home SEC schedule. The team will also host No. 7 Mississippi State (Apr. 9-11), No. 1 Florida (Apr. 23-25), No. 13 LSU (May 7-9) and Texas A&M (May 14-16) for conference series.
Auburn’s midweek slate continues during conference play, beginning with a trip to Montgomery for the Capital City Classic, this time against South Alabama, on Mar. 23. The team hosts Kennesaw State Apr. 6 before traveling to No. 15 Georgia Tech the following week. Auburn and Samford continue an in-state rivalry that dates back to 1909 with a home-and-home matchup in Auburn on Apr. 20 and at the Hoover Met on May 11. UAB comes to the Plains on May 4, and the midweek slate concludes against North Alabama May 18.
The SEC Tournament is scheduled to take place May 25-30 in Hoover, Alabama, with NCAA Regionals being played June 4-7, Super Regionals June 11-14 and the College World Series June 19-30.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and dependent upon state and local recommendations, all opponents, dates and times on Auburn’s schedule are subject to change. Dates and times could also change for TV scheduling purposes, which the SEC will announce at a later date.
Additional information related to attendance and safety protocols at Plainsman Park will be announced closer to the start of the season.