Auburn Baseball kicks off 2022 NCAA Tournament

Published: Jun. 3, 2022 at 10:09 PM EDT
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AUBURN, Ala. (WTVM) - Fans are settling in for a weekend of rooting for the home team as Auburn Baseball kicks off the NCAA Tournament.

Friday evening, Sports Leader 9 captured the fan experience at Plainsman Park. Fans have been tailgating and waiting all day for the gates to open on this sold-out weekend.

Friday began day one of the 2022 NCAA Baseball Auburn regional game. The team has not hosted a regional game since 2010.

This weekend mark’s Auburn’s 23rd NCAA regional appearance, including its fourth in the last five full seasons under Head Coach Butch Thompson.

The first game started at 11 a.m. with Florida State beating UCLA 5 to 3.

This is a huge deal for Auburn to be hosting this tournament; the seats are completely sold out. We talked to Auburn fan Campbell Garber who tailgated five hours before the game even started.

“When I learned we were national hosts, I’ve just been excited for it ever since,” said Garber. “I woke up for it feeling a little different, got up went to work got off at 12 and I was ready to go. I’ve been thinking about this game all day, thinking about getting out here, just so excited.”

As more fans started to roll in, we spotted Griffin and Atticus who looked overjoyed and ready to spend their Friday night at Plainsman Park. We asked the boys how they felt about being on the Plains.

“Really good, and we hope they win.”

“I feel really good, and I hope I catch a foul ball.”

Thomas Newdome and his family have been Auburn fans for generations. Newdome says the convenience of the game being hosted in Auburn could not have of worked out any better.

“It’s a great feeling, its nice to have it here we can come watch it and are very exciting we hope they do well,” Newdome said.

Auburn Baseball is definitely giving the fans what they want. The Tigers hit four more homeruns in the first inning - two of which were knocked out of the park by Cole Foster, a two-run homer and a grand slam.

The Tigers’ bats were hot early, scoring 11 in the first inning.

Sports Leader 9 will have full coverage on the Auburn Regional this weekend.

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