Auburn softball’s place in the RPI ahead of South Carolina series

The No. 17 Auburn Tigers are getting hot at the right time, and they look to continue their streak of good fortune this weekend at South Carolina.

Winners of two straight series against top 25 teams within the SEC, Auburn travels to Columbia this weekend in hopes of winning its’ third-straight series against a challenging foe. South Carolina enters the weekend with a 7-11 record in conference play, but they have shown signs of great play this season by winning series’ over No. 14 Florida and No. 25 Texas A&M.

In a series that has the makings to be unpredictable, it is important for the Tigers to continue backing up pitchers maddie penta and Shelby Lowe by playing great defense and recording timely hits.

Although history and numbers are not the most reliable indicator of how a series will shake out, it usually provides some clarity as to how each team has performed in several situations during a season. Ahead of this weekend’s series between Auburn and South Carolina, here is a look at the Tigers’ place in the RPI, provided by D1Softball.

Overall ranking: No. 19

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Auburn remains in the top 25 of the RPI ahead of this weekend’s series at South Carolina. Auburn has risen one spot since Thursday, and has increased their stock by two over the last week. They have recently won series against No. 12 Alabama and No. 6 LSU.

Strength of Schedule: No. 19

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The Tigers currently hold the 19th toughest schedule in the country. By SEC standards, Auburn has the conference’s seventh toughest schedule.

Record away from home: 11-11

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Auburn has had their share of struggles on the road this season, but things are beginning to make a positive turn after the Tigers were able to take two-of-three from Alabama last weekend for their first road series win over a top 25 team. Auburn hits the road again this weekend to face South Carolina in an effort to boost that record.

Record against tier-two teams: 8-1

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An interesting note to look at when it comes to this weekend’s series at South Carolina is Auburn’s success against teams tier-two teams, which are teams ranked No. 26-50 in the RPI. Auburn has won 89% of its games against tier-two teams, with several notable wins over Ole Miss, Missouri, and Indiana.

South Carolina enters the weekend ranked No. 38 in the RPI.

South Carolina overview

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The Gamecocks have had an up-and-down season to this point, and hope to slow down Auburn’s hot streak at home. Here’s a look at where South Carolina ranks in several categories heading into this weekend’s series.

Story originally appeared on Auburn Wire