Auburn’s baseball team left no doubt on Monday, scoring 13 runs in the first inning to beat North Carolina 14-7 in the final of the Chapel Hill Super Regional and advance to the eight-team College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
In Monday’s second Super Regional, Arkansas also scored 14 runs and defeated SEC rival Ole Miss 14-1 to grab the con-ference’s fourth berth in the CWS field. Vandy and Miss-issippi State already had punched their tickets.
The CWS starts Saturday. The bracket is separated into two pools with a double-elimination format.
Arkansas is the only SEC team that plays the first day (vs. Florida State at 6 p.m. on ESPN).
Three SEC teams are in the pool that begins play on Sunday. Vanderbilt plays Louisville at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Mississippi State and Auburn play at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
The winners of those games will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, likely on ESPN. The losers of Sunday’s games will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, likely on ESPN2.
The winners of the brackets play in a best-of-three championship series, which will begin Monday, June 24.
It would be fitting if the Tigers could at least reach the title series as a tribute to their longtime baseball voice, Rod Bramblett, who along with his wife was killed in a car accident right in the middle of the postseason.
• Short hits: Bessemer City High School has hired former Alabama quarterback Andrew Zow as its new head football coach…ex-Alabama football radio analyst Phil Savage is reportedly being considered for a position with the new Jets’ front office.
• There is a coaching transition going on at Albertville after the departure of head coach Dale Pruitt, and new coach Cliff Mitchell is turning to a familiar face.
The Albertville City Board of Education last week approved Brock Rutledge as the Aggies’ offensive coordinator during a special called meeting, according to The Sand Mountain Reporter.
The board also approved David Boman to be the Aggies’ assistant head coach, a role Mitchell filled under former head coach Dale Pruitt.
“Me and Brock played against each other in high school, we’re very familiar with each other and I got to fill that spot without having to worry about finding a teacher, because Brock was already here on campus with us,” Mitchell said.
“I was glad he was ready to come back on board with us. I think he’ll do good stuff for us. He’s a pretty good offensive mind and I enjoy having him around.”
Rutledge served as the Aggies’ offensive coordinator from 2015-17 after leaving the same post at Arab under Adam Gilbert. In 2016, Albertville averaged 32.4 points per game and scored 40 points or more in seven of its 11 games. The Aggies set a team record with 356 points.
Rutledge will coach receivers for Mitchell, and Will Scott will coach quarterbacks.