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Auburn baseball deals with injuries as they prepare for #3 Arkansas

Starter Hayden Mullins is out for the weekend; closer Blake Burkhalter is questionable

After a weekend series against consensus #1 Tennessee where Auburn became only the 2nd team to take a game in Lindsey Nelson Stadium and was in all three games late, Auburn baseball’s now looking at a Top 5 ranking in RPI and has an inside track on hosting a regional, provided they handle business in their three remaining SEC series.

RPI, the “rating performance index”, is a quantifiable scoring used to rank NCAA sports teams based on wins, losses, and strength of schedule. It is used in multiple D1 sports, including soccer, lacrosse, and volleyball (It has been replaced by NET for the NCAA basketball tournament, a more developed formula that also encompasses scoring margin and overall efficiency). 

The general RPI formula is a weighting of team winning percentage (25%), opponent winning percentage (50%), and winning percentage of the opponents of your opponent (25%). For baseball, further weight is given in the formula to road performance – a home win is credited at 0.7 of one game and a road victory at 1.3, owing to NCAA baseball’s 62% home winning percentage. (Neutral site games remain at 1.0).

Auburn baseball celebrates after sweeping South Carolina.
Auburn baseball coach Butch Thompson
Auburn baseball's Blake Burkhalter
Auburn baseball's Carson Skipper vs LSU
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Auburn baseball celebrates after a walk off score by Nate LaRue.

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