AUBURN – Auburn and North Carolina got the call on Tuesday. So did Tigers shortstop Will Holland and injured pitcher Davis Daniel, who were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft.
Auburn will open its Super Regional series at 11 a.m. CT Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C., after the NCAA announced its weekend schedule on Tuesday morning.
Super Regionals across the country will run from Friday to Monday. The Tigers and Tar Heels will play Saturday, Sunday and, if necessary, Monday.
Saturday’s opener will be televised on ESPN2. Sunday’s middle game is set for a 10:30 a.m. CT start, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. The third game would be a noon CT start time and an ESPN2 broadcast.
Auburn (36-25) challenges North Carolina (45-17) after the Tigers won the Atlanta Regional at Georgia Tech last weekend and the Tar Heels won their host Chapel Hill Regional.
Only 16 teams remain in the NCAA Tournament. This weekend’s winners will advance to next week’s College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The Tigers are still in the postseason hunt, but Holland and Daniel already have something to celebrate.
Holland, a junior shortstop, was drafted in the fifth round by the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. He was the 149th overall pick in the draft.
Daniel, a junior pitcher, was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels with the 211th overall pick.
Holland has maintained a .248 batting average and a .794 on-base percentage as a junior. He has also scored 45 runs while recording 53 hits and 30 RBIs.
He leads the team in home runs with nine and is tied for the team lead in stolen bases with 14.
“Thank you @Twins! I’m so blessed and so thankful for the Auburn community for supporting me for the past 3 years. We aren’t done yet! #RoadToOmaha,” Holland wrote on Twitter after being drafted.
Holland finished his sophomore campaign with a .313 batting average with a .936 on-base percentage. He also scored 61 runs while notching 78 hits and 52 RBIs. He started 65 of the 66 games that he played in as a sophomore.
As a sophomore, Holland also contributed 12 home runs, 18 doubles and nine stolen bases.
He was named second team All-SEC after his sophomore year. He was the first Auburn shortstop to earn All-SEC recognition since 2011 while he led the team in runs. Holland was also a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award presented to the nation’s best shortstop.
Holland, who’s from Lawrenceville, Ga., has been a primary contributor for the Tigers since his first day on the Plains. As a freshman he started 41 of the 45 games he played in and hit .209 with an on-base percentage of .642. He also hit three home runs and scored 23 runs while adding 18 RBIs to his total.
While Holland has had an active role through his junior campaign, Daniel – the Tigers’ Opening Day starter – has had to sit and watch almost the entire season as he recovers from surgery.
Despite only playing in two innings of one game as a junior before undergoing Tommy John surgery, Daniel increased his draft stock from his sophomore campaign, after which he was selected in the 11th round by the Milwaukee Brewers. He was also selected in the 34th round by the Chicago Cubs out of high school in 2016.
After being selected by the Brewers, Daniel addressed the decision to return to school on Twitter last July.
“First I would like to thank the Brewers for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dream and start my professional career, however we have some unfinished business down in Auburn! I am excited to announce that I will officially be returning for my junior year on the Plains!” Daniel wrote after being drafted in 2018.
Daniel made 10 starts and appeared in 19 games as a sophomore. He pitched 66.2 innings during the year while recording a 4.86 ERA and 70 strikeouts.
As a freshman, Daniel started 16 of the 17 games he appeared in. He maintained a 5.89 ERA through the season while striking out 61 batters through 70.1 innings pitched.
Incoming freshman drafted
On the first day of the draft, Auburn signee Gunnar Henderson from Morgan Academy in Selma was drafted with the first pick of the second round at 42nd overall. The high school senior was the top-rated prospect in Alabama and was named an Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American as a junior.