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Auburn baseball hosts LSU this weekend while golf is NCAA Championship bound.

Auburn sports: Tigers are welcoming newcomers, hosting Tigers and NCAA Championship bound

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Hanging out with the crew

Wednesday was a busy day for Auburn athletic director Allen Greene, football coach Gus Malzahn and other familiar faces from Auburn athletics.

The crew traveled to Birmingham for the Pro-Am day at the Regions Tradition, a stop on the PGA Tour Champions, and had some fun.

Here are some sights from a day on the greens:

In other Auburn news:

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News for Auburn basketball 

Wednesday was a pretty good day for Bruce Pearl and Auburn basketball. The program added Memphis combo guard Jamal Johnson, a transfer, who will help to replace point guard Davion Mitchell and forward Desean Murray.

Johnson reportedly committed to Auburn on Wednesday during an official visit and then later made the news public on Twitter.

Though he’ll sit out next season as a transfer, Johnson will have three years left at Auburn. As a freshman at Memphis in the 2017-18 season, he averaged 6.9 points and 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Oh, and although he’s coming from Memphis, Johnson actually played alongside Austin Wiley at Spain Park High School in Spain Park, Ala.

Baseball to host LSU

Auburn finishes off the regular-season SEC schedule this weekend against LSU at Plainsman Park. All eight of the Tigers seniors will be honored prior to the game on Friday night.

Freshman Tanner Burns will start for Auburn on Thursday and Casey Mize will make his appearance on Friday. It’s a big weekend for both Tigers teams; LSU currently sits one game ahead of Auburn in the SEC standings in third place.

Here’s a look at the schedule for the weekend and the channels where you can find each of the three games:

Thursday, 6 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Friday, 6 p.m. CT (SEC Network)

Saturday, 1 p.m. CT (SEC Network+)

Luke Jarvis honored by SEC 

Auburn senior infielder Luke Jarvis was named to the 2018 SEC Baseball Community Service team, as announced on Wednesday morning.

The San Diego native has volunteered for the Beat Bama Food Drive and also has read to a class of first-grade students at Dean Road Elementary, even throughout a busy baseball season.

Jarvis also has proved to be valuable on the diamond for Auburn, too. He’s made 93 of 95 starts and has recorded a career high in runs scored and on-base percentage this season. He’s also matched his career best in doubles.

Moving on 

Freshman Brandon Mancheno had a couple of clutch birdie putts and junior Trace Crowe was a difference maker as No. 7 Auburn advanced to the NCAA Championship following the final round of the NCAA Norman Regional on Wednesday.

It’s the seventh consecutive season that Auburn has made it to the NCAA Championship — a feat accomplished by only three other programs in the country. Auburn ended in a tie for fourth place with No. 15 Arkansas but finished one stroke better than Florida State, which didn’t advance.

Mancheno had his best round of the week on Wednesday with a 69 (-3). Crowe sunk a birdie on a putt to an even-par round, securing a spot in the championship round for Auburn.

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