The Iowa softball team opens an NCAA regional on Friday in Atlanta when the Hawkeyes take on Auburn Friday afternoon. The Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a record of 42-14 and take on an Auburn squad that has lost six of its last seven games.

Iowa coach Gayle Blevins says Auburn has had a rough last couple of weeks, but she says that doesn’t mean anything now. Auburn is 29-27 overall. Blevins says a tough early schedule is great preparation for regional play. She says they’ve been real road tested and that is the reason they travel so much, is to be comfortable wherever they go in postseason.

Iowa is the second seed in the tournament. Top seeded Georgia Tech is the host and will take on Boston University in the other first round game.