Feb. 5, 2009
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team will travel to Miami to begin the 2009 season as the Tigers will take part in the Florida International Tournament beginning Friday, Feb. 6.
Auburn will play Jacksonville University at 10 a.m. CT Friday and follow that with a 2 p.m. CT game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. On Saturday, the Tigers play host FIU at 3 p.m. and then play No. 18 North Carolina at 5 p.m. Auburn will close the tournament with an 8:30 a.m. game against Louisville.
"We are excited about getting the season under way, especially being able to play in warmer weather," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "I think we are as prepared as we can be and we are all looking forward to getting to play."
The Tigers enter the 2009 season receiving votes in the pre-season USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll. Auburn went 38-22 last season, advancing the NCAA Regional in College Station, Texas. The Tigers return five position starters and two pitchers from last season's squad.
"The players have done a good job of preparing themselves for this season," Deese added. "They have worked hard. We will see some good teams this weekend in Miami, so we'll be able to get a good idea of where we stand."
Auburn is 10-2 in season openers and has won four of the last five. The Tigers' only season opening losses came in 2003 and 2007. Auburn will be facing Jacksonville, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Louisville for the first time in program history. The Tigers are 3-1 against FIU, having last met the Golden Panthers in 2005. Auburn is 1-0 against the Tar Heels with the only meeting coming in 2007.