Feb. 7, 2013
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team begins the 2013 season this weekend by hosting the Plainsman Invitational tournament at Jane B. Moore Field. The Tigers will play twice Friday, once Saturday and twice on Sunday.
"The team is hungry to get on the field and compete," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We have solid depth around our infield and we are very strong defensively at each spot. After a month of practice I think everyone is ready to get the season going and we're looking forward to the weekend."
Auburn will play consecutive games Friday, taking on Furman at 12:30 p.m. and East Tennessee State at 3 p.m. The Tigers are 3-0 all-time against Furman, having last played the Paladins in 2008. Auburn will be playing East Tennessee State for the first time.
After five weeks of practice, senior catcher Caitlin Schultze said the Tigers are ready to take the field. After playing third base last season, Schultze has returned to her natural position behind the plate for 2013.
"Everyone is excited to get the season going and see what we can do," Schultze said. "I've been working hard and I'm really excited to be back behind the plate."
On Saturday, the Tigers will play Kent State at 12:30 p.m. Auburn is 0-2 against the Golden Flashes with the last meeting coming in 2010.
Auburn will close out the Plainsman Invitational on Sunday with an 11:30 a.m. game against Army and a 2 p.m. game against Austin Peay. Auburn will be playing Army for the first time. The Tigers are 5-0 all-time against Austin Peay.
Auburn will play 12 consecutive home games to start the 2013 season and will play 17 of its first 21 games at Jane B. Moore Field. Southeastern Conference play begins March 8, when the Tigers host the Florida Gators. The Georgia Bulldogs, Ole Miss Rebels and South Carolina Gamecocks round out Auburn's home conference schedule.
All Auburn home games will air locally on WEGL 91.1 FM radio and online at www.auburntigers.com, along with live stats.