Feb. 12, 2013
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team kicks off a string of six games in five days with a 6 p.m. tilt against the Samford Bulldogs Wednesday at Jane B. Moore Field.
The Tigers (5-0) will then host Indiana State (4-1) on Thursday at 6 p.m. as part of the Tiger Invitational tournament. Auburn will play Tennessee State (0-3) at 12:30 p.m. and Bryant University (0-0) at 3 p.m. on Friday. The Tigers and Kansas Jayhawks (4-1) will play at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Auburn concludes the Tiger Invitational with a 2 p.m. game against Chattanooga (1-4) on Sunday.
Samford comes into Wednesday's game with a 2-2 record. The Bulldogs are coming off a pair of losses to nationally ranked teams, dropping a 3-0 decision to No. 10 South Florida and a 4-0 decision to No. 13 Michigan.
"Samford is a very good team, very solid," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Madison Dickey is a big-hitter and Mollie Hanson is going to give us fits in the circle. We're going to have our hands full. This starts a long weekend of games for us and we just need to take it inning-by-inning."
Through the first five games of the season, Auburn has been led offensively by sophomores Morgan Estell and Branndi Melero and senior Brooke Lathan. Estell and Melero each hit .500 while Lathan hit .471 in the Plainsman Invitational last weekend. Melero drove in nine runs while Estell scored a team-best 10 runs. Lathan added seven RBI to the Tigers' attack.
"We had a really good weekend offensively," Deese said. "Everyone was contributing and swinging the bat well. We got big hits when we needed them and it seemed like we were hitting up and down the lineup."
All Auburn home games will air locally on WEGL 91.1 FM radio and online at www.auburntigers.com, along with live stats.