Feb. 19, 2013
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball will host the Georgia State Panthers Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT and then embark on the first road trip of the 2013 season as the Tigers travel to Corpus Christi, Texas for the Grand Islanders Classic Feb. 22-23.
The Tigers go into Wednesday's game against Georgia State with a 10-1 record. The Panthers are 4-4 this season and have won two straight.
"Georgia State has a lot of big sticks in their lineup," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "They have hit a lot of home runs this season. They have a lot of kids that run really well too. One of the things we have to do is shut them down in the first inning. That has been one of our big weaknesses this season, letting teams get on the board in the first inning."
Georgia State comes into the game having hit 11 home runs through eight games with Paige Nowacki belting a team-best six dingers. Callie Alford is second on the GSU squad with three home runs.
Auburn is 9-4 all-time against Georgia State, including a 5-1 mark in games played in Auburn.
The Tigers will then play four games on the road at the Grand Islanders Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. Auburn plays Kansas at 1 p.m. and Texas A&M-CC at 3 p.m. Friday. The Tigers play Southern University at 9 a.m. and New Mexico at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Tigers do not play Sunday.
"We've got a tough schedule this weekend," Deese said. "We played Kansas this past weekend and we were able to get the win (8-5) but it was a back-and-forth game. Kansas can really swing the bats. I'm sure they would like to get a win against us. It's going to be a good weekend of competition."
Auburn is a combined 2-3 against its opponents in the Grand Islanders Classic. The Tigers are 1-1 against Kansas, 1-0 against Texas A&M-CC and 0-2 against New Mexico. The Tigers will face Southern for the first time.
Sophomore outfielder Morgan Estell is riding a six-game hitting streak going into Wednesday's game against Georgia State. Estell is hitting .500 (9-for-18) in the last six games with a .609 on-base percentage.
Freshman infielder Emily Carosone
leads the Tigers with 15 RBI, having driven in at least one run in six of Auburn's 11 games this season. Carosone has two four-RBI games and one three-RBI game and is tied for third on the team with a .429 batting average with runners in scoring position this season.
All Auburn home games will air locally on WEGL 91.1 FM radio and online at www.auburntigers.com, along with live stats.