Auburn Softball Heads To Jacksonville State For Non-Conference Game
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Feb. 26, 2007

AUBURN - The Auburn softball team travels to Jacksonville, Ala., for a 6 p.m., non-conference game Tuesday against Jacksonville State.

The Tigers are 7-9 this season after going 2-2 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., the past weekend. There, Auburn defeated North Carolina, 3-0, and Hofstra, 4-2, while losing to Michigan, 5-1, and Southern Illinois, 3-2.

All four teams made an NCAA Regional last season, while 13th-ranked Michigan was the highest ranked team at the tournament.

"We had some highs and lows in Columbus, and the tournament was a building experience for us," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "It's time to focus on a very talented Jacksonville State team that will contend in the Ohio Valley Conference this season. They are always a tough team to play and Tuesday will be no different."

The Gamecocks are 6-4 this season after going 1-2 at the South Carolina Gamecock Classic. Jacksonville State is led by Rachel Fleming, who has a .471 batting average and one home run in 10 games this season. Overall, Jacksonville State is batting .324 and averages 5.5 runs per game.

Pitching-wise, the Gamecocks have a 1.31 team ERA, highlighted by Karla Pittman's 0.19 ERA. Pittman, however, is 3-3 this season in seven appearances. Opponents are batting .193 against her.

The Tigers have controlled the series between the clubs, winning the last four straight en route to a 7-1 all-time lead. The teams met last season at the War Eagle Classic in Auburn on Feb. 17, with Tigers coming out on top, 7-1. Holly Currie took the win after striking out 11 and limiting the Gamecocks to four hits.

Live stats for the game will be available by visiting www.auburntigers.com.