Feb. 28, 2008
Auburn, Ala. - The Auburn softball team opens play at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga., Friday with a 3 p.m. CT game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-8) and a 5:30 p.m. CT game against Winthrop (7-6).
"We're excited about going to play in the Leadoff Classic and seeing a lot of quality competition," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "I think our players are looking forward to the challenge. This is an outstanding tournament and the city of Columbus and the NFCA always do a terrific job of hosting."
The Tigers roll into the tournament with a 12-1 overall record. Auburn has won three straight, including a pair of wins over Alabama A&M Tuesday.
The Auburn pitching staff has carried the load thus far, posting a 1.10 ERA with 111 strikeouts in 89.0 innings. Sophomore Anna Thompson leads the staff with a 6-1 record and 0.83 ERA. Thompson has struck out 58 hitters in 42.0 innings of work and has held opponents to a .167 batting average.
Senior, and Columbus native, Brittany Day is second on the team with 20 strikeouts and has a 2-0 record. Lauren Schmalz and Angel Bunner have each had strong starts to their freshman seasons. Bunner is 3-0 with one save and has a 1.58 ERA. Schmalz is 1-0 with a pair of saves and has yet to allow a run in 14.0 innings.
Offensively, the Tigers are led by senior Brittany Scott who is hitting .387 and began the week tied for ninth in the Southeastern Conference in batting average. The Tigers have four players with at least five RBI through the first 13 games of the season.
Following Friday's action, the Tigers will play Saturday at 12:30 p.m. CT against Charlotte (7-5) and then again at 5:30 p.m. CT against Massachusetts (4-6). Auburn will conclude play Sunday with an 11:30 a.m. CT game against Syracuse (0-8).
All games will be played at the South Commons Stadium and Complex. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children (12 & under). Tournament passes are $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 & under).
Live stats for all games can be found at www.nfca.org.