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Auburn Softball Preview: Tigers Travel to Pensacola for Southern Miss. Tilt

March 1, 2006

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No. 20/18 Auburn vs. Southern Miss.
March 1 • Pensacola, Fla. • University of West Florida

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Auburn Travels To Pensacola For Southern Miss. Game ... The 20th-ranked Auburn softball team visits Pensacola, Fla., for a non-conference tilt with Southern Miss.

The Tigers are coming off a 1-0 loss to seventh-ranked Michigan. The Wolverines put one run across the board in the third, proving to be enough. Holly Currie struck out nine for the Tigers and posted Auburn's only hit of the game, but she fell to 7-1 on the season.

The game is the second in a busy week for Auburn, as the team is slated for six games. On Saturday and Sunday, Auburn will play a combined four games against Florida Atlantic and Boston College in Boca Raton, Fla.

Dropping A Tough One To Michigan ... Auburn took defending national champion Michigan to the wire Tuesday at Jane B. Moore Field, but a third-inning run-scoring single by Becky Marx was enough to subdue the Tigers, 1-0.

Holly Currie struck out nine -- giving her 99 on the season -- while walking just two. She gave up seven hits and fell to 7-1 on the season.

Michigan's Jennie Ritter kept the Tiger bats at bay as Auburn managed just one hit -- a fourth-inning Currie single. The junior made it to third on the play courtesy of an error by the Michigan third baseman. However, she was stranded at third to end the inning.

The game was played in front of 1,371 fans at Jane B. Moore Field, the largest crowd to ever witness an Auburn softball game, home or away. The previous best was 1,320 at Arizona in 2002. The previous high at Jane B. Moore Field was achieved in 2002 as well -- May 4 to be exact -- in 3-1 and 6-4 victories over then-No. 15 Alabama.

Storylines ...
• Auburn is slated to play six games this week, including four at the FAU Pepsi Cola Classic.
• Junior Holly Currie leads the SEC with 99 strikeouts, while pitching counterpart Beth DiPietro is fifth with 49 strikeouts.
• Auburn and Southern Miss. have never met. The Tigers have or will meet an opponent for the first time in four games this season and were supposed to meet North Carolina for the first time as well. However, that game was rained out at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.
• The Tigers are 52-33 in neutral site games since 2001. Auburn was 11-2 in such games last season.
• Auburn ended the month of February with an 11-3 record, and batted .339 with 15 home runs and 83 RBI. Pitching-wise, the team posted a 1.11 ERA with 149 strikeouts in 94 1/3 innings.
• Auburn head coach Tina Deese needs just five victories for 600 in her career.



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