Auburn Game Notes
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March 6, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
The 20th-ranked Auburn softball team heads back to Jane B. Moore Field Wednesday to host in-state rival Samford at 6 p.m. CT., in what will amount to the team's final non-conference game before Southeastern Conference play starts.
Auburn (15-4 overall) head coach Tina Deese will be going for her 600th career victory against the Bulldogs. In 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Deese, who spent 10 seasons at Huntingdon College before coming to Auburn, is 599-391-1. She was 286-123 at Huntingdon, and has compiled a 313-268-1 record in 10 seasons with the Tigers.
Deese, who celebrated her 300th career victory at Auburn on Feb. 10 against Miami (Ohio), would become the fifth current SEC head coach to win 600. She is the only current conference coach to have remained with their club since its inception, and at 10 seasons, is the second-longest tenured in the SEC, behind only South Carolina's Joyce Compton.
"It is a great honor to be going for my 600th victory while coaching the Tigers," Deese said. "Every one of my players, past and present, has played a part in the milestone. On Wednesday, it will be important for us to go out and be focused against a dangerous Samford team."
Deese will guide an Auburn club that has gone 8-2 this season at home, most recently losing a 1-0 pitcher's duel to then-No. 5 Michigan last week. The Tigers are coming off a 4-2 week, including a 3-1 mark at the FAU Pepsi Cola Classic in Boca Raton, Fla.
Samford, meanwhile, is coming off a 1-3 weekend in Birmingham against UAB and Birmingham-Southern at the Birmingham-Southern Magic City Classic. The Bulldogs, 6-17 on the season, are 2-8 in their last 10 games.
The Tigers will have a quick turnaround after the game, with SEC play looming on the schedule. Kentucky, whom the Tigers went 3-1 against last season, will visit Jane B. Moore Field for a three-game set beginning Saturday.
For those listening on the radio, the game will be carried live on WZMG-AM (910) and on the Internet at www.auburntigers.com. Live streaming video is also available on www.auburntigers.com.