Auburn travels to Baton Rouge, La., and Athens, Ga. this week
March 12, 2012
Auburn, Ala. - Auburn senior Jenee Loree has earned her second Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week award, the league announced today.
"I am really proud of Jenee and the way she has stepped up as a senior this season," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "She has worked very hard and has had a very good season to this point and I'm sure she wants to continue that as we get into SEC play."
In two appearances last week, both starts, Loree allowed only one hit with no walks and 11 strikeouts in 10.0 innings of work. Loree threw her fourth career no-hitter in Auburn's 8-0 win over Presbyterian on Sunday.
Loree began the weekend with a one-hit shutout of Drexel as the Tigers won 13-0 in five innings on Saturday. Loree allowed only three Drexel batters to reach base and did not allow a runner to advance to second base.
Loree's four no-hitters are the third-most by an Auburn pitcher. Former Tiger Holly Currie (2004-07) holds the AU record for most no-hitters with seven and is the only Tigers' pitcher to throw a perfect game. Kristen Keyes (2002-04) is second with five career no-hitters. Loree threw a no-hitter against Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne on Feb. 11 earlier this season. Loree threw a pair of no-no's as a freshman in 2009 with the first coming in her first career start.
This season, Loree is 7-1 with a 1.35 ERA, 63 strikeouts and has thrown three shutouts. Loree has held opponents to two hits or less in seven of 11 appearances this season. Loree also earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors on Feb. 27.
After going 5-0 in the War Eagle Classic this past weekend, the Tigers begin SEC play this week with a pair of road series. Auburn is 21-3 overall this season and ranked No. 20 in the NFCA top 25 and is tied for 19th in the ESPN/USA Softball top 25.
Auburn will play a doubleheader against LSU in Baton Rouge on Wednesday. Game one is slated for a 5 p.m. CT start. LSU is 15-7 this season and is ranked 24th in the NFCA and 20th in the ESPN/USA polls.
The Tigers will then travel to Athens for a three-game series against the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia is 21-3 overall and 2-1 in the SEC. The Bulldogs are ranked seventh in both polls.
Game one of the UGA series begins at 5:30 p.m. CT. on Friday. Saturday's game will begin at 1:30 p.m. CT and Sunday's series finale is set for a 12:30 p.m. CT start.
All games can be heard on WEGL 91.1 FM and online, along with live stats, at www.auburntigers.com. Fans can follow Auburn softball on Twitter @AuburntigersSB.