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Auburn Softball Preview: No. 20 Tigers Host Troy

March 13, 2006

20/19 AUBURN (19-4) vs. TROY (13-14)
March 14 • Auburn, Ala. • Jane B. Moore Field

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3/14 Troy 6 p.m.

Radio: WZMG-AM (910) and
Ben Taylor, Brad Law
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Tigers Host Troy ... After starting off conference play over the weekend, Auburn will take a step back into non-conference by hosting Troy for a solo game Tuesday.

The Tigers are coming off a three-game sweep of Kentucky at Jane B. Moore Field. Auburn defeated Kentucky, 7-6, in an eight-inning affair Sunday after taking both games of a doubleheader Saturday.

Troy, at 13-14 this season, is not a first-time visitor to Jane B. Moore Field this year. Two weeks ago, the Trojans defeated Michigan, 4-2, in a precursor to Auburn's 1-0 loss to the Wolverines.

Auburn and Troy, which used to be named Troy State, have a long history, with the clubs having faced off every season except 1997. The Tigers own the all-time series, 7-4, and are 3-2 at home. Auburn has won the last three games in the matchup, including a 3-2 decision last year at Troy.

After Troy, Auburn heads to Tennessee Saturday for the first of nine straight SEC games.

Tigers Open SEC Play With Sweep Of Kentucky ... Auburn needed extra innings Sunday, but got a 7-6 victory over Kentucky to sweep the Wildcats in the Tigers' opening weekend of SEC play.

The Tigers had opened the three-game series with a doubleheader sweep of Kentucky, 2-1 and 3-0, at Jane B. Moore Field. Holly Currie and Beth DiPietro both earned victories Saturday, with Currie taking the win Sunday.

The victories gave Auburn 14 in its last 15 games against Kentucky, with the only blemish coming in a 5-2 defeat in Lexington last season. The Tigers hold the all-time series lead, 19-8.

Storylines ...
• Auburn is 16-4 in non-conference games this season and 9-2 at Jane B. Moore Field.
• The non-conference game is Auburn's last before nine straight SEC games, with Tennessee, Georgia and Florida on the upcoming schedule.
Beth DiPietro and Holly Currie have combined to go 19-3 this season with a 1.11 ERA.
• The Tigers are 8-1 in the month of March after going 16-4 a year ago.



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