March 17, 2011
Auburn, Ala. -
The No. 23 Auburn softball team will host the South Carolina Gamecocks in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. CT at Jane B. Moore Field. Games two and three of the series will each begin at 1 p.m. CT on Saturday and Sunday.
The Tigers (22-4, 3-2 SEC) are coming off a pair of losses to No. 3 Alabama on Wednesday in Tuscaloosa. Auburn committed five errors in the two games leading to five unearned runs for the Crimson Tide.
"We can't give teams additional outs by making errors," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Alabama took advantage of the mistakes we made. Now we have to move forward from that and get ready for South Carolina. They are going to come in here ready to play. Our team has been mentally strong all season and this weekend is certainly going to take that type of mentality from them."
South Carolina (16-9, 3-4 SEC) lost a midweek double-header to No. 1 Georgia, losing 8-4 in game one and 5-0 in game two. The Gamecocks are third in the Southeastern Conference with 52 stolen bases in 25 games this season.
Auburn is 19-21 all-time against South Carolina. The Gamecocks owned the early series history between the teams, compiling a 16-3 record from 1997- 2003. South Carolina won the first seven games of the series before the Tigers picked up their first win. Since 2004, however, the Tigers have had the upper hand in the series, posting a record of 16-5 against the Gamecocks.
Radio coverage of the Tigers and Gamecocks can be found on WEGL 91.1 FM in Auburn and online, along with live stats, at www.auburntigers.com.