April 3, 2009
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team will play a three-game series against the Arkansas Razorbacks this weekend in Fayetteville beginning with a double-header Saturday at 1 p.m. Sunday's single-game finale will begin at 11 a.m.
The Tigers are 25-12 overall and 5-6 in Southeastern Conference play. Arkansas is 19-13 overall and 8-4 in the SEC. The Razorbacks enter the series having won three straight and 10 of their last 14 games.
Live stats and radio coverage of the series can be accessed via the internet at www.auburntigers.com and on the radio in Auburn on WZMG AM 910.
"This will be a big challenge for our team," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Arkansas has been playing really well and we are coming off a couple of tough games against Florida. Our players need to come out with the right mindset and get after it."
The Razorbacks have been led by catcher Whitney Cloer who is hitting .370 (40-for-108) with eight home runs, 12 doubles and 29 RBI.
Auburn enters the weekend holding a 20-19 series edge over the Razorbacks. The Tigers have won the last five meetings and 14 of the last 15 against Arkansas. The Razorbacks hold a 10-9 edge in Fayetteville.
Auburn junior pitcher Anna Thompson is four strikeouts shy of 700 for her career. Thompson has 696 strikeouts going into the weekend, which puts her third in the Auburn record books. The Huntsville, Ala., native is 82 strikeouts shy of moving into the top 10 in career strikeouts in SEC history and 86 away from the Auburn career record of 782 held by Holly Currie (2004-07).
After the series against Arkansas, the Tigers will return to action the following weekend in Knoxville against the Tennessee Lady Vols. That series was originally scheduled to be played April 11-12, a Saturday and Sunday.
The series has been changed to begin Friday, April 10, with one game beginning at 6 p.m. CT. Saturday, April 11, will now feature a double-header beginning at noon CT. The change in schedule was due to the Easter Sunday holiday.