April 5, 2012
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team hosts the No. 10/9 Tennessee Lady Vols in a three-game series this weekend beginning with Friday's game at 6 p.m. CT.
The Tigers and Lady Vols will play at 1 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be televised by ESPNU. Sunday's series finale will also begin at 1 p.m.
Auburn comes into the series with a 26-12 overall record and a 5-8 record in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers are in third place in the SEC Western Division.
The Tigers are in the midst of an 18-game stretch that included 11 games against top 10 teams. The 18-game stretch began March 16 with a three game series at then No. 8 Georgia and concludes next weekend at No. 6 Florida. Auburn has also played No. 2 Alabama in that span. The Tigers are 5-7 overall since March 16.
Senior shortstop Lauren Guzman has paced the Tigers offensively this season. Guzman posted her fourth multi-hit game in conference play and tied her career single-game high for hits in a game, going 4-for-4 in game against Ole Miss last week.
Guzman leads Auburn with a .429 batting average in SEC games, third-best in the league. Overall, Guzman is hitting .371 which is ninth-best in the SEC. Guzman has gone hitless in consecutive games only once this season, a three-game slide from March 2-3 (Syracuse, Michigan, UNC) and has gone hitless in just four of AU's 13 SEC games.
Tennessee is 28-9 overall and 10-6 in the SEC. The Lady Vols are third in the SEC Eastern Division. The Lady Vols lead the SEC in fielding with a .983 mark and are fourth in the league with a .297 team batting average.
"Tennessee is a very good team that does a lot of things well," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "They hit the ball extremely well and put a lot of pressure on your defense. They have a couple of outstanding pitchers in Ellen and Ivy Renfroe. Defensively, they have made the fewest errors in the SEC, so they don't give you anything. They really make you earn it."
The series between the two teams has been close and low scoring in recent years. Nine of the last 15 games have been one-run contest with the winning team scoring three runs or fewer in all nine of those one-run games.
Radio coverage of the series can be heard in Auburn on WEGL 91.1 FM and online, along with live stats and video streaming, at www.auburntigers.com. Follow the Tigers on Twitter @AuburntigersSB.