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April 6, 2006

20/19 AUBURN (25-10, 6-6) at 12/11 LSU (36-5, 10-2)
April 8, 9 • Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Park

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4/8 at LSU (DH) 1 p.m.
4/9 at LSU 1 p.m.

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Auburn Gets Back Into SEC Play In Baton Rouge ... Days after junior Holly Currie subdued Tennessee Tech in the Tigers' final non-conference regular season game, the Tigers travel to Baton Rouge, La., for a three-game series with LSU Saturday and Sunday.

Auburn at 25-10 this season, is 6-6 in Southeastern Conference play as the Tigers enter their meat of divisional play. LSU will be Auburn's first opponent from the Western Division as the Tigers opened with four straight series against Eastern Division teams. The Tigers will now play four straight against SEC West teams.

Auburn and LSU have a storied history as the clubs have played 36 times previously, with seven of those games coming in the SEC Tournament. LSU holds the all-time series, 26-10, but Auburn won all four meetings last season and six of the last eight between the teams. LSU leads the series, 9-3, in games played in Baton Rouge.

Currie Tosses No-Hitter Against Tennessee Tech ... Auburn junior Holly Currie threw her third no-hitter of the year and fourth of her career as the Tigers defeated Tennessee Tech, 4-0, Tuesday in Huntsville. Currie tied a personal best with 15 strikeouts en route to her 14th win of the season. The win was extra special for the junior because she grew up less than an hour away from Huntsville in Pisgah, Ala., enabling many of her friends and family to attend the game.

The Tigers scored three runs in the first and added another in the fifth en route to the team's ninth shutout of the season. Auburn is now 21-3 this year when keeping opponents to two runs or less.

Storylines ...
• Auburn won all four games against LSU, including a 4-3 victory in the SEC Tournament in Gainesville, Fla. The Tigers have won six of the last eight meetings against the Bayou Bengals.
• Auburn junior Kristina McCain has led off the game for the Tigers with a single or walk in four straight games. She's reached in her first at bat in eight of the last 11 games.
• Auburn junior Holly Currie is the second pitcher in team history with three or more no hitters in the same season. Kristen Keyes had five in 2004.
• Senior Ashley Griffin needs two straight starts for 200 consecutive. Head coach Tina Deese will coach in her 600th game at Auburn in Saturday's second game.

Real History Against LSU ... LSU and Auburn have met a total of 36 times in the teams' 10 seasons, marking the most games the Tigers have ever played against one opponent. And up until the last two seasons, LSU had held the advantage.

Auburn has, however, turned the tide, taking six of the last eight meetings between the clubs. That included a three-game sweep at Jane B. Moore Field during the 2005 regular season and a 4-3 victory over the Bayou Bengals at the SEC Tournament in Gainesville, Fla.

LSU holds the all-time series in Baton Rouge, 9-3, but Auburn has won two of its last four games in the Bayou Bengals' back yard.

Deese Going For 600 ... Auburn head coach Tina Deese needs to coach just two more games to reach 600 for her career at Auburn. The 10th-year coach already reached the 300-win milestone on Feb. 10 against Miami (Ohio).

Deese, who has gone 323-274-1 with the Tigers, has led the club to back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances. She has tutored nine All-Region players and five All-Americans since coming to Auburn prior to the 1997 season.

Deese reached her 600th career win on March 8 against Samford. In 18 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Deese is 609-397-1.

She's A Reachin' ... Auburn junior Kristina McCain has reached base in her first at bat of a game in four straight and eight of her last 11 contests. Since she began batting leadoff for the Tigers on Feb. 24 against then-No. 24 Missouri, McCain has reached base in her first at bat of the game in an impressive 18 of 23 games.

Prior to that, when McCain batted in the No. 2 slot in the order, she had reached base via a walk, hit or hit by pitch in her first at bat in three of 12 contests.

Coincidentally, the team is 15-8 this season when McCain bats leadoff.

Holding A Lead ... Auburn has proven the ability to hold a lead this season, going 18-2 when leading after four innings. The Tigers are 18-1 after five and 18-0 after six innings.

Seventh To 20 ... Senior Ashley Griffin hit a two-run home run against Florida State on March 30, becoming the seventh Tiger in program history with 20 or more home runs. She's currently sixth, tied with Michelle Martin.

Of the seven players who have reached the milestone, four have come in the past two seasons. Sara Dean, Holly Currie and Paige Jones all reached it last year.

McCain Maintaining Consistency ... Junior Kristina McCain reached base in all but four of her 60 games last season and has not let up through the first 37 games of 2006. She has at least one hit in 25 of the team's games this season and has reached base via a walk or hit by pitch in seven others.

The Mount Olive, Ala., native has 24 walks this season, putting her on pace for 36, which would better her career-best 33 last season and rank McCain second in AU single-season history.