Auburn Returns Home For First Ever Meeting With South Alabama


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April 9, 2007

AUBURN - The Auburn softball team returns home Tuesday for a mid-week matchup with the Sun Belt Conference's South Alabama, which is in its first year of Division I softball competition. The teams will square off at Jane B. Moore Field at 6 p.m. CT.

The Tigers enter the game with an 18-25 record and 12-12 mark in non-conference games this season. South Alabama, which features Tara Donaldson, who played for the Tigers last season, is 27-14 this year with a 20-9 record in games outside of Sun Belt play.

"South Alabama will pose a challenge because we have never seen them before and they are playing very well for a first-year program," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "They've come in and played some tough programs and excelled. Their offense can score some runs."

Donaldson paces the Jaguars with a .400 batting average and has five home runs this season, which is second only to Corey Race's eight. Donaldson has also driven in 38 runs.

The Tigers, meanwhile, are led by Tatiana Fernandez, who has a .310 average in 43 games this season. Holly Currie is the team leader with seven home runs and she is tied with Sara Ghezzi for the team's lead with 21 RBI.

After playing host to the Jaguars, Auburn stays at home for a weekend series with Florida that begins Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled to be StrikeOut Cancer Day, where fans can donate to the American Cancer Society. The first 250 fans will also receive commemorative lunch coolers. All regular season games at Jane B. Moore Field are free to the public.