April 11, 2014
Morgan Estell will take a swing at Missouri this weekend (Lauren Barnard photo)
|No. 20 Auburn Softball vs. No. 16 Missouri|
|Matchup||No. 20 Auburn (31-9-1, 6-6 SEC) vs. No. 16 Missouri (29-10, 6-6 SEC) | Game Notes|
|Dates & Times||Fri. April 11, Sat. April 12, Sun. April 13, 2014 | 6, 12, 1 p.m. CST|
|Location||Jane B. Moore Field (1,500) | Directions and Seating Chart|
|Tickets||Auburn Softball Ticket Info|
|Broadcasts||Radio: WEGL 91.1 | AuburnTigers.com | TV: Fox Sports South on Saturday|
|Online||Live Audio | Live Video | Live Stats | Twitter: @AuburnTigersSB|
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Crisp throws. Batting practice. Lively chatter. Three close losses to No. 6 Florida last weekend had not seemed to change the turnaround story of the Auburn softball team during a practice this week.
"Look out there... What do you see? You see a team that's out there looking to get better," said Auburn coach Clint Myers as his team had a spirited workout as it prepared for this weekend's Top 25 series against Missouri.
Auburn makes the turn at the halfway point of the Southeastern Conference season with a series that starts at 6 p.m. Friday at Jane B. Moore Field, followed by a noon game Saturday that will be televised by Fox Sports South and a 1 p.m. game Sunday. Auburn has already played three weekend series against SEC teams ranked in the Top 25 when it played them. And the league competition figures to be tough down the stretch, against No. 16 Missouri, No. 17 Georgia, No. 22 Texas A&M before closing the regular season against South Carolina, which will host the SEC Tournament the following week. Auburn also has a non-conference game against No. 2 Alabama in Montgomery on Wednesday.
The stat sheet says the series pits No. 20 Auburn, 31-9-1 overall and 6-6 in the SEC, against No. 16 Missouri, 29-10 overall and also 6-6 in the conference. That's what the stat sheet says. Myers says his focus, as always, is on Auburn, not so much the opponent.
That's the way it was when Auburn "came within a hit," he said, of sweeping Florida in Gainesville.
"Look at the pitching. We went 0-0 in an extra-inning ballgame. How much better can it be there? We had opportunities," Myers said. He even took chances over the weekend, trying to score a runner on a ball hit to the shortstop.
"I roll the dice every once and awhile," he said.
The Tigers have showed they can win. And have fun. The second half of the SEC season can be more uplifting.
"This is a young team. We've got to grow up a little bit on how we handle things," Myers said. "We could have won three just as easy as we lost them.
"That wasn't our type of ball. We've got to grow up and prepare on a daily basis that our preparation is for these situations. 'If I do it in practice. I'll do it in the game.' For whatever reason, we tried to do more than we're capable of. Good teams understand their limits."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine