Auburn to Honor Seniors Before Sunday's Game
April 24, 2005
AUBURN - The Auburn softball team will honor its four seniors before playing the three-game series finale against LSU on Sunday at Jane B. Moore Field. Sara Dean, Paige Jones, Anne Norton and Lolani Alvarez will be honored prior to the game for their time on the Plains.
Dean came to the Tigers for the start of the 2002 season and has made an impact. Entering the series with LSU, she's started 200 straight games, a school record, and has played in 233 of a possible 234 games. Dean, who has a career-high seven home runs this season, has 22 round-trippers in four seasons, third most in program history.
The Valencia, Calif., native was named the 2002 SEC Co-Freshman of the Year after batting .297 with six home runs and 33 runs batted in over 64 games. She collected honors after leading the Tigers in batting average
(.333) last season, earning Third-Team All-America status as well as First-Team All Region and First Team All-SEC honors.
Jones, also a four-year stalwart for the Tigers, has had a career-best season this year. She is second on the team with eight home runs and has a career-high 34 RBI, which equals her previous three seasons altogether.
The senior from Alabaster, Ala., is second on the club with a .388 batting average. She was named to the SEC All-Tournament team last season after batting .364 and posting a .727 slugging percentage in five games.
Norton transferred to the Tigers in 2002 after a season at Florida Atlantic, where she earned All-Conference Freshman Team and All-Conference Second Team honors. Norton played in an Auburn career-high 40 games in 2003, her second year on the Plains, and hit four home runs, which she eclipsed this season as a personal-best. She has five this season with a career-high 12 RBI.
Alvarez also came to the Tigers as a transfer, but in 2004 from Cypress Community College. All she's done has made an impact from second base, becoming a stalwart both defensively and offensively. An infielder with range and quick hands, she's also hit six home runs this season, a career-high. Alvarez is fourth on the team with 29 RBI, more than tripling her nine from last season.
As a group, the four Auburn seniors have accumulated 144 wins in the past four seasons and posted an 81-31 record the past two seasons. The group has been to an NCAA Regional twice - in 2002 and 2004 - the only times in Auburn history. The quartet has been to the SEC Tournament the previous three seasons and is shaping up for another visit this
The game Sunday against LSU will start at 12 p.m. CT. For those who can't make it to the game, catch it live on the Internet at www.auburntigers.com or on the radio at WANI-AM (1400). The senior ceremony prior to the game will also be available live.
The series starts Saturday at Jane B. Moore Field with a doubleheader that also begins at 12 p.m. CT.
The Auburn University Department of Public Safety reminds fans to park in a legal, marked space when attending athletic events hosted on the campus of Auburn University. Legal, marked parking spaces are available throughout campus including on Donahue Drive at the Credit Union, McWhorter Center on Samford, the Haley Center on the east side of Jordan-Hare Stadium and the Auburn athletic complex. Parking is also available in lost on surrounding Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum and Plainsman Park.