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Tigers Hit the Road for Series at South Carolina
April 20, 2017

No. 7 Auburn at South Carolina

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(37-7, 10-5 SEC) vs. (27-18, 3-11 SEC)

Fri, Apr 21 5 p.m.   
Sat, Apr 22 1 p.m.   
Sun, Apr 23 12 p.m.   

AUBURN, Ala. -- The No. 7 Auburn softball team is set to travel for the first time in two weeks when it takes on South Carolina for a three-game series, April 21-23.

All three matchups can be streamed on the SEC Network+, and heard locally on 95.9 FM and the official Auburn app.

The Tigers (37-7) recently snagged a 7-3 result against Kennesaw State Wednesday night at Jane B. Moore Field. Auburn notched 11 hits, including two apiece from Jenna Abbott, Alyssa Rivera and Courtney Shea.

Heading into the weekend, The Tigers lead the nation in double plays with 35 and average 0.81 per game. The next closest teams are Campbell and UT Arlington, who each have 27 in 2017.

Auburn also leads the SEC in walks (219) and double plays (35), and ranks in the top three in triples (13), wins (37), runners picked off (two), and walks allowed (76).

Following their weekend contests, the Tigers close out the regular season non-conference schedule at Alabama State, April 26. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

Player to Watch: Jenna Abbott

Senior Jenna Abbott has found her groove at the plate as of late. She has reached base safely in five of her last six plate appearances. In that span, Abbott has raised her batting average 37 points, up to .370 on the season. The Dawsonville, Ga. native earned two starts against South Carolina last season and hit .333 with one RBI and touted a .667 on-base clip.

Inside the Series: South Carolina

The Tigers and Gamecocks have dueled 56 times in series history, with Auburn holding a 31-25 advantage. The series was dominated by South Carolina early on as the Gamecocks won 15 of the first 17 matchups. Since that point, however, the Tigers have battled back and boast a 29-10 mark in the series since 2003, including 15 of the last 19.

Career Numbers Versus the Gamecocks

The current Auburn roster has fared well against South Carolina. Carlee Wallace boasts a career average of .444 versus South Carolina, while Victoria Draper has hit .333. There's also been a power surge as Kasey Cooper has two home runs and seven RBI against the Gamecocks, while Madi Gipson has three doubles and six RBI. Whitney Jordan also touts a roundtripper and two RBI. In the circle, Kaylee Carlson is 2-0 with a 0.84 ERA and six strikeouts in games against the league foe.

An Auburn Series Win Would...

A series win by Auburn would give the Tigers their 10th series victory against South Carolina all-time and fourth in Columbia. It would also send Auburn to its fifth SEC series win of 2017.



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