April 22, 2011
Auburn, Ala. -
The No. 25 Auburn softball team will take a weekend break from Southeastern Conference play and host Mississippi Valley State in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon CT.
Auburn is 32-14 overall and 11-11 in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn will be playing Mississippi Valley State for the first time.
Prior to the start of Saturday's first game, Auburn will recognize seniors Katie Colton, Kelley Smiley, Caitlin Stangl and Kyndall White. The senior class has helped Auburn advance to the past three SEC and NCAA tournaments and brought the Tigers their first top 25 ranking since the 2006 season. Auburn has been in the NFCA top 25 the past eight consecutive weeks.
The Tigers are 21-3 against non-conference teams this season, with two of the three losses coming to top 25 teams. Auburn is 14-1 against non-SEC foes at Jane B. Moore this season with the lone loss coming April 6 to Mercer.
Despite taking the loss, Auburn junior pitcher Angel Bunner turned in a strong performance in game two against No. 23 LSU on Wednesday. Bunner threw her team-high 10th complete game of the season, allowing just one run (earned) on seven hits in Auburn's 1-0 loss.
It marked the sixth time in her last 10 starts Bunner has held an opponent to one earned run or less and the ninth time she has allowed two earned runs less in those 10 starts. Bunner is fifth in the SEC with a 1.67 ERA.
Offensively for Auburn, freshman Morgan Estell is hitting a team-best .414 overall and has a .500 average in the month of April. In 13 games this month, Estell has hit seven doubles and one home run. The Kimberly, Ala., native is fifth in the SEC in hitting and tied for first in doubles with 15.
Mississippi Valley State is 22-19 overall and 15-2 in the Southeastern Athletic Conference and has clinched the SWAC's Eastern Division title. Mississippi Valley State has been led by Ale Robertson with a .385 batting average and 26 RBI. Pitcher Kimberly Spivey leads MVSU with a 13-11 record and a 2.89 ERA in 147.2 innings of work this season.
Radio coverage of the doubleheader can be found at 91.1 WEGL FM in Auburn and online, along with live stats, at www.auburntigers.com.