April 29, 2012
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team clinched its fifth consecutive berth in the Southeastern Conference Tournament by virtue of its win over South Carolina and Arkansas's loss to Alabama Sunday afternoon.
With one weekend of play remaining, the Tigers seed and opponent are yet to be determined for the Tournament which runs May 10-12 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Auburn is 31-19 overall this season and 10-15 in the SEC. The Tigers are coming off a three-game sweep of the Gamecocks in Columbia. The Tigers host Mississippi State next weekend, May 4-6, in the final regular season series of the season.
"Making the SEC Tournament for a fifth straight year was one of our team goals going into the season," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Our team has overcome some injuries and obstacles, as most every team has to do, and achieved one of our goals. I'm very happy for the players, especially our seniors. They have worked very hard to this point, but we know there is still a lot of work ahead of us."
Auburn will make its 13th appearance in the SEC Tournament since the program's inception in 1997. Last season, the Tigers advanced to the semifinals after defeating No. 3 Florida in the first round. Auburn lost to No. 7 Tennessee in the semifinals, 2-1.