Auburn Hosts Kentucky In Final SEC Series
April 30, 2004
AUBURN -- The 15th-ranked Auburn softball team will look to wrap up second place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division this weekend when it hosts Kentucky at Jane B. Moore Field.
The Tigers (35-13, 16-10 SEC) currently have a half-game lead over rival Alabama for the No. 2 spot in the West. Three wins would seal the position and give Auburn a shot at finishing third overall in the conference.
"We know we still have work to do," said coach Tina Deese. "We've played really well lately against some very good teams, but now is no time to let up."
In the past two weeks, Auburn has won series against No. 13 Alabama, No. 7 Georgia and split a series with No. 2 LSU. In that span, the Tigers have climbed eight spots in the rankings to 15th, which is the highest they have ever been ranked.
Kentucky enters the weekend 25-28-1 and 6-21 in the SEC. The Wildcats dropped a series to Arkansas this past weekend. Kentucky does own three wins this year against top 25 teams.
"Kentucky is a team that, on any given day, can beat you," Deese said. "They've knocked off Alabama and Florida and South Carolina, so they've proven what they can do."
Entering this weekend, Auburn is three wins shy of matching the school record of 38, which was set in 2002. Senior pitcher Kristen Keyes is also one win shy of breaking the school single-season record.
Keyes, along with seniors Lindsey Chitwood, Cami Fenn and Martha Phillips, that will be honored prior to Sunday's game on Senior Day.
"It will be a special day, an emotional day for them as well as myself," Deese said. "This group has been through a lot since they have been here and it will be tough to see them go. Hopefully we can send them out with a couple more wins."
The action gets started on Saturday at 2 p.m. with a doubleheader. Sunday's game begins at Noon.