May 1, 2013
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team travels to Fayetteville for a weekend series against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the final series of the 2013 regular season.
The Tigers and Razorbacks begin play Friday at 6 p.m. CT. Saturday's game will begin at 1 p.m. and Sunday's finale will start at 11:30 a.m.
Auburn (30-20, 7-14 SEC) enters the weekend in 11th-place in the league standings but still has a chance to earn a spot in the 10-team SEC Tournament. Auburn, South Carolina and Mississippi State each have a 7-14 record going into the weekend, but the Gamecocks hold the tiebreaker over the Tigers and Bulldogs and currently hold the 10th spot. Auburn holds the tiebreaker over Mississippi State.
"We need to go up to Arkansas and win, that's the bottom line," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Arkansas is playing as well as anyone in the country right now. They are coming off big wins over Missouri and Tennessee. They have a good lefty pitcher and we certainly expect to see her. They have a pretty potent offense and this is going to be a big challenge for us."
Auburn must win one game, at the least, against Arkansas and get help from Texas A&M (playing Mississippi State) and Florida (playing South Carolina) in order to advance. Seven teams have clinched a spot in the tournament with five teams (Auburn, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State & South Carolina) vying for the final three spots
Arkansas is 31-17 overall and 9-10 in the SEC and currently holds the eighth-seed in the tournament. Texas A&M is 8-12 in the league and holds the ninth seed. Should Auburn finish in a tie with Texas A&M, the tiebreaker would be decided by their season record against the highest seeded common opponent, which would be Arkansas as the Tigers and Aggies posted identical records against common opponents Tennessee (0-3), Alabama (1-2) and Georgia (0-3). Texas A&M swept three games from Razorbacks March 15-17.
The Tigers are coming off a doubleheader sweep of Appalachian State last Saturday. Sophomore Morgan Estell
scored a team-best five runs in the series, helping her set the Auburn single-season record for runs scored with 59. Estell is fourth in the Auburn career records with 114 runs scored in just 120 games.
Pitcher Marcy Harper set the Auburn record for wins by a freshman when she notched her 16th victory of the season in the Tigers' 9-0 win over Appalachian State in game one of the doubleheader. Harper's 16 wins are tied for seventh overall in the Auburn single-season records.
The games will be broadcast online only this weekend, along with live stats, at www.auburntigers.com.