May 29, 2012
Auburn, Ala. - Auburn concluded the 2012 season with a 33-23 overall record and a 12-16 record in SEC play. The Tigers finished third in the SEC Western Division and seventh overall in the conference. 2012 season notes:
- Auburn made its fifth consecutive, ninth overall, appearance in NCAA Regional play, going 0-2 in the Austin Regional May 18-20. The five consecutive Regional bids is a program record. Auburn lost its first round game, 2-1, to Houston. The Tigers were then eliminated from the Regional in a 6-1 loss to No. 8 Texas. It marked the first time since 2004 the Tigers failed to win a game in a NCAA Regional.
- Head coach Tina Deesepicked up her 500th win at Auburn and her 800th career win this season. Deese picked up her 500th win at Auburn in the season opener, defeating Alabama State 6-0. As the only coach in the team's history, the win was also the 500th for the Auburn program. Deese's 800th career win came on March 2 in a 5-0 victory over Syracuse. Prior to becoming the Tigers' head coach, Deese was the head coach at Huntingdon College from 1988-95, amassing a record of 286-123.
- Senior shortstop Lauren Guzman started 231 consecutive games, which is the longest streak in Auburn history. Guzman started every game on the Tigers' schedule since coming to Auburn in 2009. Guzman broke the previous record of 221 held by Ashley Griffin(2003-06) from Feb. 25, 2003, to May 20, 2006. Additionally, Guzman was last lifted from a game on April 13, 2010 and concluded her career playing 131 straight games and 904 consecutive innings.
- Senior catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold finished her career with an Auburn-record 70 base runners thrown out. Eisterhold posted the second best caught stealing percentage, throwing out 38 percent (70-of-185)of runners from 2009-12. Former AU catcher Sara Deanholds the record, throwing out 40 percent of base stealers from 2000-05. Eisterhold holds the Auburn single-season record for caught stealing percentage, throwing out 47 percent (18-of-38) of runners in 2012. As a freshman in 2009, Eisterhold tied for the third-most runners thrown out in a season with 22.
- Auburn posted a 3-3 record against non-conference top 25 teams in 2012. The Tigers defeated No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 23 Georgia Tech and No. 14 UCLA. Junior 2B Brooke Lathan led the Tigers with a .556 (10-for-18) batting average in those games. Senior SS Lauren Guzman, junior 1B Caitlin Jordan and sophomore CF Morgan Estelltied with a team-high five RBI in those six games. Auburn out scored those ranked teams 32-17, while AU pitching limited those teams to combined .200 batting average.
- Auburn out scored opponents 222-144 in 2012. The Tigers posted a 25-3 record when scoring three runs or more in a game in 2012 and an 8-20 record when scoring two runs or less.
- Several Tigers ended up ranked in the top 10 of Auburn offensive career records. Lauren Guzman finished eighth with 190 career hits, , tied for seventh with 98 runs scored, tied for 10th with 35 doubles, second with six triples, tied for sixth with 32 stolen bases, tied for seventh with 231 games played, sixth in total games started (231) and first in consecutive games started (231). Elizabeth Eisterhold ended her career in fourth place with 34 home runs, sixth with 119 RBI, first in runners caught stealing with 70 and second in caught stealing percentage (.378).
- Auburn's trio of senior pitchers also left their mark in the Auburn career records top 10. Angel Bunner posted the fifth-best career ERA (2.24), the fifth-best batting average against (.226), the fifth-most wins (44) and the eighth-most strikeouts (326). Jenee Loree finished sixth in wins (36), fourth in batting average against (.211), fourth in strikeouts (480), fifth in K's per 7.0 IP (6.9) and fifth in shutouts (11). Lauren Schmalz finished eighth in wins (34), tied for fourth in saves (8), fifth in strikeouts (364) and fourth in K's per 7.0 IP (7.3).
- The Auburn pitching staff recorded the fewest walks in program history, walking just 100 batters in 2012. Angel Bunner set the AU record for fewest walks in a season with 22, while Lauren Schmalznotched the second-fewest walks with 30. The staff also tied for the third-best ERA (2.01) in team history and set the second-best batting average against, holding opponents to a .204 average.
- Auburn's 46 home runs this season were the fourth-most in a single-season in program history. The Tigers posted a 19-12 record when hitting a home run and registered eight multi-home run games. McKenzie Kilpatrick hit the only grand slam for the Tigers in 2012, with that coming against Florida A&M. Eighteen of Auburn's last 25 home runs were solo shots, including the last 11 consecutive homers. Elizabeth Eisterholdled AU with 12 home runs, which tied for the sixth-most in a single season in AU history.
- Senior SS Lauren Guzmanwas named to the All-SEC Second Team after leading the Tigers with a .352 batting average in conference play. In SEC play, Guzman hit .333 with runners in scoring position and .355 with six RBI with two outs. Additionally, Guzman committed just five errors and struck out five times in league play. The Miami, Fla., native started every SEC game on the Auburn schedule since arriving as a freshman in 2009, a streak of 105 league games.
- Freshman CF Branndi Melero was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. Melero was second on the team with a .260 batting average in league games. A native of Canyon Country, Calif., Melero started every game in center field in SEC play and had a .514 (19-for-37) success rate advancing base runners. It marked the second consecutive season the Tigers had a player earn SEC All-Freshman honors after Morgan Estellwas named to the team in 2011. Melero is the sixth Tiger to earn All-Freshman Team honors.
- Auburn tied the program record for consecutive wins with 15 before suffering its first loss of the season. The Tigers' first loss this season came against No. 16 Michigan, 4-0, on March 2 at the Citrus Classic. The 2012 Tigers tied the record set by the 2011 team that won 15 straight from Feb. 12 to March 4, losing 6-0 to No. 10 Oklahoma in Norman.
- Auburn set an attendance record in its doubleheader against Alabama as 3,628 fans packed Jane B. Moore Field Tuesday night. That broke the previous high for a doubleheader of 3,125 set on April 3, 2010, also against Alabama. Although not counted as a single game, Auburn's first game against the Tide on Tuesday drew 1,822 fans which is the most fans to ever witness one game at Jane B. Moore Field. The highest single-game home attendance for the Tigers is 1,723 fans set against Alabama on April 13, 2008.
- Auburn set a season high with six stolen bases in its 2-1 win over Mississippi State on May 6. The six stolen bases tied the program record for most steals against an SEC opponent and were one short of the team single-game record of seven set against Mercer in 2003. The Tigers swiped six bags against an SEC foe once before, with that coming on March 18, 2007, against Ole Miss.
- Auburn has appeared on TV 20 times since the 2010 season, including three regular season and SEC Tournament televised game in 2012. Auburn's second game of a double-header against Alabama on March 27 appeared on ESPNU. The Tigers also appeared on ESPNU on April 7 against the Tennessee Lady Vols. Game two of the Auburn-Arkansas series on April 22 aired on Fox Sports Net/Sports South. The Tigers and Lady Vols played on ESPNU for a second time this season in the opening round of the SEC Tournament on May 10. Auburn's game against No. 8 Texas in the NCAA Austin Regional aired on the Longhorn Sports Network.