Oct. 1, 2012
Auburn, Ala. - The Auburn softball team begins fall play this Thursday, Oct. 4, with a pair of games at Jane B. Moore Field. The Tigers will play each Thursday at home during the month of October.
The Tigers opened fall practice the week of Sept. 17, but were forced to wait through consecutive days of rain before taking the field as a team for the first time.
"Aside from rain delays, practice has been very productive for us," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "The team is developing good chemistry and getting stronger. We have a lot of talented, heads-up ballplayers on the roster."
In addition to 11 returning letterwinners from last season's team, the Tigers feature nine freshmen on the roster.
"They (freshmen) have come in and survived the first few weeks of workouts," Deese said. "They have managed pretty well and they have done a nice job of getting through it. They are hungry to get better."
With eight exhibition games on the fall schedule, Deese noted the Tigers will take advantage of the opportunities to compete and spring-board their development into the 2013 regular season which begins in February.
"We're looking to win and develop chemistry on the field in these games," Deese said. "We are looking forward to seeing what we've got and how the competition at each position shakes out. We're going to see where our pitching is at and learn from each chance we get."
Auburn will take on Shelton State at 5 p.m. and then take on Lurleen B. Wallace Community College at 7 p.m. in the first Thursday of competition. Shelton State and Wallace Community College will play in the first game of the day at 3 p.m.
On Thursday, Oct. 11, the Tigers play Chattanooga State at 5 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. game against Snead State. Chattanooga State and Snead State play at 3 p.m. Chattanooga State claimed the 2012 junior college national championship.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, Auburn hosts Central Alabama Community College at 5 p.m. and then plays Southern Union at 7 p.m. Central Alabama and Southern Union open the day's action with a 3 p.m. game.
The Tigers close-out the fall slate of games on Thursday, Oct. 25, with a 5 p.m. game against Pensacola Community College and a 7 p.m. game against Faulkner State. Faulkner State and Pensacola will play at 3 p.m.
October 4th (All game times are Central) LB Wallace vs. Shelton State - 3 p.m. Auburn vs. Shelton State - 5 p.m. Auburn vs. LB Wallace - 7 p.m.
October 11th Snead State vs. Chattanooga State - 3 p.m. Auburn vs. Chattanooga State - 5 p.m. Auburn vs. Snead State- 7 p.m.
October 18th CACC vs. Southern Union - 3 p.m. Auburn vs. CACC - 5 p.m. Auburn vs. Southern Union - 7 p.m.
October 25th Faulkner State vs. Pensacola - 3 p.m. Auburn vs. Pensacola - 5 p.m. Auburn vs. Faulkner State - 7 p.m.