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Oct. 17, 2006
AUBURN - The Auburn softball team will play 18 opponents that advanced to the 2006 NCAA Tournament field in its 2007 schedule, which was released Tuesday by head coach Tina Deese.
Among the tournament teams are 2006 NCAA Women's College World Series teams Alabama and Tennessee, whom the Tigers will play in separate Southeastern Conference series.
The 2005 NCAA champion, Michigan, will play Auburn for the second straight season in a matchup in Columbus, Ga., at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Tigers are scheduled for at least four games from Feb. 23-25 at the tournament, and will play North Carolina, Southern Illinois and Hofstra - all 2006 NCAA postseason clubs - in addition to Michigan.
The Tigers open their 2007 campaign Feb. 8 at the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Hawaii Paradise Classic in Honolulu, where they will play 2006 NCAA Tournament teams Nebraska and Portland State, as well as DePaul, which advanced to the 2005 NCAA Women's College World Series.
Auburn will host the Tiger Invitational for the seventh straight season from Feb. 16-18, which will feature Tennessee Tech, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Tulsa and UAB at Jane B. Moore Field. Just two days prior, on Feb. 14, the Tigers will play their home opener against Georgia State at 5 p.m. CT.
Also on Auburn's schedule is a trip to Tampa, Fla., for the first time since 2003. South Florida hosts its Louisville Slugger Tournament featuring the Bulls, Utah, Central Michigan, Maryland and New Mexico State.
The Tigers open the 2007 conference season at Kentucky in a three-game series against the Wildcats beginning March 10. Auburn's SEC home opener is scheduled for a mid-week doubleheader against Georgia on March 14.
The SEC has reduced the conference schedule from 30 to 28 games this season. Teams are still scheduled to play one mid-week series on the road and one at home, but will only play a doubleheader instead of a three-game series. The Tigers play their home mid-week doubleheader against Georgia and travel to Fayetteville to play Arkansas on March 27.
The SEC Tournament comes to Auburn in 2007, with the Tigers hosting the single-elimination tournament from May 10-12. Four games are scheduled for the first day, followed by two on May 11. The tournament's championship game will be held on May 12. For tickets, contact the Auburn Ticket Office at (334) 844-4040.