Nov. 13, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn softball team will open its 2014 season with 27 of its first 33 games at Jane B. Moore Field as the first schedule for new head coach Clint Myers was announced today.
Overall, the Tigers will be the host for 36 games in Auburn with 12 coming in Southeastern Conference play and 24 in non-conference play. Five of its eight mid-week games will also be played at Jane B. Moore Field.
12 of its 2014 opponents also reached NCAA Regionals a season ago with six making it to the NCAA Super Regionals. Florida will be Auburn’s only opponent this season that reached the Women’s College World Series last year as it will play a three-game set this season in Gainesville, Fla.
Auburn will kick off the 2014 campaign by traveling to Troy for its season-opener on Feb. 6. It will then return home for a fifteen-game, three-tournament home stand that will take up nearly the entire month of February. Games against North Dakota State, Morehead State, Louisiana-Monroe, Tennessee Tech and ACC foe and NCAA Regional participant, Notre Dame, will make up the Plainsman Invite (Feb. 7-9) for Auburn’s home opener.
Then, the Orange and Blue will welcome Marshall, Loyola-Chicago, Nebraska-Omaha, Western Illinois and Winthrop for the Tiger Invitational (Feb. 14-16).The Thundering Herd will be the second NCAA Regional participant Auburn will face in the season as they are also the reigning Conference USA champions.
The long stretch will conclude with the Wilson/DeMarini Classic (Feb. 21-23) as Jacksonville State, Samford and Big Ten opponent, Purdue will descend on The Plains. Jacksonville State played in the Tuscaloosa Regional last year of the NCAA Tournament as it is coming off a Ohio Valley Conference Championship victory.
The Florida State Seminoles will be Auburn’s second midweek contest of the year as they will come to Auburn for a single game on Feb. 26. FSU is coming off a trip to the NCAA Super Regionals where they were ousted by Texas in straight games after reaching the ACC title game.
Auburn will get back on the road for its fourth tournament of the young season when it travels to Kissimmee, Fla., to play in the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic (Feb. 28-March 2) at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The opponents and game times of that tournament will be announced at a later date.
The Tigers will open its conference slate when LSU ascends upon Auburn for a three-game series (March 7-9), the first SEC series for Myers. The non-conference schedule will finish after the SEC opener when Troy returns the favor from the season opener and plays one mid-week with the Tigers on March 12.
Auburn’s final tournament of 2014 will be the War Eagle Classic (March 14-16) as Radford, IPFW, Savannah State, Ball State and Alabama A&M will visit The Plains for the three-day event. The Tigers will host Murray State just three days later in its only single team double-header on March 19 to complete the bulk of the non-conference portion of the 2014 schedule.
Auburn will return to conference play on March 21-23 when Mississippi State visits Jane B. Moore Field for a three-game series after being one of Auburn’s nine conference opponents to reach last year’s NCAA Regionals.
After a mid-week game with Georgia State in Atlanta, AU’s first conference road series will come in Lexington, Ky., against the Kentucky Wildcats. From there, Auburn will continue on the road for a second-consecutive weekend when it goes up with Florida for another three-game tilt.
Missouri will be Auburn’s third home conference series of the year (April 11-13) as the fellow Tigers are coming off an NCAA Super Regional appearance. Following that three-game stretch, Auburn will take the short drive to Montgomery, Ala., to take on the Crimson Tide of Alabama in just one game on April 16.
Auburn will finish the year on the road at Georgia (April 18-20) and South Carolina (May 2-4) and have a four-game home stand to finish out the home portion of the schedule against Alabama State (April 23) and Texas A&M (April 25-27). For Auburn, this year’s Senior Day will take place on April 27th against the Aggies. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
This year’s SEC Tournament will be in Columbia, S.C. at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field starting on May 7 and running through May 10. The dates for the NCAA Regionals will be May 16-18 with the Super Regionals occurring May 23-25. Finally, the 2014 edition of the Women’s College World Series will be May 29-June 4 in Oklahoma City.
All home games at Jane B. Moore Field this year will require a purchased ticket unless otherwise specified. All ticket information can be found here on AuburnTigers.com.
The journey begins for the 2014 Auburn Tigers softball team at Troy on Thursday, Feb. 6 with first pitch slated for 5 p.m.