April 3, 2013
Auburn, Ala. -
The Auburn softball team hosts the Ole Miss Rebels in a weekend series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The Tigers and Rebels will play Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Auburn is 23-14 overall this season and 4-8 in the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss is 19-21 overall and 1-11 in the SEC. The Tigers currently hold the 10th and final spot for the SEC Tournament, which runs May 8-11 in Lexington, Ky.
The Rebels are coming off a 12-game stretch of playing top 25 conference teams. The Rebels' first four conference series came against No. 15 Kentucky, No. 8 Missouri, No. 23 Georgia and No. 3 Florida. Ole Miss' only win in the stretch came in a 3-1 victory over Kentucky in Lexington.
"They have a new pitcher that we have not seen before," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We are somewhat similar in some areas statistically. It should be an exciting matchup this weekend. They have played some really tough competition and I'm sure they will come in ready to get after us."
The Rebels have been led in the circle by Carly Hummel who is 8-12 with a 4.36 ERA in 102.2 innings of work. RT Cantillo leads Ole Miss with a .336 batting average and five home runs, while Allison Brown leads the Rebels with 30 RBI.
The Tigers are coming off a series win against Mississippi State last weekend in Starkville. Auburn swept a doubleheader on Friday and was poised to complete the sweep, taking a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh of game three. The Bulldogs, however, rallied for three runs to claim a 4-3 win.
"We feel good and disappointed at the same time," Deese said. "We missed a chance to get a three game sweep, but we were still able to get the series win. We battled back in both wins and Mississippi State returned the favor in the last game."
The Tigers have made a habit of overcoming early deficits. Auburn has overcome deficits of three runs or more to win six times this season. The largest deficit the Tigers have overcome is five runs in the second game of a doubleheader against Mississippi State on March 29. Auburn won that game 7-5, marking the first time since 2006 the Tigers overcome a five-run deficit to win. Auburn fell behind Kentucky 5-0 on March 12, 2006, before winning 7-6.
Auburn has also overcome one four-run deficit, against Alabama State, this season and four three-run deficit, with those coming against No. 4 Florida, No. 4 Alabama and Kansas.
Radio coverage can be heard locally in Auburn on WEGL 91.1 FM and online, along with live stats, at www.auburntigers.com. Admission to all games at Jane B. Moore Field is free.