Oklahoma City--Auburn’s record-setting softball season will come to an end with one more loss, something the Tigers will try to avoid on Saturday in a College World Series elimination game vs. Tennessee.
The Tigers and Vols are very familiar with each other after playing four times previously this season. In their last meeting Auburn pulled out a 6-5 victory in nine innings in the championship game of the SEC Tournament.
On Saturday at Hall of Fame Stadium the teams are scheduled to play at 11 a.m. CDT with TV coverage on ESPN. The loser will sack the bats until next season. The winner will play at 6 p.m. CDT on Saturday vs. UCLA in another elimination game.
The two teams that reach Monday’s championship round without two losses will face off in a best two-out-of-three format with single games on Monday and Tuesday and, if needed, on Wednesday.
“Tennessee is a well-coached, well-disciplined team,” said Auburn coach Clint Myers. “They know us, we know them, and it's going to come down to simple execution, not beating yourself, taking advantage of mistakes, timely hitting so those are the things that they preached and we preach. So it is just which team can go out there and do the things that they prepared for. If we can do that, then I like our chances.”
Sophomore third baseman Kasey Cooper starts a double play vs. LSU in the first softball College World Series game in Auburn history.
During the regular season the teams played three times at Jane B. Moore Field on the Auburn campus. The Tigers defeated Tennessee 6-2 in the series opener on April 2, lost 8-6 in game two and won the series finale 12-9.
Clint Myers offers encouragement to his team while coaching third base in Auburn's game vs. LSU.
Auburn takes a 54-10 record into Saturday’s play while the Lady Vols are 47-16.
Commenting on matching up against an opponent the Tigers have faced four times this season, senior right fielder Branndi Melero said, “You always feel comfortable playing against teams you have seen multiple times. You are facing the same pitchers that you face in the SEC Tournament and I feel like an SEC team playing an SEC team is kind of an upper hand for us so to us it is just like another game.”