Clint Myers (above) wants his team focused for the upcoming postseason.
Auburn, Ala.--After winning its last four games, including a sweep of the final SEC home series vs. Mississippi State, the Auburn softball team will try to continue to enhance its resume for the postseason when the Tigers play at Alabama for three games beginning on Friday.
Asked if he is expecting a “big” series this week, Myers replied, “That’s what they say. This is my first time to Tuscaloosa. We have been here four years and this will be my first time. I know what it was like with the Auburn fans when Alabama came in, but I have no idea. Everybody says it is going to be a great experience...or at least an experience.”
The Tigers are 43-8 overall with a 15-6 SEC record. Alabama is 39-14 going into a Monday night contest vs. Ole Miss and the Tide is 11-8 in league games.
Auburn has won the SEC Tournament the past two seasons and Myers noted that a key to doing that is finishing in the top four in the regular season standings, which gives those teams a bye into the quarter-finals of the tournament. This year event will be played May 10-13 at the University of Tennessee.
Last year the Tigers defeated Alabama 6-4 in the quarter-finals, Florida 2-1 in the semi-finals and outscored LSU 7-1 in the championship game at Starkville, Miss.
Alyssa Rivera leads the Tigers in batting average at .402 and the freshman has performed well in right field.
“There are five teams playing for four spots,” said Myers, whose Tigers are in third place, half a game ahead of 14-6 Tennessee and a half game behind 15-5 Texas A&M. Florida leads the league at 20-3 after losing on Sunday to Tennessee. Alabama is fifth at 11-8 while LSU and Kentucky are tied for sixth place at 11-10.
“We have just got to take care of business,” Myers said. “If we get help, we get help.
Friday’s game at Alabama is set for a 6 p.m. CDT start with TV coverage on the SEC Network. Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. contest and the noon regular season finale are scheduled for TV coverage on ESPN2.