Auburn's Hilary Mavromat hit a seventh inninng solo home run in the Tigers' 2-1 loss to Eastern Division Champion Tennessee in the first round of the SEC Softball Tournament.( Auburn photo / Melisa Hazeldine)
Last year the Auburn Softball Team was eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the SEC Tournament by Tennessee 2-1 in Oxford, Miss.
Today the Tigers experienced a bit of déjà vu as Auburn was eliminated from the 2012 Tournament by Tennessee, once again by the score of 2-1.
It was a pitcher's day as the two teams went into the seventh with the Vols nursing a two run lead. In the top of the inning Tennessee pitcher Ellen Renfroe forced Caitlin Jordan to pop up to the shortstop for the first out. Then Branndi Melero hit a fly ball to center for the second out.
Hilary Mavromat came up and drove a 1-1 pitch over the left-center fence for a solo home run, making it a 2-1 game. However, Renfroe was able to get Caitlin Schultze to ground out to third to end the Tiger threat.
"I'm really proud of the way we played today," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Obviously, we would have liked to get the win but we came out and played really well. We were aggressive, played well up the middle defensively and made Tennessee work. Jenee Loree did a very good job against their hitters."
The No. 5 Volunteers improved to 46-9 and advance to the semifinal round while the Tigers' record stands at 33-21. That record coupled with a 30 RPI rating should be enough to land a bid to play in the up coming NCAA Tournament.