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Auburn Softball Debuts 10 Game Home Stand Tonight

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Tiger Softball Begins another exciting season tonight at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn

The Auburn softball team will play their first game of the season tonight at 6 p.m. at home when they host Alabama State in the first game of the 2012 Tiger Invitational Tournament.

With several new faces on the 2012 team, the Tigers were picked to finish third in the SEC West. However, with seniors Elizabeth Eisterhold, Lauren Schmalz, Lauren Guzman, and preseason All- SEC sophomore Morgan Estell returning, look for them to contend for the Division championship.

Last year Auburn went 15-13 in the SEC and reached the semifinals of the SEC Tournament after beating No. 3 Florida. They finished the season 40-19 overall after advancing to their fourth consecutive NCAA Regional Tournament.

Teams in the Tiger Invitational include Auburn, Alabama State, Bowling Green, Wright State and Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne.

And next weekend (Feb. 17-19) fans will have the chance to watch the Tigers play four top 25 teams when they host the inaugural SEC/ACC/Big 12 Challenge Tournament. Those four teams include No. 5 Oklahoma, and No.11 Oklahoma State, No. 23 Georgia Tech, and No. 3 Alabama. The Tigers will play a total of 11 top 25 preseason teams this year.

Coach Tina Deese said the Tigers are excited about the 10 game opening home stand. "Our players really enjoy playing at home and our fans always come out and ... make it an exciting atmosphere."

Game time begins at 6 p. m. at Moore Field. Go Tigers!