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AU opens regional softball play

Auburn coach Tina Deese

SEATTLE, Wash. – Auburn’s softball team will go into NCAA regional play today with a head of steam.

The Tigers (39-17) have won seven of their last 10 games, five of them over top 25 teams and three over teams ranked in the top six. They won two of three at No. 23 Kentucky, two of three at home from No. 2 Georgia and beat No. 6 Florida in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Today, at 5:30 p.m. CDT, they play Brigham Young (38-16) in the first round of the NCAA Seattle Regional at the University of Washington.

In their stretch run, the Tigers have outscored their opponents 48-31. Sophomore Kelsey Cartwright had led the way, hitting .444 with five doubles in 10 games. Senior Kelley Smiley has hit .419 and driven in 10 runs.

“We are all excited to be here and have the opportunity to play in a great softball setting,” Auburn coach Tina Deese said. “Our team is looking forward to getting things started. We know we have a
tremendous challenge in front of us with playing BYU first. They are a good team and have had a very good season. We are going to have to be locked in and focused on doing all the little things right against
them.”

The Cougars won their third straight Mountain West Conference championship this season. They advanced to a super regional last season. Auburn is making its fourth consecutive regional appearance.

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