No. 14 Auburn puts series winning streak on the line in Lexington

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Casey McCrackin (11) Softball vs Tennessee on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Auburn, Ala. Cat Wofford/Auburn Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AUBURN ATHLETICS) – Looking to find its footing in the Southeastern Conference standings, No. 14 Auburn (34-10, 9-6) travels to No. 23/24 Kentucky (26-18, 9-9) for a three-game series starting on Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m.

The entire series is being broadcasted to a national audience as Saturday and Monday’s games can be seen on SEC Network at 6 p.m. CST each night. On Sunday, the two teams will play on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. CST. In addition, all three games can be heard on the Auburn Sports Network.

“You can’t look at wins and losses, because everyone plays a tough schedule,” said Auburn head coach Mickey Dean. “Conference (play) is going to be tough, but most of the teams in the SEC are going out and playing other (non-conference) Power Five schools and Kentucky is no different. The record … you can’t really look at that; you have to look at how they’re performing and if they’re in
games and they have been.”

Auburn heads to Lexington, Ky., in sixth in the SEC standings with Kentucky knocking on the door in seventh. The Tigers have won the last 10 straight games against the Wildcats to take a commanding 41-17 series lead.

Auburn hasn’t dropped a game in Lexington since March 30, 2014 when Kentucky upended the Tigers 2-1.

QUICK HITTERS:

– For the first time since April 23, 2016 against Georgia, Auburn scored at least one run of every inning when the Tigers put up two runs in four innings against Alabama State on Wednesday, April 17. 

– Alyssa Rivera tied the program’s single-game stolen base record when the junior outfielder swiped three bases against Alabama State. The last person to accomplish this feat was Morgan Estell against then-No. 4 Alabama on March 23, 2013. 

– Against Alabama State, every defensive out record by Auburn was either via groundballor strikeout (11 groundouts, 4 strikeouts).

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