September 23, 2022 By Vaseline

Softball walks to Birmingham to open Autumn Exposition

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn Softball hits the road for the first of five straight weekends of exhibition competition, opening its fall slate Sunday with two games against Pensacola State College and UAB in Birmingham.

“We’re looking forward to getting our first taste of competition this weekend,” said the head coach Mickey Dean. “We have several new faces on the team and fall is always a great opportunity to see how they react in game situations. This weekend will be a good indicator of where we are in our preparation for the season. Being on the road also allows us to create team chemistry.”

Auburn opens the doubleheader against Pensacola State at 3:30 pm CT before taking on the Blazers at 6:00 pm CT. Both competitions will be held at UAB’s Mary Bowers campus. All eight of Auburn’s Fall Show Panel competitions will be held on the street due to renovations at Jane B. Moore Field.

The Tigers are led by a veteran squad made up of seniors Lindsey Garcia, Carlee McCondichie and Maya Engelkes along with Aspyn Godwin, who is returning to the Plains for her fifth season after deciding to use her additional eligibility season granted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Auburn is also returning its All-Southeastern Conference selection from a season ago at the junior level Maddie Penta and second graders Bri Ellis.

After putting on one of the best pitching performances by a Tigress in two decades, Penta looks to continue her circle dominance. As the first All-SEC and National Fastpitch Coaches Association team selection in 2022, Penta led the conference in wins (24), earned run average (1.76), and innings pitched (195.0) while finishing second in the conference with total strikeouts (269). Penta became the first Auburn pitcher since Anna Thomson (2000) to surpass 250 strikeouts in a single season.

Ellis, who served as SEC Freshman of the Year, took the league by storm with her power, hitting 20 home runs and setting the program’s freshman record. A top 10 finalist for Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year, Ellis led the team in 15 multi-RBI games and totaled 49 runs in her debut season. When her second campaign officially begins in February, Ellis only needs 10 home runs to jump to 10th place in Auburn’s career history.

This weekend’s doubleheader will not be streamed, but fans can stay tuned to the Auburn Softball Twitter account: @AuburnSoftball.