SEC Rivals Face Each Other in Elimination Game Saturday


“SEC rivals face each other in elimination game Saturday” Written By Bill Plummer

Two teams very familiar with one another will meet Saturday at 11 a.m. when Auburn and Tennessee play.

It will be an elimination game so the loser will conclude the season while the winner will advance in the loser's bracket.

Auburn has won all three of the previous meetings including a 6-5 nine inning win in the SEC Tournament title game.

“You always feel comfortable playing against teams you've seen multiple times,” said Auburn outfielder Branndi Melero.

“You're facing the same pitchers that you face in the SEC Tournament. And I feel like an SEC team playing an SEC team is kind of an upper hand for us. So to us it's just like another game. Like we've done it before, and if we have to continue doing it, then that's what we have to do.”

Yes, it's another game, but it's an elimination game and a do or die situation for either team. This is Auburn's first College World Series since the softball program started in 1997 while the Lady Vols are making their seventh appearance and are 15-13 in the WCWS. Neither school is overloaded with seniors so the future looks good for each team.

Tennessee has two runner-up finishes, three ties for third place and one seventh-place finish. Only two Lady Vols have any previous experience in the WCWS with Tory Lewis and Cheyanne Tarango making their third WCWS appearance. Sixteen Lady Vols have played in three World Series. Twelve Lady Vols made their debut in the WCWS in Thursday's loss to defending national champ Florida.

Florida and LSU to meet for first time in WCWS

Florida and LSU will play in one of the two winners' bracket games Friday and this will be the first time the two schools have met in Oklahoma City. Lauren Haeger is expected to pitch for the Gators, and she is the first player in Division One to hit at least 60 career homers (69) and have a least 60 career wins (70). The right-hander threw the first WCWS one-hitter in Gator history on Thursday in beating the Lady Vols, who had inflicted her only loss this season, 2-1.

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Bill Plummer Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women's College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.

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