Auburn Sports: Softball ready to host Mercer

The No. 22 Auburn softball team will host a midweek doubleheader against Mercer today.

SOFTBALL

Tigers host Mercer tonight

The No. 22 Auburn softball team will host a midweek doubleheader against Mercer, beginning at 5 p.m. today at Jane B. Moore Field.

Auburn is 29-7 overall and 9-5 in the SEC after dropping two of three against No. 11 Tennessee last weekend in Knoxville. The Tigers held their No. 22 ranking in this week’s NFCA top 25, but moved back one spot to No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Softball top 25.

Mercer enters the two-game series with a 20-14 overall record and is coming off of a series sweep of Stetson. This season, Auburn is 18-1 at home and has out-scored opponents 122-29 in those 19 games.

TRACK & FIELD

Brock earns weekly SEC award
Auburn sprinter Keenan Brock has been named the SEC’s Men’s Track and Field Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Brock won the 100-meter dash and anchored the winning 4×100-meter relay team Saturday at the Tiger Track Classic at Hutsell-Rosen Track.

In the 100 meters, Brock nipped teammate and All-American Harry Adams at the line by .001 seconds, with both recording official times of 10.21 seconds that rank tied for third in the NCAA this year. Brock,  also ran the anchor leg on Auburn’s 4×100-meter relay team that won the event. The team’s time of 40.17 seconds ranks 18th in the NCAA this year.

Brock and the Tigers will return to action this weekend at the Seminole Invitational hosted by Florida State.

VOLLEYBALL

Opens spring season
The Auburn volleyball team, fresh off its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, hit the road the past two weekends for tournaments as the Tigers continue through the spring practice period. Central Florida hosted its second-annual Spring Fling Tournament in Orlando on March 26, while LSU hosted its LSU Spring Tournament on April 2.

Auburn competed in six matches in Orlando in the 15-team tournament. The Tigers defeated both Florida State and South Florida 2-0 and tied with Miami, 1-1. Auburn also tied against host UCF and Flagler, but fell 2-0 (25-23, 25-23) to Southeastern Conference-rival Florida. Florida State, South Florida and Florida were each 2010 NCAA Tournament participants.

At LSU, Auburn defeated Southern Mississippi twice, as well as defeating Louisiana-Lafayette, Nicholls State, Southeastern Louisiana and Southern by scores of 2-0. The Tigers fell to LSU in both matches.

The Tigers return to practice this week before traveling to Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Saturday for a tournament hosted by Middle Tennessee State.

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