Eamon Smith | Sports Writer
Auburn volleyball will face a trio of opponents this weekend, with the first match against Florida A&M on Friday at 12:30 p.m. CST. The Tigers face Nicholls State and Belmont to round out the slate, looking to advance to 9-0 on the season.
Auburn will see if it can sustain its momentum from a 2-0 start this weekend when it faces Cal State Fullerton and Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday and Friday.
Rather than emerging from the pandemic beaten and exhausted, the Hockey Club is entering the year with a brand new staff hoping to provide students with fantastic entertainment.
“We made some mistakes early on,” said head coach Mickey Dean. “Tonight, we didn’t play good defense to give us an opportunity to stay in the game or even win the game. We had bad pitches in 0-2 and 1-2 counts. We just didn’t play well enough.”
Despite recovering from a three-run deficit twice, Auburn lost 8-7 in 10 innings against Alabama on Thursday. The loss was Auburn’s seventh by a one-score margin in 13 SEC games this season.
After taking a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, Auburn conceded five runs in the final four innings before losing the game on a walk-off in the 10th.
In a Sunday showdown, Auburn took home a 3-0 win over Missouri thanks to a strong outing by freshman Shelby Lowe. "We had really good defense. We had excellent at bats and timely hits to put runs on the board," Dean said.
The Auburn University Hockey Club is holding its annual jersey drive until March 16 to raise money for next season. This year's drive features newly designed hockey jerseys.
After dropping the series opener, Auburn blew out Boston College 16-1 on Saturday. The game quickly titled in favor of the home team when Eagles' pitcher Emmet Sheehan walked three straight batters, followed by a Cam Hill grand slam.
Despite having three players score in the double figures, Auburn fell to the No. 20 Lady Vols on the road this Sunday, 88-54.