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    TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2007
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    BRADLEY HANDWERGER

    Auburn baseball still has a climb

    Even though Auburn baseball has won two of its past three SEC series, the Tigers aren't in much better shape to reach postseason play.

    The lesson: You can't start your conference slate at 0-8.

    That's a hole few teams have the fortune of working out of in a season.

    If the SEC tournament were to start Thursday, Auburn would be left out, sitting in last place in the conference at 27-16 overall, but a meager 6-12 in the league.

    The good news is that Auburn has closed the gap, and trails Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Bulldogs own the tiebreaker with Auburn by virtue of a series sweep. Tennessee more than a game in front of the Tigers, but have two more SEC games left than does Auburn. With 12 league games left, Auburn has not been eliminated, and still has a shot at playing itself into the Hoover-held tournament.

    Kizzire wins SEC tournament: Patton Kizzire pulled off a feat that only three other Auburn golfers have done when he took the SEC individual title at the SEC tournament this past weekend. Kizzire, a Tuscaloosa native, shot a 1-over 211 to claim the championship at the par-70 Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.

    Mazzaferro qualifies for diving worlds: Auburn freshman diver Dan Mazzaferro earned a spot in the 2007 summer World University Games with a sixth-place finish at the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships.

    Mazzaferro posted a career-best 402.0 on men's platform a day after finishing third in the men's synchronized diving competition. "I came in with the goal to make the World University Games," Mazzaferro said. "I knew from summer nationals that I could score in the 400s, and that was my goal, to go over 400 again."

    Another track-and-field record: The spring season for Auburn track and field couldn't be going better. Several weeks after Shamar Sands set, and then tied, his school record for the 110-meter hurdles, a teammate set another Auburn record.

    This time Cory Martin broke the school record for hammer throw. Martin had a record toss of 70.51 meters.

    Bradley Handwerger Bradley Handwerger
    DAILY Sports Writer

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