It's better for the only win of a three-game series to be the finale as was the case for the A&M baseball team at Auburn over the weekend as compared to winning the opener then losing the next two as the Aggie softball team did at South Carolina. Yet the bottom line if one out of three isn't going to get it done no matter when the one win comes.

The Auburn baseball team, only 13-17 in Southeastern Conference play last year, also took two of three a year ago from A&M as well and didn't make the NCAA tourney and the Aggies did.

A&M (14-7, 1-2) will play Florida (13-7, 2-1) at Olsen Field this weekend. The two didn't play in the regular season last year but the Aggies beat Florida in the SEC tournament.

A&M and Florida are unranked by the coaches. The Gators opened SEC play with Arkansas, which dropped from the rankings last week. Arkansas a la A&M won the last game of the series. They'll take different approaches to the series. Florida plays rival Florida State in a mid-week game while A&M takes on Columbia.

With conference series for the Aggies with Georgia (13-8, 1-2) and Alabama (12-6, 2-1) up next after Florida, this was supposed to be a time to rack up some victories. But that's debatable with the Aggies dropping two to Auburn and Alabama taking two from 21st-ranked Kentucky.

Any momentum the softball team had from bouncing back with two victories after a 7-0 loss to Missouri to open the SEC ended with the losses at unranked South Carolina. The 13th-ranked Aggies come home to 15th-ranked Georgia this weekend.

All games are big considering A&M (21-7, 3-3) will also play top-ranked Florida, fourth-ranked Tennessee, ninth-ranked Kentucky along with Arkansas and Auburn as the Aggies try improve last year's 10-13 league record.

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Robert Cessna's email address is robert.cessna@theeagle.com

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