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Monday, May 22, 2017

Another Showdown with Oklahoma Softball

I do believe that this Auburn Softball team was destined to play Oklahoma again after the heart breaking loss in the World Series final last season. Auburn actually scored 2 more runs than Oklahoma in the series, but lost 2 games. I actually attended the first game that was shown on the big screen at the Auburn Softball field and Auburn lost a close one 3-2. Of course, the second game went Auburn's way 11-7 and Emily Carosone hit a game winning grand slam home run. Auburn trailed 7-0 after the second inning and scored 11 runs to win that game in the 8th inning. Game 3 was a pitcher's duel and Auburn lost 2-1. Coach Myers stated after the loss that "I am very proud of these young ladies that play softball at Auburn University. They gave their heart, their soul, their commitment. They battled. They were relentless."

These two teams know one another well and I expect to see some great softball in this series. Auburn did play Oklahoma to begin this season in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and won 3-2. Some players to watch for Oklahoma are Shay Knighten (infield), Sydney Romero (infield), Paige Lowery (pitcher), and Paige Parker (pitcher). Players to watch for Auburn are Kasey Cooper, Haley Fagan, Kendall Veach (she hit two home runs in the 3-2 game earlier this season), Alyssa Rivera, Victoria Draper, Carlee Wallace, Kaylee Carlson and Makayla Martin.

Auburn will be adding 200 portable bleachers to the outfield for this Super Regional so my normal seating and tailgate area in left field will no longer be free. That is the price of success. I can remember when Auburn could barely fill up the stands prior to the Clint Myer era and the games were all free.

The series will begin this Friday at 3:00 p.m. CT on ESPN2. Game 2 will be at noon CT and game 3, if necessary, will be at noon CT on Sunday on ESPN. Also, you can listen to the games on 95.9 FM and the Auburn app. Brit Bowen and Brad Law call the games and they make you feel like you are at the game.

Thank you Clint Myers for putting Auburn Softball back on the map and I look forward to watching these girls play in Oklahoma City again.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Third Consecutive Super Regional for Auburn Softball

The Auburn Softball Team began their quest for their third consecutive Super Regional under the guidance of Clint Myers with an 11-0 win over East Tennessee State on Friday afternoon. Auburn scored 10 runs in the 4th inning to put this game away.

Makayla Martin got the win and only allowed one hit in this shutout. Kendall Veach gets my "gold" star for this game by going 2 for 2 with 3 RBIs. 

Auburn faced the Cal Golden Bears in game 2 on Saturday. The Auburn bats were alive again in this game with 15 hits and 4 runs. This game went 9 innings and ended with a walk off single down the left field line by Alyssa Rivera that scored Brittany Maresette who had come in to run for Carlee Wallace.

Kaylee Carlson started the game and Makayla Martin coming in to pitch 3 innings of relief. She allowed no runs and recorded two strikeouts.

Carlee Wallace may have saved the game in the 9th inning when she caught a runner in a rundown who had strayed too far off of third base. 

Auburn faced the Cal Golden Bears in a Sunday morning game for game 3. Auburn struck early and scored 7 runs in the first two innings. Auburn put on a hitting clinic by recording 16 hits and won 8-2. Kasey Cooper and Haley Fagan each had 3 hits and a home run to lead the offense.

Kaylee Carlson got the win and Makayla Martin came in for relief and notched her second save for the year.

I feel that this Auburn team is now playing their best softball of the year just in time for the Super Regionals next week. Auburn will play the winner of the Oklahoma/Tulsa game that will be played on Monday at noon CDT. Auburn only needs to win two more games to go to another World Series in Oklahoma City.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Auburn Softball Regional

This Friday, the Auburn Softball team will begin their quest for another appearance in the College Softball World Series in Oklahoma City. It will be a playoff atmosphere in Auburn, Alabama this weekend. If Auburn does win this regional, they could have a rematch with Oklahoma in the Super Regionals. If you want to attend and cannot find a ticket, there is seating outside the left field fence under the pine trees.  

Auburn Regional Brackets 

(Double Elimination)
Friday, May 19
Game 1: Notre Dame vs. Cal – 1 p.m. ESPN2
Game 2: Auburn vs. ETSU – 3:30 p.m. ESPNU 
Saturday, May 20
Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – 1:30 p.m. TV TBD
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 4 p.m. TV TBD
Game 5: Loser Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 – 6:30 p.m. TV TBD
Sunday, May 21
Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5 – 1:30 p.m. TV TBD
Game 7: (if necessary) – 4 p.m. TV TBD

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

SEC Softball Tournament Update

The Auburn Softball team only needed 3 hits to beat the Kentucky Wildcats today 2-0. Kaylee Carlson pitched another great game and she only allowed 6 hits. There were a lot of ground balls due to the pitch location and Kaylee Carlson's "Devastator" change up was freezing the Kentucky batters. 

Kendall Veach hit the game winning home run over the center field fence in the the bottom of the sixth inning and assisted with a key double play that ended Kentucky's scoring threat in the top of the sixth. 

Kasey Cooper seems to be swinging the bat well after being hit twice in the series with Alabama. She is certain to be a factor in the playoffs. 

Auburn will play the winner of the LSU/Tennessee game in the semi finals at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. Florida was upset by Ole Miss today so the final  could be interesting. Of course,  I would like to see an Auburn/Ole Miss final.

Enjoy watching this team play.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Near Miss in Tuscaloosa

Auburn Takes the Series with Bama

Saturday night was a record night for this Auburn Tiger Softball team and here are the highlights. They made history by winning their fifth straight game against Alabama 4-1 and it was the first road series that Auburn has won in Tuscaloosa. I will say it again. Clint Myers has done a remarkable job with this Auburn Softball team since he was named the head coach and congrats on win 200 at Auburn.

Makayla Martin got the start and pitched 6 solid innings before being relieved by Kaylee Carlson. Makayla does pitch for contact and many of the balls hit from her pitches are ground balls. She has excellent control and can really move the ball around the plate. Carlson got the save and ended the game in the seventh inning for the win. She now has 4 saves this season in relief. 

Kasey Cooper went out of the game in the fourth inning after being hit by an inside pitch on her left arm. It does appear that she does not have any broken bones and hopefully she can return to action soon. You could tell by her reaction in the dugout that she did not want to leave the game. 

Auburn scored 4 runs in the fifth inning. Alabama walked in the first run and Alyssa Rivera then hit a double and 3 runs scored.

I am heading to Tuscaloosa this morning for game 3 this morning. Auburn will go for the series sweep at noon CDT today and the game will be on ESPN2.

Enjoy the game! 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Cold Pitching Duel In Tuscaloosa

It was a cold night in Tuscaloosa and there was a record crowd in Rhoads Stadium for game one of this rivalry. Auburn secured a 3-0 victory in nine innings which is their fourth straight win against Alabama. You can review the highlights on the Auburn Softball Twitter page.

Kaylee Carlson pitched a gem of a game and threw 161 pitches in 9 innings. She was using her change up to perfection last night and the Alabama hitters had difficulty calculating when to hit the ball.

Alexis Osorio, the pitcher for the Crimson Tide was relieved in the eighth inning after posting 184 pitches, 18 strikeouts and 11 walks. Sydney Littlejohn came in for relief to end the inning. I am sure that the Auburn ladies were pleased with this move since they do tend to hit her well. 

The highlight of the night was watching the head coach of the Crimson Tide, Patrick Murphy be ejected in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes. It appeared to me that this move was orchestrated by the Alabama coaching staff to fire up the team. I think that Patrick Murphy is under fire now that the Alabama Softball team is no longer on top of the SEC.

The scoring began in the ninth inning when Kasey Cooper was hit by a pitch. Carlee Wallace got a base hit and Haley Fagan hit a slow rolling ball to the Alabama short stop and she made an errant throw to first base. Kasey Cooper scored. Kendall Veach hit a ball to left field that scored two more Auburn runs which is all Auburn would need to get the win.

Kaylee Carlson gets my game ball. I feel that she may be one of the best pitchers in college softball. Her change up is called the "Devastator" and the pitch usually freezes the opposing batters.

Auburn and Alabama will face off again tonight at 7 p.m. CDT on ESPN and Makayla Martin will most likely get the start. It will be a great night for some more Auburn Softball.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Auburn/Mississippi Softball Series

It was a perfect night for some softball on Saturday night and I just found a place to sit behind the left fence to rest from my bicycle ride around the Auburn campus. I could almost detect a playoff atmosphere in the air.

Auburn won the game on Friday night 4-2 and Kaylee Carlson pitched her 23rd win of the season. I will say it again. "She has the best change up in college softball". Victoria Draper had 2 hits and 1 RBI. Victoria is one of the fastest players in the SEC and once she gets on base, I always watch for her to steal. 

Here are the highlights of the game on Saturday night which is one of the best that I have seen. The night seemed to be magical with the "walk off" grand slam home run by Carlee Wallace. Auburn went into the last inning behind 2-1. Casey McCrackin led the inning off with a solo home run to tie the game so I was thinking an extra inning game. K K Crocker and Victoria Draper both had signals and Kasey Cooper drew a walk to load the bases. Carlee Wallace was at bat with a 3-1 count and she saw a pitch that she liked and blasted the ball over the center field fence to end the game 6-2. 

On Sunday, Auburn won 6-3 and Kasey Cooper became the all time RBI leader for the SEC. She added 3 more RBIs to her stats. She has the best eye for the ball in softball and could be part of the next USA Olympic Softball team. She has a 4.0 GPA in Mechanical Engineering which is not an easy curriculum. 

Makayla Martin and Haley Fagan started the game so their suspension is now over. Makayla Martin got the win and Kaylee Carlson got her third save.

Auburn will face a familiar foe in Tuscaloosa on Friday for a 3 game series. All games will be televised on ESPN2 or the SEC Network so be sure to check your local TV listings.