Auburn defeated Jacksonville State this afternoon 14-2 and they will go to their second Super Regional in school history. Congratulations to Tiffany Howard for hitting a grand slam home run which was her second career home run in 8 days. If the USA had an Olympic Softball team this summer, I would not hesitate to add Emily Carosone and Kasey Cooper.
The Auburn pitching staff performed well in the 3 games this weekend. They only allowed 3 earned runs and Rachel Walters struck out a career high 10 batters when she came in for relief work in the 2-1 win over Jacksonville State on Friday.
Auburn will now face Arizona who defeated Tennessee this afternoon. It will be the best of a 3 game series. I did not hear too many people pick Arizona to beat Tennessee so this could just be a matter of fate since Mike Candrea, the coach of Arizona, coached against Clint Myers when he was at Arizona State.
I'd mention that Mike Candrea does have a gold medal from coaching the Team USA Girls Softball team in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.