Cooper Named National Freshman of the Year

Auburn softball player Kasey Cooper has been recognized for her outstanding play as a freshman for the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Kasey Cooper's record-setting first season as an Auburn softball player was recognized on Tuesday as the third baseman was named a co-winner of the inaugural Division I Freshman of the Year Award.

Outstanding at the plate and in the field, Cooper led the Tigers in batting average at .418 and set a single-season school record for home runs with 18. She led the Tigers in slugging percentage at .780 while striking out just seven times in 177 official at-bats.

The former Dothan High standout tied for the team lead in runs scored with 70 and finished with 77 RBI, one behind team leader Brandi Melero.

In the field she helped the Tigers post a 42-19-1 record with her fielding percentage of .977.

Cooper is sharing the award presented by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association with Annie Aldrete of Tennessee.

Clint Myers said that Cooper is an impressive player. "She is a very good athlete, she is highly intelligent and she is very coachable so when you talk about certain things she picks them up very well," said Myers, who took over the Auburn program for the 2014 season.

"She has developed this season and she works very hard in the classroom and on the softball field," Myers added. "She is a straight A student. Having somebody who can comprehend and learn as quickly as she does is an asset and she is having a phenomenal year."

Cooper, a lefty hitter who plays right-handed in the field, hit for power and average this season.

The coach noted that Cooper earned the honor. "We're excited that she is able to represent Auburn in such a great way and she had such a wonderful season that we're happy to see her hard work pay off," he said. "This award couldn't have gone to a more deserving person."

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