Myers Named SEC Coach of the Year

Four Auburn softball players and Coach Clint Myers have been honored by the SEC.

Auburn, Ala.--After orchestrating a major turn-around for the Auburn program since making the move from Arizona State for the 2014 season, Clint Myers has been named SEC Softball Coach of the Year while four of his players have earned All-SEC status.

Junior second baseman Emily Carosone and sophomore third baseman Kasey Cooper are first team all-league selections. Junior first baseman Jade Rhodes and senior left fielder Tiffany Howard are second team selections.

Carosone is hitting .471 with 17 home runs and leads the Tigers with a .971 slugging percentage.

Kasey Cooper has been a standout at third base as a fielder as well as at the plate.

Cooper’s batting average is .407 and she has 17 of Auburn’s SEC-leading total of 93 home runs.

Rhodes leads the Tigers in home runs with 18 and has a .318 batting average.

Howard leads the Tigers in batting average at .476 and the leadoff hitter also has a team-high .578 on-base percentage.

Cooper, Howard and Carosone were also named to the All-SEC Defensive Team. The Tigers, who led the nation in fielding percentage last year, have been among the national leaders in that statistic again this season.

Emily Carosone is shown in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Auburn posted an 18-6 SEC regular season record to finish a half-game out of first place behind Florida. The Tigers have a 46-9 overall record going into Thursday’s SEC Tournament game at 10 a.m. in Baton Rouge. After receiving a first round bye they will face the winner of Wednesday’s game vs. No. 7 seed Missouri and No. 10 seed Mississippi State.

Auburn won two out of three regular season games at Missouri and did not play Mississippi State this year.

Currently ranked No. 4 nationally in RPI, the Tigers are expected to receive a bid to be a host for an NCAA regional.

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