Carosone is a major reason why the Tigers are the top seed at the Auburn Regional and the No. 4 national seed for the 64-team NCAA Tournament.
Auburn opens play on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CDT in the opening round of the regional play vs. Tennessee Tech, the tournament champion of the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Tigers are the tournament champion of the SEC and Carosone had a lot lot do with that. In addition to being named the MVP of the event on Saturday night, she led off the ninth inning with a single, her fourth hit of the championship game, and scored the winning run in Auburn’s 6-5 victory over Tennessee.
“She had a phenomenal tournament,” said Auburn coach Clint Myers, whose team has a 49-9 record. “She played great defense and had key hits. She is just having a phenomenal year and she was very deserving of being named the MVP.”
Carosone’s batting average is .482 and she has scored 81 runs and has an unusually high number of RBI, 75, for a batter hitting second in the lineup.
“She is very deserving of being an All-American, in my opinion,” Myers said. “She has got the numbers and she has got the support. As the girls on our team said, she is our best player. We need to keep her going and get everybody else going in that same direction.”
Senior center fielder Morgan Estell, the team captain, is just as impressed with Carosone as Myers is. “What makes Emily a good player is she is just happy, go-lucky,” Estell says. “She just gets out there and doesn’t worry about anything, she doesn’t over-analyze anything. She gets out there and works hard--very, very hard.”
A second team All-SEC pick and a third team All-American as a sophomore, this year Carosone was selected to the All-SEC First Team and was voted her team’s MVP.
Going into the regional she has 17 home runs, which is one behind team leader Jade Rhodes, who is tied for the single-season school record set last year by Kasey Cooper. Auburn’s All-SEC third baseman, Cooper has 17 homers this year.
Cooper said that the Tigers can count on Carosone to make the routine plays as well as the highlight. "I have never seen someone that good and day in, day out she works extra and she wants to be the best she can be."
Emily Carosone covers first base on a bunt in Auburn's SEC Tournament victory over Alabama.
As Auburn prepares to take the field for the regional that includes No. 2 seed South Alabama and No. 3 seed UT-Chattanooga for the double elimination event that will run through Sunday at Jane B. Moore Field, Carosone said the Tigers will focus on the details that got them where they are.
“Not much is going to change,” she said. “We are going to keep doing the things we have been doing. That is our plan. We are going to go all the way.”
All the way for the Tigers would be a trip to the College World Series in Oklahoma City, something the Tigers have never done. However, first they must win a regional, something no Auburn team has done in 10 previous tries. If they can handle that assignment the Tigers would then have to win a super regional to punch their ticket to the World Series.
The Tigers have taken the first step to making that happen with the most impressive regular season in school history. This weekend at soldout Jane B. Moore Field on the Auburn campus the Tigers will try to keep their momentum going in a win or wait until next season situation for all four teams in the regional.
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