Auburn, Ala.--As the Auburn Tigers traveled to Oklahoma City on Monday for their first-ever appearance in the College Softball World Series two of their key players said they have high hopes for their team’s chances.
“It’s really super exciting,” said junior pitcher Lexi Davis, whose complete game victory on Saturday vs. Louisiana-Lafayette clinched a spot for the Tigers in the eight-team field.
“It is something we have been talking about since last year,” said Davis, who has a 24-2 record this season. “Our dreams are finally coming true. We are going to go there and play the best we can so we couldn’t be happier.”
During Monday's Tigers Walk, Coach Clint Myers talks to Dr. Jane B. Moore, whose name is on Auburn's home softball field.
The Tigers are having the best season in school history and take a 54-9 record into Thursday’s 1:30 p.m. CDT game vs. LSU in Oklahoma City.
Asked about the reason for her team’s success, Davis said, “It’s all because of the coaches and how hard we have worked this season. It is really something that we have been dreaming of since we were little kids and we are happy we get to go.”
All-SEC third baseman Kasey Cooper said that head coach Clint Myers wants the players to enjoy the opportunity to play on the biggest stage in college softball. “He just tries to get us to relax, play loose and have fun,” the sophomore said. “He told us to enjoy the moment.”
Cooper added, “We just try to relax, have fun and remember it is a game--we have done it a thousand times in practice. It is just a new field.”
Kasey Cooper has been outstanding in the field and as a hitter for both of her seasons at Auburn.
After flying to Oklahoma City via charter flight on Monday out of Columbus, Ga., the plan is to hit the practice field to get ready for the rematch with LSU, a team the Tigers won two out of three from in the regular season.
Auburn finished a half game behind Florida, the SEC regular season champion, and won the SEC Tournament. With five of the eight teams in the College World Series from the SEC, Cooper said that the Tigers will take the field confident they can keep winning. “We believe we can do it and we know we can,” she said.
Commenting on what she sees as the key to success, Davis said, “I think we just need to play how we have played all year--just play Auburn softball. Good defense, good pitching and timely hitting is what we need to accomplish our goal. I feel like we are preparing and we should be able to do that.”