Oklahoma City--Pitcher Lexi Davis called her junior year playing softball for the Auburn Tigers as a “season of firsts” for her team after the Tigers ended their season on Sunday at the College World Series.
After going head-to-head with No. 1 Florida for seven innings and battling the Gators into the ninth, the defending national champions finally pulled out a 3-2 win over the Tigers.
“We came in with nobody really expecting us to do anything and I think that kind of propelled us to want to prove people wrong,” said Davis, who finished with a 26-2 record.
“We knew with the coaching and the talent we had, we knew within ourselves that we could do it,” she said of Auburn’s first-ever trip to the College World Series. “I think that's what we went out and did.”
The Tigers won a school record 56 games, including their first-ever SEC Tournament title. They won the first NCAA regional in school history as well as the first super regional.
“We did a lot of things that no one thought we could,” Davis said of her team that finished the regular season ranked No. 4 nationally. Prior to this year the Tigers had never been in softball’s Top 10.
“That's a testament to how hard we worked, how great of coaches we have, And it's one (season) that we'll never forget,” the junior from Hoover said.
One of the team’s newcomers, catcher Carlee Wallace, said the season is one she will remember.
“It's been a lot of fun,” she said. “It's such a blessing to be a part of something this great. There is nothing like the College World Series and I'm just so proud to have been able to have been a part of this with my team.
“I think moving forward, this experience we'll be able to draw on these games and these tough situations,” she pointed out. “And yesterday (wins vs. Tennessee and UCLA on Saturday), I had probably the most fun I've ever had on this team. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we all had a blast yesterday. I mean, that's what you live for, those long-inning games.”
Carlee Wallace is fired up after a key hit in Auburn's Saturday night victory vs. UCLA.
The freshman, who had a strong finish to the season with her cluch hits, said she wishes the Tigers could keep on playing softball. “I'm sitting here and it's still kind of setting in that the season is over because I don't want it to be over. I don't want to lose the seniors. I love them to death.
“I think that it's just you really have to kind of sit back and take it all in and realize the season you had because, I mean, every team is different, but I know one thing is for sure there will never be another team like this, with all the different individual personalities and everything. I've just been blessed to have been part of such a great group of girls.”
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