Kasey Cooper (above) plays third base for the Tigers.
Birmingham, Ala.--Defending SEC Tournament champion Auburn and defending College World Series champion Florida each have three players on the All-SEC Preseason Softball Team that was announced on Thursday.
Emily Carosone, a senior second baseman at Auburn, is on the all-league team along with senior outfielder Tiffany Howard and junior third baseman Kasey Cooper. Each of those Auburn players made All-American teams as the Tigers posted a 56-11 record last season.
Carosone batted a team-high .438 last season, the second best average in Auburn history, while scoring 88 runs, driving home school-record 80 runners and hitting 18 home runs. She was a first team All-SEC selection and first team All-American as a junior.
Emily Carosone prepares to throw to first base after a force out at second vs. Tennessee.
Cooper, who was also All-SEC and a first team All-American last season, was named to Team USA earlier this month. She batted .391 with 18 home runs as 64 home runs as a sophomore and like Carosone is a standout fielder. Cooper is also an Academic All-American.
Howard hit .415 as a junior while leading the Tigers in hits with 86. She scored 72 runs and posted a .525 on-base percentage. She had a streak of 52 consecutive games when she reached base on the way to earning third team All-America honors.
Alabama and LSU each had two players on the All-SEC team while Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee each had one player.
Coach Clint Myers will put his team through a noon scrimmage on Saturday that is open to the public at remodeled Jane B. Moore Field. That starts at 1 p.m. and the season begins on Feb. 11th with a 6 p.m. home game vs. Appalachian State.