Auburn, Ala.--Heading into their final regular season home series that starts on Friday evening vs. 17th-ranked Texas A&M, a trio of seniors say they are focused on getting their team playing what they call “Auburn softball.”
The Tigers, who are in second place in the SEC, will try to finish the season in that position. To do that they must bounce back from their worst performance of the season in their last outing on Sunday when they dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Tennessee with a poor all-around performances.
“Every team has a bad day,” said All-American second baseman Emily Carosone. “We are going to move past it and move on.”
In losing back-to-back, run-rule games to the Vols, Carosone said it was the worst performance by one of her teams in her four seasons with the Tigers.
“It wasn’t Auburn softball,” she said. “It was disappointing, but I know we are going to overcome it. It is not like the whole season depended on that one day. We are just going to move on.
“Last week was definitely lack of focus,” she said. “This week we are focusing on little things...we are focusing on catching and throwing, the most simple part of the game, which we lacked last weekend.
“It was a wakeup call,” Carosone added. “We just can go out and expect to win. We have to put an effort in and we have to play ready to play every game.”
Pitcher Lexi Davis agrees with Carosone that the team’s two losses at Tennessee were a “wakeup call” and added, “I think it was something that not necessarily we needed, but something that opened our eyes that we need to get back on focus and use this week to regroup and get back to playing Auburn softball.”
Lexi Davis holds the Auburn record for most pitching victories.
First baseman Jade Rhodes said it is normal for a team to have a bad game or games, and predicted there won’t be any negative carryover for her final regular season home series.
At 45-7 overall, 15-5 in the SEC with a No. 6 nationally ranking in this week's coaches Top 25 poll, the Tigers are in position to earn a top eight national seed for the NCAA Tournament, but they need to take care of business this weekend vs. the Aggies.
“Obviously, in the back of our minds we think about the importance, but to be honest (the focus) is just to play another game,” said Rhodes, whose team will face the Aggies at 6 p.m. CDT on Friday and 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Texas A&M has a 35-16 record with a 7-14 mark in SEC play.