Auburn softball heads to Oklahoma City on Monday for the Women's College World Series.
Auburn, Ala.--The day after the Auburn Tigers (54-10) beat Arizona twice on Sunday to advance to a second consecutive Women's College World Series, Coach Clint Myers' team got a royal sendoff as a big group of fans were on hand to see the team off as it heads to Oklahoma City.
A team that had to face challenge after challenge this season with injuries impacting them throughout the season and playing with a target on their back for the first time ever in program history, the Tigers are back in the world series once again and Myers said the team is ready to build on what it accomplished last season.
"The excitement is unbelievable," Myers said. "They're in there now getting their World Series stuff and they're really pumped about that. The nicest and the best thing is you can see the joy on their faces because they know they've worked really hard and this is just the fruits of that labor.
"I'm extremely proud of them, how they've handled themselves and how they've played. It's just been a great ride. We're really excited about going and representing Auburn and Alabama in the College World Series."
That excitement carried over from the team to its fans all season long as record crowds came out to watch the Tigers play all season long, culminating with perhaps the largest home crowd ever on Sunday to see Auburn finish off Arizona. Now with many of those same fans ready to travel to Oklahoma City, Myers said the support is something this team and coaching staff really appreciates as they try to bring home a national championship.
"The fans, I can't speak enough about the fans," Myers said. "They have been awesome all season long. Look at the heat yesterday and we had the biggest crowd of the year yesterday. They didn't leave for the second game. The 300 people we had standing in left field, they had a great time. We had well over 2,000 people there. These fans mean so much to the girls because of their support and energy. They feed off that energy. They don't want to let them down. They're going to play their hearts out for a lot of different reasons and the fans are one of them."
Auburn will face UCLA in the WCWS opener at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday with the winner facing either Florida State or Georgia in round two.
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