Carlee Wallace (above) is Auburn's starting catcher.
Oklahoma City--With half of the eight-team field at the 2016 College Softball World Series field being SEC teams it is no surprise that the Auburn Tigers are playing one in their second round game.
The Tigers will take the field on Saturday at 6 p.m. CDT in a winners bracket contest vs. the Georgia Bulldogs. The game was originally set for Friday night after Auburn whipped UCLA 10-3 in the opener and Georgia defeated FSU 5-4, but rain in Oklahoma City area led to a change in the schedule.
Junior Haley Fagan, who contributed to Auburn's win vs. UCLA with a double, takes infield at shortstop in Thursday's practice.
Auburn sophomore catcher Carlee Wallace and the Tigers worked out on Friday at Putnam City North High School to prepare for their fourth game against Georgia, a team the Tigers defeated 4-3, 12-3 and 2-1 in regular season games at Auburn.
“Georgia is a hot team, no question,” Wallace said. “They took out the No. 1 seed in the tournament, which is kind of a rarity I would think. It is going to be a great game.
Carlee Wallace gets tips for keeping her shoelaces tied from Coach Corey Myers during Friday's practice.
“Playing them three times before this is going to give us a little bit of advantage because we know each other,” said Wallace, who performed very well in last year’s trip to the World Series as the Tigers won two games and lost twice.
“We have got plenty of film, scouting reports and experience against them so we know their game plan, we know what they are going to do,” Wallace pointed out. “They also know what we are going to do as well so it is going to be a good matchup. It is not like we are going to surprise each other.”
Senior Jade Rhodes, a third team All-American selection this week, takes infield practice on Friday at Putnam City North High School's field.
First-year Auburn player Kaylee Carlson, a transfer from North Carolina, went the distance in Thursday’s victory over UCLA. Another newcomer, freshman Makayla Martin, is scheduled to start vs. Georgia.
Wallace says both have been major contributors to the success of the Tigers, who are 55-10, one win shy of last year’s school-record total.
“They are the difference, I believe, that is going to take us the three more days, which is our motto,” Wallace said.
“They have come in and accepted their role,” she added. “A lot of pressure comes with being the one with the ball each game, but I think they have done a fantastic job of taking on that role and kind of putting the team on their backs and saying we can do this.”
Georgia is expected to go with its ace pitcher, Chelsea Wilkinson, for Saturday evening’s game that will be televised on ESPN2.