Coach Clint Myers (above) congratulates Kasey Cooper at the 2016 College World Series.
Auburn, Ala.--When the Auburn softball Tigers closed the 2016 season they came as close as possible to winning the College World Series as they suffered a 2-1 loss to Oklahoma in the championship game.
Clint Myers, head coach of the Tigers, finished fall practices over the weekend in preparation for the 2017 season that begins in February and noted that his team has a lot of improving it needs to do to make its third straight trip to Oklahoma City for the World Series.
“We are young,” Myers told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “We have 18 freshmen and sophomores and they have a lot to learn. It is not moving at the pace we like so we are a little more critical. It will come.
“We told them from the get-go it is your job to learn and catch up because we have got the players, the older kids, who are starting to perform pretty well,” Myers pointed out. “It is just getting the freshmen to the point they need to be.
“If you start looking at the Podanys, the Jordans, the McCrackins, the Fornises, the Veaches, we are starting to play pretty good with those folks,” Myers said of sophomores Morgan Podany, Whitney Jordan, Casey McCrackin, Bree Fornis and Kendall Veach.
“Those are the things we have got to do and we just have to keep going,” said Myers, who is headed into his fourth season as head coach of the Tigers.
The Tigers will be led by All-American third baseman Kasey Cooper and what has the potential to be a strong pitching staff featuring junior Kaylee Carlson and sophomore Makayla Martin.
“Our catching is going to be solid with (Courtney) Shea and (Carlee) Wallace and we will get Vic (Victoria Draper) and Madi (Gipson) back in the spring so there are two veterans who have been back through the wars,” Myers said. “We are going to be a good club. It is just getting just about getting our youngsters a little bit better. We are pretty excited.”
The Tigers will open the season on Feb. 9th at the Triple Crown Tournament in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. On the opening day they will play the Washington Huskies before taking on Oklahoma. The Tigers will also play Nebraska and BYU in the three-day event on the Pacific Coast.