Auburn, Ala.--Three-time Auburn softball All-American Kasey Cooper, the 2016 SEC Player of the Year, is now a two-time member of Team USA.
Cooper, who will be a senior for the 2017 Tigers, missed the opening preseason practices this week to participate in trials for the national team being held in Clearwater, Fla.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to, first of all, play with the best,” said Cooper. “It was awesome down there. Every inning there was a great play. There were no average plays, it was all great.”
Cooper was one of 40 players invited to the trials and noted she “wasn’t sure” she was going to make the team until it was announced on Friday afternoon.
“Everyone did very well at the tryouts and it was up to the committee,”?she said. “They said it took forever because they didn’t know. They deliberated and I was ecstatic when I found out.”
The senior from Dothan was a key player in Auburn finishing as the 2016 runnerup at the College World Series to Oklahoma, the team the Tigers will open the season against on Feb. 7th in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Cooper has the AU?record for RBI with has a three-year batting average of .410 with 57 homers in addition to being a standout fielder at third base.
She used those skills last year to help Team USA capture the world championship with a 7-3 victory over Japan.
“We’re very excited for Kasey and she’s very deserving of this honor,” said Auburn Coach Clint Myers. “We’re excited for her to represent not only the Auburn softball program but also the country on the Women’s National Team.”