Auburn, Ala.--After putting his Auburn softball squad through a full seven-inning scrimmage on Sunday, Coach Clint Myers said the Tigers are a long way from being a polished team.
“It was the first time to have an intrasquad (this preseason) and we played it like a real game,” Myers told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “We got 13 hits and we scored 12 runs so I am pretty happy there, but I am not happy that of the 12 runs 11 of them were unearned.
“We have got to do a better job of handling the ball,” he said. “We only made two or three errors, but as we told the girls one little mistake can lead to a four-spot or five-spot inning. That is stuff we have been really able to avoid in the past so we have to make sure we start understanding the consequences of misplays and things like that.”
Auburn, the defending SEC tournament champion, won its NCAA Regional and its NCAA Super Regional and then finished as the runnerup to Oklahoma at the 2016 College World Series in June. The Tigers will open the 2017 season vs. Oklahoma on Feb. 8th in a game to be played at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
“The pitching was good,” Myers said of the intrasquad performance. “I thought they attacked the zone. We had a couple of bright spots on the bases, but we still have a couple of things to learn there.
Kaylee Carlson pitches vs. UCLA in the 2016 College World Series. She will be a junior this season for the Tigers.
“Right now we are still working on how to truly understand how to play the game,” the coach pointed out. “We have got three weeks until we play a game so we have got some time. We just have to go out there and play.”
The coach noted that he wants to see consistent performances from all of his players on a “day-in, day-out” basis in the coming weeks. “That is the key thing,”?Myers said. “Right now, that is not what we are getting.
“It is about being on a plateau and having an even line with no peaks or valleys in a person’s game,” the Hall of Fame coach added.
Kasey Cooper, a returning All-American for her senior year, homered with this swing in Sunday's scrimmage.
The Tigers also have games scheduled vs. Washington, Nebraska and BYU on their trip to the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Auburn will open its home schedule on Feb. 16th vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.