Makayla Martin (above) is a sophomore right-handed pitcher for the Tigers.
Auburn, Ala.--Auburn’s head softball coach, Clint Myers, joked after Wednesday evening’s practice that his pitching coach has been letting his hitting coach know who did a better job during the opening week of the 2017 season.
The Tigers opened with a 3-2 victory over defending national champion Oklahoma and won three of four games in week one at a four-team event in Mexico. Auburn lost 2-1 to Washington in 10 innings and bounced back to defeat Nebraska 3-2 and BYU 3-0.
On Thursday evening at Jane B. Moore the Tigers will open the home portion of their schedule with a contest vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
Pitching coach Corey Myers, the elder son of Clint Myers, watched sophomore Makayla Martin and junior Kaylee Carlson throw well in Puerto Vallarta. Martin has a 0.91 earned run average and Carlson is at 1.34.
Clint Myers led the Tigers to back-to-back College World Series appearances the two previous seasons.
Hitting coach Casey Myers watched the Tigers struggle at the plate. Auburn returned home with a .194 batting average, Last season the Tigers batted .317 as a team.
The first chance to improve that comes at 6 p.m. on Thursday against a Southern Illinois team that is off to a 5-0 start.
On Friday the Tigers will begin play in their Plainsman Invitational vs. Creighton at 2:30 p.m. followed by a rematch with Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
On Saturday the Tigers will play Evansville at 3:30 p.m. and Creighton at 6 p.m.
On Sunday the Tigers will play Mercer at 2 p.m.
The Tigers are ranked No. 2 nationally for a second consecutive week. Also for a second straight week they will play without first baseman Tannon Snow, who is out with an illness. Myers said on Wednesday night there is no indication when she will be ready to play.
Freshman second baseman K.K. Crocker, who was hurt at practice on Tuesday, is expected to miss this week’s games, but could be back the following week, Myers said. Crocker started twice in Mexico and Casey McCrackin started twice. McCrackin has missed practice time this week with the flu, but should be ready to play on Thursday evening, the head coach said.