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Auburn Softball Star Kasey Cooper Says Her Tigers Are Ready for SEC Play

The Auburn softball Tigers improved their record to 19-3 with strong pitching and key hits by Kasey Cooper.

Kasey Cooper (above) is shown in action at third base int he Wilson/DeMarini Classic.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn’s only returning All-American from last year’s softball team, Kasey Cooper drove home four runs on Sunday as the Tigers posted an 8-0 run-rule victory over College of Charleston to close play in the Wilson/DeMarini Classic.

Cooper, who came into week batting .250, boosted her average to .310 for the season as her team won five more times. Four were run-rule victories and the other was an 8-1 win vs. Texas State.

The senior third baseman drove in two of Auburn’s three runs in the second inning with a double off the wall. Coper drove home two of AU’s five runs in the third inning with a single. 

The Tigers pounded out 17 hits vs. College of Charleston on Saturday, but won with just five hits on Sunday with plenty of help from nine bases on balls.

“It was a good day,” Cooper said. “We took our walks when we needed to and we got the job done. I thought it was a really good team performance.

“It wasn’t our best offensive day, but we’re ready,” noted Cooper, whose team will begin SEC play on Friday with a three-game series vs. LSU. “I really like the potential of this team.”

Auburn, which is ranked No. 2 nationally, improved its record to 19-2. Kaylee Carlson, who pitched three innings and allowed three hits, improved her record to 11-0. Makayla Martin pitched the fourth and fifth innings.

The Tigers will return to action on Wednesday night with a 6 p.m. home contest vs. Alabama State. They will play LSU on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.

“We like to take our season and divide it into sections,” said Cooper, the 2016 SEC Player of the Year. “The first section is almost done. The second section is SEC. You have to earn your right in practice to have the possibility of playing in the games. We are looking forward to hosting LSU. We know it is going to be a battle.”

The third section of Auburn’s season is postseason play which doesn’t begin until May 10th when the SEC Tournament starts.

Against College of Charleston the Tigers scored on a Jenna Abbott double, a single by Haley Fagan plus a wild pitch and passed ball.

“Our philosophy is that we attack our zone,” said Coach Clint Myers. “When we attack our zone, we get a lot of walks. It’s the ability to go out and make (pitchers) come to the plate.”

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