Haley Fagan (above) is a senior for the Tigers.
Auburn, Ala.--Auburn softball coach Clint Myers made his first public statement prior on Thursday concerning a Monday night incldent following his team's 1-0 SEC victory at Florida.
In the postgame handshake line senior shortstop Haley Fagan and Florida's head coach, Tim Walton, were involved. Fagan did not participate in a high five exchange with the coach, who appeared to shove the AU player and words were exchanged. Walton issued a public apology on Tuesday.
"It was an unfortunate situation," Myers said prior to his team's practice on Thursday. "I had a chance to visit with Tim Walton the other day and this has been a learning experience for everybody involved, and we have moved on.
"We are looking forward to playing a very good Georgia team this weekend," Myers said.
The Auburn coach added, "Haley and I have talked about this and those conversations are between Haley and myself. Like I have said, we have moved on." The coach noted that there is no discipline involved for Fagan and she will be in the lineup for Friday evening's game in Athens, Ga., vs. the Bulldogs.
Walton, who previously coached two of Fagan's older sisters and dismissed them from the UF team, issued this statement earlier in the week. “I apologize to Haley. I just wanted to congratulate Auburn on the win--it was a good series.
“My intent was to give a high-five to each opposing player as we do after every game. Apparently, her hand wasn’t up as I said ‘good game’ and I touched her shoulder. I should have paid closer attention and did not mean to upset her.
“I regret that this has taken attention away from the effort and sportsmanship both teams displayed all weekend.”
Fagan is making a comeback from knee surgery, which caused her to miss the entire 2016 regular season. She did see limited playing time as a hitter-only in postseason last year as the Tigers won the SEC Tournament, an NCAA regional and an NCAA super regional prior to finishing as runner-up at the College World Series.
Auburn, which is ranked fifth and seventh nationally in the Top 25 polls, will take on Georgia in a three-game series that begins with a 5 p.m. CDT contest on Friday. The Bulldogs are ranked 16th and 18th. Auburn is 28-5 overall and 3-3 in the SEC. Georgia is 27-7 and 2-4 in the league.