Haley Fagan (above) is one of the Tigers' most experienced players.
Auburn, Ala.--A key player for the Auburn softball team, senior shortstop Haley Fagan, says the Tigers are still looking to improve, but she is seeing signs of progress.
With a 36-7 record going into a Wednesday evening home game vs. Kennesaw State the Tigers are ranked seventh again this week in the major polls and are No. 2 nationally in RPI after winning their SEC series 2-1 vs. Missouri with a 6-1 victory on Sunday.
“Obviously, there have been some little mistakes here and there, but Kaylee (Carlson) threw awesome and we got the hits when we needed to and Kendall (Veach) came through big,” said Fagan, who is batting .325 this season.
“I think as a whole our team is really coming together right now,” the senior shortstop said. “This week in practice we have some things we are going to work on.”
Fagan, who is making a comeback from a major knee surgery that forced her to miss most of the 2016 season, is an important player in the batting order at No. 3 in the lineup and with her glove at shortstop. She made several strong fielding plays in the Missouri series that made her smile.
“I love to contribute anyway that I can and defense is one of my favorite things,” said Fagan. “Being able to make plays for Kaylee when I need to makes me feel good.”
Carlson, who has a 21-2 record as a pitcher, said she appreciated the good defense that helped her pitch a three-hit, complete game on Sunday in a contest the Tigers didn’t have an error in while making several strong defensive plays. “It makes a lot of difference for us as pitchers,” the junior said.
Coach Clint Myers noticed the plays by his team in the Sunday contest. “We played pretty darn good defense,” he said.
After Wednesday’s game vs. Kennesaw State the Tigers will hit the road for a three-game series vs. South Carolina.