Makayla Martin is a sophomore pitcher for the Tigers.
Auburn, Ala.--Clint Myers said his three suspended softball players are still working to get back in good graces of the coaching staff, but didn’t rule out the possibility that any of the trio might be available for action this weekend.
The Tigers will close their home regular season schedule with an SEC series vs. Mississippi State starting with a 6 p.m. contest on Friday.
Auburn has played the previous four games, including Wednesday night’s 14-1 win in Montgomery vs. Alabama State, without starting shortstop Haley Fagan, pitcher Makayla Martin and reserve outfielder Brittany Maresette. All three were arrested last Thursday on misdemeanor marijuana charges.
“They are still suspended,” Myers said at Thursday’s practice as those players were doing extra running drills with a team trainer, something that has been going on since earlier in the week.
“They are practicing,” Myer said. “Like we have said before, they have to earn their way back on to the team. When that happens that is solely up to them. They are in uniform, they are on the team--they are just not eligible to play.”
Asked if there is a chance that any of the trio could see action this weekend, Myers replied, “It is always possible. I have not said that there is no chance they are going to play.
“I am an old-school type of guy--they have got to earn it,” he added. “We as coaches met today. They have some consequences of their doing and those have got to ben taken care of. Once those are taken care of and they have earned the trust of the coaches and their teammates to come back, then, hey, they can come back. When that is it is solely up to them.”
The Tigers are 40-8 overall and 12-6 in SEC play. Mississippi State is 34-15 overall and 8-10 in the league.
“The problem with Mississippi State is they are unpredictable,” Myers said. “They will go out lose to somebody they shouldn’t and then will go out and win against somebody they shouldn’t beat. They are very inconsistent. It is what team shows up.
“They clearly have got some arms in the circle that have done a pretty good job of pitching and shut some pretty good bats down, but at the same time the same pitchers have given up 10 runs against teams that are not in the SEC. Those are the teams that kind of worry you because you really don’t know what to expect.”
Myers said he liked the way his team played on Wednesday night. The Tigers hit the ball hard, turned three double plays and committed errors. “It was fun, it was enthusiastic,” pointed out, adding, “We want to keep the enthusiasm and the moment from last night.”
None of this weekend’s games are scheduled for television, but all three are available on-line at SEC+ as the teams met for game two at 6 p.m. on Saturday and game three at noon on Sunday at Jane B. Moore Field.