Kasey Cooper (above) is shown at the 2016 College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Auburn, Ala.--Kasey Cooper was named Southeastern Conference Softball Player of the Week after leading Auburn to four victories and breaking an SEC record.
The conference announced on Tuesday that the senior third baseman shared the honors with Kylan Becker of Ole Miss, who had walk-off winning hits in back-to-back victories vs. Alabama, the team Auburn will play Friday through Sunday to close the regular season.
On Sunday, with a two-run homer in the first inning of a 6-3 victory over Mississippi State, Cooper broke the SEC record of 264 runs battled in set by Charlotte Morgan of Alabama in 2010. Cooper has 266 RBI going into Friday’s game in Tuscaloosa, which ranks ninth in NCAA history.
For the week Cooper batted .455 with two homers, seven runs batted in and four runs scored as she reached base 10 times in 16 plate appearances.
The three-time All-American said she likes the way she has been hitting the ball in recent weeks. “I feel comfortable in the box,” she said. “I just feel confident.”
In addition to her SEC honor, Cooper is a national finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, presented to a softball player who is outstanding on the field, in the classroom and in community service.
Kasey Cooper (above) is congratulated by her teammates after her Sunday home run that helped the Tigers sweep a three-game series vs. Mississippi State.
Cooper, the 2016 SEC Player of the Year, and her team will take a 43-8 record and 15-6 league mark to Tuscaloosa to play the Tide this weekend. Alabama is 39-13 overall and 11-9 in the SEC.
“None of us have ever played at Alabama while at Auburn University so it is crazy,” Cooper said. “We are looking forward playing at Rhoads Stadium with the crowd--against the crowd--and just having fun.”
The series will start with a 6 p.m. CDT game on Friday that will be televised on the SEC Network.