Jenna Abbott (above) plays first base, is a designated hitter and a left-handed pitcher for the Tigers.
Auburn, Ala.--Jenna Abbott, who has been part of three Auburn teams that played in the NCAA Softball Tournament, including two that advanced to the College World Series, said her Tigers are gearing up for another postseason run.
“We plan to win another SEC Tournament championship and we plan not only to make it back to the World Series,” she told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “We plan to win the World Series and why not? Senior year, best year.”
Abbott is batting .345 and in recent games has been on base regularly, partly thanks to bases on balls that helped her post a team-best .525 on-base percentage.
“That is pretty dang good, especially for a player off the bench,” Abbott said with a laugh when asked about getting on base so frequently.
“I don’t get it,” she said of all of her recent bases on balls. “You would think with me coming off the bench they would be thinking ‘let’s pitch to this girl’ instead of walking her. Maybe I just have a really good eye.”
Her eyes were both wet on Sunday when she was honored on Senior Day, especially when she got flowes and a hug from her head coach, Clint Myers.
“When I hugged Coach (Myers) I started bawling. Then, when Scott (assistant coach Scott Woodard) kissed me on the cheek I was like, ‘Oh, no’ because I?could not stop crying.”
Jenna Abbott is shown with Clint Myers at Auburn's Senior Day ceremonies on Sunday following a three-game sweep of Mississippi State.
Myers praised Abbott and the other seniors for what they have done to develop the softball program into a national power after winning back-to-back SEC Tournament titles and following those with trips to Oklahoma City after winning their regional and super regional tournaments.
“I feel like the players can’t take all of the credit for that,” Abbott says. “Coach Myers put a lot into us. He dedicated all of his time to us and in return we gave him everything we have. I think that being able to put forth so much effort out of 30 girls, it showed the potential we had.”
Before the Tigers head into postseason play there is unfinished business with a road trip to Tuscaloosa for three games this weekend vs. SEC rival Alabama.
“I think that is going to be cool to experience,” said Abbott, who noted that in her four seasons at Auburn the team has yet to play in Tuscaloosa.
“It is going to be a dog fight,” she predicted.
Auburn has a 43-8 record and is 15-6 in the SEC. Alabama is 39-13 overall and 11-9 in the conference. The first game is set for 7 p.m. CDT on Friday with TV coverage on the SEC Network.