Sophomore pitcher (above) is one of the players who has had major success in postseason play.
Auburn, Ala.--Auburn will try to make SEC softball history and build momentum for the NCAA Tournament in the process.
Coach Clint Myers will take his team to Knoxville, Tenn., as his Tigers look to win the SEC Tournament for a third straight season.
“That would be something that would be very, very special because first, it has never been done,” Myers said. “Two, it would also make a statement that we are a team that has a chance to win a national championship.”
Auburn, which is 17-7 in league play, goes into the tournament as the No. 2 seed behind regular season champion Florida, which finished 20-3 in league play. One of those losses was in Gainesville to the Tigers who missed taking two out of three because of a dropped fly ball.
“We have scuffled all year long,” Myers said. “It has been a crazy year with a lot of things going on, but I like the resiliency of these kids who go out and continue to figure out ways to win.”
Clint Myers congratulates Carlee Wallace as she heads home with a grand slam homer.
Overall, the Tigers bring a 45-9 record into the tournament where they will face No. 7 seed Kentucky, which defeated No. 10 seed South Carolina 7-3 in the opening round on Wednesday. The Tigers have not played the Wildcats this season. Kentucky is 36-16 and finished the SEC regular season with a 12-12 record. The Wildcats are No. 17 nationally in RPI and a win over the Tigers could help UK’s case to play an NCAA regional at home.
Myers said he did not have a preference on which team the Tigers play. Instead, he noted that he wants to see his team’s pitching continue to be strong combined with good defense and timely hitting.
“If we can carry all of those into the SEC it will be us and Florida on Saturday night,” Myers said.
Florida is ranked No. 1 nationally in the polls and RPI. Auburn is No. 3 in RPI and No. 7 and No. 8 in the polls.