Auburn, Ala.--Frustrated by going nine consecutive official at-bats without a hit, three-time All-American third baseman Kasey Cooper turned to her teammates for help.
“Carlee (Wallace) was sitting on the bench and I said, ‘Carlee, come talk to me. She asked me what and I said, ‘What’s your approach? She said, ‘No regrets. I am swinging. I have no regrets, I am swinging with everything I have because right now I have nothing to lose and you should try it.”
Cooper said she asked several more teammates what they were seeing and she was told that she was thinking “too much” and it was time to come out swinging. “Their plan worked,” Cooper said.
Cooper’s RBI?single tied the game tied Saturday’s Auburn NCAA Softball Regional game vs. Cal at 3-3.
Cooper’s leadoff single in the ninth inning was the first of four hits for the Tigers in the inning as Auburn took a 4-3 victory to advance to Sunday’s game needing just one more victory in two chances to advance to the super regional.
“It was a very important game,” Cooper said, noting that the Tigers needed to stay out of the losers bracket and avoid the possibility of Cal being declared the regional winner if weather prevents games from being played on Sunday and Monday. NCAA officials told the teams that no game can be played after Monday after previously stating all games had to be completed on Sunday.
“We didn’t want to be put out by a contingency,” Cooper said.
The third baseman said the Tigers, who improved to 47-10 with the win, do well in close games for a reason. “It’s because we play as a team. We play as one.”