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Auburn Softball Comes Up Short … But Count on Tigers Going Back to Oklahoma City in 2018

By on May 27th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 4 Comments »
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Auburn coach Clint Myers will have the best pitcher in the SEC, Kaylee Carlson, back in 2018 (photo:Julie Bennett/al.com)

“In order to win, we’ve got to play better. We’ve got to perform better. We’ve got to execute better.” Words spoken by Auburn coach Clint Myers moments after his team was defeated in the Super Regional 5–2 by Oklahoma. 

While fans were disappointed, no one hurt more than the players themselves. The crushing loss not only ended their season but also eliminated them from playing in their third consecutive Women’s College World Series.

As they have all year, the No. 7 Tigers (49–12, 17–7) fought hard. Auburn ace Kaylee Carlson was true to form, completing her 21st game of the year, striking out three and allowing just six hits. Offensively, Casey McCrackin hit a solo home run, while the best softball player ever to play at Auburn, Kasey Cooper, drove in a run and was literally robbed of a homer—just inches from going out— by Sooner outfielder Macey Hatfield’s great catch at the wall. And, there were also singles by Victoria Draper and Courtney Shea.

But as in most high profile matches between two top teams, the difference came down to which team made the fewest mistakes. On Saturday, that team was Oklahoma. For instance, the Sooners (56–9) scored two runs in the sixth due to a miscommunication in left field and a throwing error on a double steal. “We got beat by a very good Oklahoma team,” said Myers. “They didn’t make mistakes. We did. When you are playing good teams, you can’t make mistakes.”

Nevertheless, Myers and his team have nothing to be ashamed of. In the four years since taking the helm at Auburn, the Tigers have gone from being a middle-of-the pack SEC team to one of the most feared and respected teams in college softball.

Auburn has been an SEC Tourney Champion, hosted three Super Regionals, and came within one run of winning the 2016 national championship. Make no mistake this program is special. It may not have won a national championship, but the bar has been set high for all those who follow.

The culture at Auburn has changed from one of expecting to have a good team to one of expecting to win championships. And with a top recruiting class coming in, you can bet the Tigers will be back in the chase for a national championship in 2018 …

Count on it!

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Auburn Softball Backs Are to the Wall … Drop Game One of Super Regional

By on May 27th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 8 Comments »
-28f58a556f3af09d Auburn dropped game one of the Super Regional to Oklahoma 4–0 on Friday. Makayla Martin pitched well enough to win, but she couldn't get run support from the offense. The Tigers had their chances but left runners stranded. You have to give credit to Sooner ace Paige Parker for some of that. She is one of the best pitchers in c... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball Hosts Super Regional – Baseball Awaits NCAA Tourney Selection

By on May 26th, 2017 in Baseball, News, Other Sports 1 Comment »
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The No. 7 Auburn Softball team (49–10) will host the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (54–9) at 3:00 p.m. CT in a rematch of the 2016 Women's College World Series finals.

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News and Notes from Auburn Sports

By on May 24th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 6 Comments »
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Auburn softball took care of business and will host a super regional again, setting up a rematch of last year's national championship game with Oklahoma. It's a slow time for football, but Auburn received the big news that Kyle Davis was back on campus. Rarely has the return of a player who seemingly contributed little to last year's team been so celebrated. Elsewhere, Vegas odds on Heisman and win totals have been updated. These stories and thoughts are just a click away!

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Auburn Advances in SEC Tournament

By on May 24th, 2017 in Baseball, News 6 Comments »
Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 2.36.30 AM Day one certainly didn't come easy for an Auburn team that has struggled mightily in the month of May, but they live to see another day in the SEC Tournament following a 5–4 win over Ole Miss in the first round. The Rebels took an early 2–0 lead before the Tigers broke it open in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from a... Read Full Story

Auburn and Ole Miss Meet in a Rematch Today in SEC Tournament

By on May 23rd, 2017 in Baseball, News 5 Comments »
636229536197567448-au1 For most of this baseball season, Auburn was near the top of the league standings. Then came a seven-game skid precipitated by the loss of ace Casey Mize. In less than three weeks the Tigers slipped from No. 1 to the middle of the pack. Today the No. 23 Tigers will begin play in the SEC Tournament. Instead of getting a first rou... Read Full Story

Austin Golson Named to Rimington Trophy Watch List

By on May 22nd, 2017 in Football, News 1 Comment »
usa-today-8526677.0 It seems as if the preseason football polls and award season watch list come earlier every year. Today, the Boomer Esiason Foundation announced its Watch List for the Rimington Trophy. The award recognizes the nation's best center in college football. Auburn senior Austin Golson was one of eight SEC centers to make the list. Th... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball Is Super Once Again! (Tigers Sweep Regional)

By on May 21st, 2017 in News, Other Sports 6 Comments »
635995367396701246-eb6fc6fd-f5b1-41ae-83ea-d65b829baa9e1 The Auburn softball team is returning to the NCAA Super Regional for the third consecutive year. The Tigers beat Cal 8–2 this afternoon at Jane B. Moore Field to secure their 12th win in the last three years of NCAA postseason play. While ace Kaylee Carlson (27–4) was dominant once again, allowing just one run in four inn... Read Full Story

Regrouping in September – (What will happen in the SEC and beyond by week 3?)

By on May 19th, 2017 in Football, News 5 Comments »
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So, what will happen in the SEC and beyond by week 3? Let’s dust off the crystal ball and try to guess. First off, I think Auburn’s will be ...

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109 Days: Reminiscing the Past While Looking to the Future

By on May 18th, 2017 in Football, News 7 Comments »
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Today marks 109 days until football returns to Alabama. That number is important in the history and lore of Alabama's two flagship programs.

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Do or Die Time for Auburn Baseball – (Update: Tigers Clinch Series!)

By on May 17th, 2017 in Baseball, News 6 Comments »
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Remember when Auburn was sitting atop the SEC and looked like a candidate to host an NCAA Regional. What's caused the skid?:

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CHAR-R-R-R-RGE! – (A story about an Auburn round ball legend)

By on May 16th, 2017 in Basketball, Memories 13 Comments »
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Take a "fast break" down memory "lane" with a story about an Auburn roundball legend.

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Auburn Softball Chronicles: Tigers Melt Under Five-Error Performance

By on May 15th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 1 Comment »
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Auburn was unable to become the first ever three-peat SEC Champion as it failed to reach the finals. LSU dismantled the Auburn defense before losing to Ole Miss. What happened to the Tigers? Read more!

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Auburn Softball Awarded No. 7 National Seed!

By on May 14th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 6 Comments »
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Auburn’s selection marks the third consecutive year for the Tigers to be one of the top eight seeds. It’s a big deal to be one of the Elite 8 national seeds because it means those teams can reach the Women’s College World Series without leaving home.

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A Daunting Trip to Clemson (Previewing the Auburn vs. Clemson Game)

By on May 13th, 2017 in Football, News 8 Comments »
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It's time now for the first Auburn road-game preview of the year! On September 9th, Auburn travels to Clemson, South Carolina for a tilt with the defending national champion in the stadium known as Death Valley. TV time has yet to be set, but this has to be one of the biggest matchups in the nation on this particular Saturday and ...

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Tigers Advance, Take on LSU in Semifinals

By on May 12th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 12 Comments »
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Auburn advanced Thursday courtesy of some fine pitching and a Kendall Veach bomb. They are set to take on LSU, who gave Auburn a lot of trouble this season.

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SEC Softball Tournament Kicks Off (A Preview)

By on May 10th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 3 Comments »
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The SEC Tournament bracket is set. Who will Auburn be facing? Read more!

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The Downward Spiral?

By on May 10th, 2017 in Baseball, News 5 Comments »
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Photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics Auburn baseball has dropped four straight. Following a weekend sweep by Alabama, the Tigers slipped up yet again against another state foe, UAB, by a score of 8–2. Last week, following a series win at Mississippi State, the Tigers received a top 5 ranking—its first in 18 years—and were at the top of the SEC West. Now, fou... Read Full Story

Auburn Softball Chronicles: Tigers Win First Series in Tuscaloosa

By on May 9th, 2017 in News, Other Sports 2 Comments »
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The last series of the regular season was the most anticipated one as Auburn traveled to Tuscaloosa looking for their first series win against the Tide in T-town. Auburn did just that by winning games one and two.

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From Six to Three – Auburn Quarterback Depth Suffers Another Hit

By on May 8th, 2017 in Football, News 9 Comments »
22641738-mmmain Auburn started the spring with six scholarship quarterbacks. Today, that number is down to three as redshirt freshman Woody Barrett announced he would be be transferring. Frankly, the move was not unexpected in some circles, including here at Track 'em Tigers. After he received only six reps in the spring game and true freshma... Read Full Story

All Is Not Lost for Auburn Baseball

By on May 8th, 2017 in Baseball, News 10 Comments »
-759c310f4b6d68ef No. 4 Auburn entered this weekend as the first-place team in the league with a chance to win the SEC regular-season baseball championship with a sweep of last place Alabama. However, it was Bama that did the sweeping. The Tide took two one-run games on Saturday, 4–3 and 7–6, and then won a 15-inning slugfest late Sunday nigh... Read Full Story