AU Softball Season Ends at NCAA Region Final But – Tigers “Will Be Back”

By Posted on: May 18th, 2014 in Other Sports 4 Comments »
McKenzie Kilpatrick hits a grand slam.in NCAA Championship game in
Minneapolis. (photo:
Zach Bland,AU medai)

McKenzie Kilpatrick hit a grand slam in the NCAA Regional Championship game in Minneapolis. (photo:Zach Bland,AU media)

“We were pumped. We wanted to keep going. We wanted to keep going in the post season, but fell a little short.” Auburn Centerfielder Morgan Estell said after the Tigers lost a close NCAA Region Championship game tonight. The Softball Team had fought their way back from the losers bracket only to lose a close one to the host team.

In the first game junior pinch hitter Jenna Abbott hit a walk off extra inning home run to beat the Gophers 4-3 and the Tigers seemed to be on their way to the same dramatic outcome in game two when pinch hitter McKenzie Kilpatrick hit a grand slam in the third inning to give Auburn a 6-3 lead. However, Minnesota came back in the sixth to retake the lead 8-6 and that’s how the game ended.

Auburn finished the year with a 42-19-1 record, the second best record in program history. The season was a validation of the decision that AD Jay Jacobs made last year to put the program in the hands of Clint Meyers, one of the winningest coaches in college softball.

Coach Meyers breathed new life into a program that just a year ago failed to make the SEC Tournament. To be sure, it was a great turn around year with an RPI of 15 to go along with the 42 W’s. Meyers said he was proud of his team, “There is no reason, none whatsoever, that any of those ladies should have their heads down.” 

He said his Tigers made a statement this year that they will be a force to be reckoned with in college softball. “We’re sorry we have to go home,” Meyers said. “But very proud of what they did,”

“We will be back.” 

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  1. TigerWoman says:

    So proud of our Tigers. They came very close to making a Super Regional.
    I know Coach Meyers will get them there next year. War Eagle Ladies!

  2. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    The huge difference in the coaching philosophy of Coaches Meyers and Galloway can be seen in that one statement.
    “We’re sorry we have to go home,” Meyers said. “But very proud of what they did,”

    “We”, “What they did”, “proud of them”, all of these signify that the coach is a part of the team process, but ALL the credit goes to the players. Coach Meyers did not blame any player as to why the team isn’t moving forward. That is proper coaching, and media speak.

    Coach Galloway could take notes if he got his head out of his butt!

    Happy to see that this softball program is on the right track.

    WAR EAGLE!

  3. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    I think this is just a sneak peak of things to come for AU softball. Coach Meyers is the real deal and so are his players.

  4. Im4Auburn says:

    Very, very proud of our players and coaches and I believe there is a exciting future ahead for Auburn Softball.