(photo:Zach Bland, Auburn media)
“This award couldn’t have gone to a more deserving person,” Auburn Head Softball Coach Clint Myers speaking about Freshman, Kasey Cooper. The Tiger third baseman had just been named the Division I Co-National Freshman of the Year. Cooper will share the honor with Tennessee’s Annie Aldrete.
The award was presented by the National Fast pitch Coaches Association in Oklahoma City during the NCAA’s award ceremony prior to the start of the Women’s College World Series.
“We’re excited that she is able to represent Auburn in such a great way and she had such a wonderful season.” Meyers said. And Cooper did have a wonderful season. In fact, she had one of the best seasons of any player in the history of the program.
Kasey had a team best .418 batting average which led all SEC freshmen. She led the team in hits (74), home runs (18), RBI’s, runs scored (70), and slugging percentage (.780). In addition she broke the freshman records for homeruns and RBI’s as well as Emily Carosone‘s freshman record (.389) batting average set last season.
Finally, she joined Branndi Melero and Carosone as All-Americans and All-Southeast Region players; becoming the first Auburn player to ever be named All-American, All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman in a season.
Cooper said she was humbled by the award and was quick to give a lot of the credit to her coaches. “(They) worked so hard this year on getting us ready for the season and everything that went with it.”
Tiger fans can look forward to more awards, honors, and championships in the future with Coach Meyers at the helm. In the mean time …
Congratulations Kasey and War Eagle!
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