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

Auburn coach Clint Myers will have the best pitcher in the SEC, Kaylee Carlson, back in 2018 (photo:Julie Bennett/

“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 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!


  1. Im4Auburn says:

    Sad to not see them reach their dreams. But so proud of these ladies. Their hungry spirit and great enthusiasm for the game will always be remembered. War Eagle ladies!

  2. Randyc37 Randyc37 says:

    A nice read. I am thankful to have a coach like Clint Myers who was able to put Auburn Softball back on the SEC map. Prior to his hire, Auburn Softball was mediocre and no one seemed to care if they won or lost. I can remember going to the games when the admission was free and the stands were almost empty.

    As I mentioned in a prior comment, Auburn Softball has a number 2 recruiting class coming in for 2018 and I look forward to watching this team play for another trip to Oklahoma City.

    Softball practice will start in August and another quest for a national title will begin.

    War Eagle!

  3. TigerWoman TigerWoman says:

    Enjoyed the article this morning ATM. Before Coach Myers arrived this finish would've been celebrated. Just goes to show how far he's brought the program. Can't wait till next year!

  4. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    I’ve always been a baseball guy but these ladies have changed me into a softball follower too. I believe Myers will bring a national title to Auburn but I just hate that Kasey Cooper won’t be a part of it.
    She has meant so much to this team:
    * 3 time All-American
    * finished No. 1 all-time in the SEC with .270 RBI’s
    * set the Auburn homerun record with 67, and …
    * most importantly, represented herself and Auburn with class.

    God speed Kasey and War Eagle!

  5. Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

    I’m looking forward to writing a season ending article.

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