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Auburn Softball Moves on to Host Super Regional

By on May 19th, 2015 in Baseball 5 Comments »
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Oaks at Jane B. Moore Field after Auburn won its NCAA Softball Regional. (photo:Todd Van Emst)

 
On a sunny Sunday afternoon in Auburn, Alabama you could hear the hit. A mighty a collision to rival the ferocity of those experienced on the other side of campus in Jordan-Hare Stadium. This wasn’t football, or even a practice preparing for the distant football season. This was Auburn softball.

The visiting South Alabama Jaguars are a well-coached team. They play the game as it should be played. Still, there is some question whether the slide into home plate was a legal attempt to slide at all. It became evident while watching the replay that Amanda Minahan simply lost her balance while preparing for the collision at home plate with Auburn’s Carlee Wallace.

Wallace stood her ground at home plate and took the hit, although she never had possession of the ball. During the collision the true freshman’s head hit the ground very hard. As the 37-minute delay-filled inning ended, South Alabama had scored 3 runs to go ahead of Auburn 4-2.

When asked in the postgame interview about that inning, Kasey Cooper stated  “After the incident at home plate, we were playing for her. We just needed to control and contain them that inning, and we told Rachael, you get us out of this inning, we will win for you.”

Win it they did. As the last inning unfolded, their injured teammate was in the dugout watching and cheering them on to vict’ry. 

The very next inning Auburn recaptured the lead by scoring 4 runs. Adding an insurance run in the 6th inning, the celebration was on.

This historic run by a gutsy and competitive bunch of girls is moving on in the NCAA Tournament. Auburn will play host to a Super Regional with the opportunity to move on to Oklahoma City in the Women’s College World Series.

WAR EAGLE!

 

5 Comments

  1. TigerWoman TigerWoman says:

    I’m so thrilled about what these young women have done. They have brought so much joy to Auburn family. Thank you for a well written article about their regional championship. Really enjoyed reading this post KoolBell.

    • TigerWoman TigerWoman says:

      Oh and thank you for posting the video. For those, like me, with Charter, who could never get mine set up to watch the game…. Enjoy. War Eagle!!!

  2. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    These ladies are definitely exciting to watch. We all knew when Clint Meyers was hired he had the resume but I don’t think anyone thought he would get it done this quick. Good one KB. Thanks for the posting.

  3. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    The hit on Wallace should be taken to the NCAA as an example for changing the rules. Players should be required to slide. That would remove the danger of a serious injury. Good read.

  4. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    Thanks for all the love, folks.

    TigerWoman, I understand your frustration with cable networks. That’s exactly why I bit the bullet and went full package digital Hopper and Joey system with Dish.