Auburn Softball Moves on to Host Super Regional
Oaks at Jane B. Moore Field after Auburn won its NCAA Softball Regional. (photo:Todd Van Emst)
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.
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