Auburn Softball News and Notes
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The Auburn Tigers under first year head coach Mickey Dean soon will open the 2018 preseason. The first practice was initially scheduled for Friday as an outdoor practice open to the public, but the Tigers moved it indoors and closed it to the public. The Tigers will practice between three and three-and-a-half hours per day every day until January 10th, aside from a short day on Tuesday with classes beginning on Wednesday.
Tickets sold out.
Once again, the Auburn Family’s newly found love of softball shows as season tickets are sold out. However, there are still options for fans, specifically the “Pick Six,” which allows fans to pay a flat rate and select from a handful of nonconference games. Smart buyers will note that if one of the six is the first game on a tournament day, the ticket owner can watch all that day’s games. For example, a purchase of the Tiger Invite to see Auburn take on Delaware will also allow the ticket holder to watch the later game against St. Francis. Each Pick Six package is $45 for reserved seating and $30 for standing room only. Go here for more information.
Opportunities for bat girls.
Young-lady softball fans can sign up to be a bat girl! To sign up your little ball player to be a 2018 bat girl, follow the information in this link. This is for young ladies from age ten to eighth grade. But, be aware, this is a first-come, first-served deal that rapidly fills up.
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Coach Dean and the staff closed the recruiting period with three signings on November 18th: Aspyn Godwin, Tate Moseley and Haley Nillen. There was a premium on hitting, but not just for power. According to AuburnTigers.com, “Godwin, who hails from Daphne, Ala., is a three-time All-State selection and was picked as the Hitter of the Year while playing for Daphne High School. She hit .426 with 44 doubles and 41 home runs with 136 RBI to go along with 66 stolen bases so far in her varsity career.“
Tate Moseley will likely be a replacement for Victoria Draper once the speedy slapper runs out of eligibility.
Haley Nillen rounds out the trio. At Spring, Texas, she was excellent on defense and was no slouch from the plate.
Veterans returning from injuries.
Hopefully, Auburn will welcome back two players from injuries. Tannon Snow and Kendall Veach have both been missing in action. Veach was last year’s surprise as she took over for the starting first baseman Snow, who returned home due to a season-ending illness.
It is expected that Snow will return to first, and Veach will take over third base from graduated Auburn legend Kasey Cooper. Veach’s rehab has been quick, and she should be on the field at full speed following a meniscus tear. Snow is expected to be brought along much slower.
Elsewhere, Carmyn Greenwood will miss the entire season due to shoulder surgery. That will open left field for competition. It is possible that sophomore phenom Alyssa Rivera could make the move to left and open up right field for Morgan Podany, Bree Fornis, freshman Jenna Olszewski or KK Crocker. Rivera has excellent instincts and made many tough catches. However Rivera’s strong arm could keep her in right field. An inside source has commented that Rivera is still transitioning to the outfield and continues to work on footwork, making her a less than optimal left fielder.
Auburn‘s full 2018 schedule released.
The Tigers will host multiple lesser-name teams in back-to-back tournaments at Jane B. Moore field, beginning with the Plainsman Invite and ending with the Tiger Invite. In between is a road trip with the Troy Trojans. The Tigers fly across the country to take on Notre Dame, Wisconsin Long Beach, Oregon State and San Jose State in the Mary Nutter Classic beginning February 22 in Cathedral City, California. Finally Auburn will play host in the Wilson/DiMarini Classic the first week of March.
The real meat of the schedule begins with league play as the Tigers travel to Baton Rouge to play the LSU Tigers, typically a very good team. They then face last year’s champions, Ole Miss, which is unlikely to reload to the team of destiny fans saw last year.
Auburn takes on Alabama at home on March 16, easily the series of the year both in the SEC and, possibly, nationwide. The Tigers haven’t won a series at home against Alabama and hope to break that cycle. It will be a massive weekend with Women’s College World Series tournament implications as well as serious bragging rights.
Auburn gets Tennessee at home the first week of April in what should be a very good matchup. The Tigers end the year with Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas A&M, one of which won’t make the SEC tournament. This will give the Tigers a great opportunity to work on things before the SEC tournament begins in Columbia Missouri on May 9.
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