The Auburn Softball team went into Sunday’s final day of the NCAA Super Regional down by one game. After dropping Saturday’s opening game 5-3 to Arizona the Tigers had to force a game three to advance to the Women’s College World Series for the second consecutive year.
The Tigers did just that downing the Wildcats 4-1 and 6-1. The wins came with good defense, timely hitting and superb pitching. Freshman Makayla Martin and sophomore Kaylee Carlson went the distance in the two games with each allowing only one earned run.
While Tiffany Howard, Kasey Cooper, Emily Carasone, and Carlee Wallace all had big hits, it was the performance of Haley Fagan that had to be the highlight of the day. The Redshirt junior who had to miss 55 games this season due to knee surgery, hit a two-run double to put Auburn ahead in game two and then hit a massive solo homer in game three, giving the Tigers some insurance in their deciding 6-1 victory.
The Tigers will fly out Monday morning on their second consecutive trip to Oklahoma City and the Women’s College World Series. Auburn is expected to play the winner of the Oregon – UCLA game this Thursday.
Coach Clint Meyers was understandably proud. “These young ladies have started their journey for a national championship,” said Meyers. “They just need to continue along the lines they currently are doing. It could be a very, very good World Series for us.”
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