Cooper collects honor as top Elite 90 award recipient after being voted by the fans
Tigers update record books in a plethora of categories following the 2016 season
Kasey Cooper collected three hits and touted six RBI in the six-game tournament for Team USA
6-8-2016 Oklahoma vs Auburn Softball Women's College World Series Final Game
6-7-2016 Oklahoma vs Auburn Softball Women's College World Series Championship Game Two
6-5-2016 FSU vs Auburn Softball Women's College World Series
6-4-2016 UGA vs Auburn Softball Women's College World Series
6-2-2016 UCLA vs Auburn Softball Women's College World Series Game One
NCAA Elite 90 Winner (2016)
espnW Player of the Year (2016)
Top 3 Finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year (2016)
NFCA First Team All-American (2016)
NFCA All-Region First Team (2016)
WCWS All-Tournament Team (2016)
SEC Player of the Year (2016)
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2016)
All-SEC First Team (2016)
SEC All-Defensive Team (2016)
CoSIDA Academic All-American (2016)
CoSIDA Academic All-District (2016)
SEC Player of the Week x2 (Feb. 29, 2016, March 7, 2016)
NFCA First Team All-American (2015)
NFCA Second-Team All-American (2014)
NFCA National Co-Freshman of the Year (2014)
NFCA First-Team All-Southeast Region (2014, 2015)
NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete (2014, 2015)
USA Softball Top 50 Watch List
Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American (2015)
Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District (2015)
All-SEC First Team (2015)
SEC All-Defensive (2015)
All-SEC Second-Team (2014)
SEC All-Freshman Team (2014)
SEC All-Tournament Team (2015)
SEC Freshman of the Week x2 (March 10, 2014, April 28, 2014)
Preseason All-SEC (2015)
JUNIOR SEASON (2016): Set seven individual single-season program records, topped the individual career charts in four categories and paced the club to set four team records in a season… broke the single-season records in games started (70), RBI (83), home runs (21), walks (71), on-base percentage (.581), slugging percentage (.880) and total bases (163)… took over the career program records in batting average (.410), slugging percentage (.799), RBI 224 and walks (163)… scored 69 runs and touted 41 extra-base hits… held a .965 fielding percentage at third base and was involved in 191 outs… became the first female softball player ever to be named the SEC Player of the Year and the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year… her 83 RBI tied an SEC record for the most in a single season… named the NCAA Elite 90 winner for softball, honoring outstanding academics and athletics… tabbed the espnW Player of the Year… picked up NFCA recognition as First Team All-American and First Team All-Region… named to the All-SEC First Team and SEC All-Defensive Team… selected as a top three finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award… tabbed as a CoSIDA Academic All-American and All-District honoree… named Preseason All-SEC and Academic All-SEC. Game Highlights: Notched two extra-base hits, including a home run, and had four RBI versus Butler (2/13)… drilled a roundtripper for the second straight contest against Furman (2/13)… smashed a homer and had two RBI in a contest with DePaul (2/20)… went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two doubles against Fordham (2/21)… laced home runs in consecutive games and totaled five RBI versus Boston College (2/26) and St. John’s (2/27)… went 8-for-15, including three homers and two home runs, had eight RBI and scored four runs in a string of duels with Western (2/27), Indiana State (2/28) and Indiana (3/4)… named SEC Player of the Week (2/29)… secured four hits, including two doubles, and scored five times in series sweep versus Georgia State (3/6)… secured SEC Player of the Week honors for the second time… totaled four RBI on two hits and stole a base against Tennessee State (3/9)… netted four hits, including a double and a roundtripper, with two RBI and two runs in series versus Florida (3/12-3/14)… went 2-for-2 with four RBI, three runs and a homer at Samford (3/16)… brought in five by way of a home run, walk and a sacrifice fly against South Carolina (3/25)… smacked four hits, including a homer, and had two RBI at Kentucky (4/1-4/3)… reached base three times and drilled a home run at UAB (4/13)… went 6-for-11 with nine RBI, including a career-high seven in the series finale, to go along with a double and two roundtrippers at Arkansas (4/15-4/17)… hit 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI versus Georgia (4/22)… laced a pair of solo shots against Texas A&M (5/8)… went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in the NCAA Regional finale versus Jacksonville State (5/22)… reached base in all four at-bats, including a pair of singles, to guide the Tigers to a Women’s College World Series berth in a win against Arizona (5/29)… smacked two doubles and had two RBI versus UCLA (6/2)… drilled a home run against Florida State (6/5)… went 4-for-9 with three RBI and a homer in the championship series versus Oklahoma (6/6-6/8).
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): Played in 64 games as the starting third-baseman, bating .391 with 75 hits, 18 home runs and 64 RBI...the batting average was good for third-best on the team, while the home run total tied for second-best on the team, setting a new personal-best for home runs in a season...also had 14 doubles equalling a .745 slugging percentage, which was good for second-best on the team behind Emily Carosone...totaled 49 walks in 2015, setting a new Auburn single-season record...along with six hit by pitches, Cooper garnered a .524 on-base percentage, good for second on the team...named NFCA First Team All-American, her second-straight All-American honor...also named NFCA First Team All-Southeast Region for the second year in a row...becomes the first Auburn Tiger to be named All-SEC, All-Region and All-American in her first two collegiate seasons...stole seven bases on nine attempts, the seven steals were the most on the team by a single player since 2013...the 75 hits during the season was a new single-season personal-best by the Dothan, Ala.-native along with the 14 doubles...made seven errors during the year for a .960 fielding percentage and part of 14 double-plays...batted .333 during the NCAA Tournament, going 10-for-31 with five runs scored, three extra-base hits, one home run and eight RBI...also had nine walks during the tournament, second-most on the Tiger team during the nine-game run...along with Tiffany Howard, Cooper was named Auburn's first Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-American since 2009 and was the program's first first-teamer...named to SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll. Game Highlights: Of the nine games that Cooper had at least one hit during the NCAA Tournament, six were multi-hit games, going 2-for-3 vs. Tennessee Tech (5/15), 3-for-5 vs. South Alabama (5/17) and 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and three RBI vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (5/23) in the Super Regional...scored a career-high three runs vs. Chattanooga (2/8) and had another career-high four hits vs. Arkansas (4/25)...hit two home runs twice in a game at USF (2/22) and vs. UAB (4/8), tying a career-high...hit an astounding .415 in conference play with 27 hits, nine doubles, six home runs and 18 RBI...the .415 average over 24 SEC games was good for second on the team...began the season on a six-game hitting streak with two hits vs. Troy (2/5), one hit vs. UAB (2/6), Evansville (2/7) and George Washington (2/7), two hits vs. Appalachian State (2/8), then capped with a 3-for-4 day vs. Chattanooga (2/8) with two RBI and two doubles...notched a season-high 17-game hit streak ranging from 2/21 vs. Dartmouth to 3/20 vs. Kentucky...totaled 23 hits during the streak with 25 RBI and nine home runs...had a 2-for-2 game with six RBI and two homers at USF (2/22), the six RBI was a season-high total for the sophomore.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2014): Played in all 62 games as the starting third-baseman for Auburn, batting a team-leading .418 with 74 hits, 10 doubles, 18 home runs and 77 RBI...named NFCA Second-Team All-American along with the NFCA National Co-Freshman of the Year award...also made the NFCA First Team All-Southeast Region team, marking the first time an Auburn freshman was ever named to the All-Region team and an All-American...along with teammates Branndi Melero and Emily Carosone, Cooper became one of the first Auburn players to be named to an All-Region team since 2005...set Auburn freshman single-season records for RBI (77) and home runs (18)...also named to All-SEC Second Team and All-Freshman Team becoming the first Auburn player to do so...her home run total is also the most in a season by an Auburn player in program history...tied with Melero for scoring 70 runs during the season, setting a new Auburn single-season record...her .418 average was the second-highest for one season in Auburn softball history...led the team in slugging (.780) and was second in walks (43), only striking out seven times...compiled a .977 fielding percentage with only four errors, none coming in conference play...second on the team in batting average in SEC play (.377), playing in all 24 games with 26 hits, three doubles, six home runs and 21 RBI...with runners on-base, Cooper batted .414 (46-for-111) and was .408 with runners in scoring position...Named SEC Freshman of the Week twice becoming the first Auburn player to win the award twice in one year since Anna Thompson in 2007. Game Highlights: Had a season-high four hits vs. Ball State (3/15), after going 4-for-4 with another season-high seven RBI, the most by any Auburn player in a game during the 2014 season...tallied four RBI or more in a single-game six times (vs. Winthrop, Purdue, Ball State, Georgia State, Texas A&M, Green Bay)...had one multi-home run game ocurring at Georgia State (3/26), part of a five RBI day in only two official at-bats...her first collegiate hit came in the second game of the year vs. North Dakota State (2/7), a 3-for-4 game with one run scored and two RBI...first collegiate home run was vs. Tennessee Tech (2/9), another 3-for-4 day with two runs scored and one RBI...stole two bases in 2014, the first coming vs. No. 16 Missouri, the second vs. Alabama State (4/23)...totaled two seven-game hit streaks, her longest of the year, the last coming on a stretch starting with the second game at No. 15 Georgia and finishing with a three-hit game vs. South Carolina (5/2).
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for coach Patricia Ball ... helped lead Dothan High School to 2011 6A state championship ... earned 2013 Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year honors ... also named to Alabama Super All-State Team and MaxPreps All-American Team ... earned 6A Player and Pitcher of the Year honors ... hit .569 with 22 home runs, 77 RBI to go with 28-13 record, 1.35 ERA and 392 strikeouts as a senior ... played travel ball for Tennessee Fury.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Jeff and Peppi Cooper ... has one sister, Kortney, who played softball at Troy...was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in 2014 as well as the Golden Key International Honour Society for being in the top 15% of her class after her freshman year... her greatest moment came during the Texas A&M series in 2014 as it was a defining moment for her as well as when her teammate, Branndi Melero ended the first game of the series in walk-off fashion, which put the team in the SEC Tournament...currently majoring in mechanical engineering.