Haley Fagan makes the throw for Auburn
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn coach Clint Myers quickly put a 6-0 loss to Alabama behind him Friday night and turned his attention to a Saturday softball doubleheader for his SEC-leading Tigers at Jane B. Moore Field.
"It's just one game and the truth is, it's how we handle it. We're in a situation where we haven't been, ever," Myers said.
The first round of this Top 10 matchup belonged to Alabama starting pitcher Alexis Osorio, who struck out 13. Two home runs by Chaunsey Bell and a grand slam from Haylie McCleney provided the offense.
But Auburn left the field as it entered it: Still in first place in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers fell to 40-7 overall and 12-4 in the SEC. Alabama improved to 34-9 overall and 11-5 in the league.
With the threat of rain, Auburn moved Sunday's game to Saturday to create the doubleheader. Sunday's tickets are good for Saturday's 12:30 p.m. game. Game 2 tickets will be honored for the orginally-scheduled 5 p.m. game that will be televised by ESPNU.
Myers will be ready to get back on the field again.
"You can't lose confidence after a loss," Myers said. "(Osorio) has five losses as a pitcher. We've only got seven losses as a team. We not unconfident by any means.
"We've been good all season long. It's about how we handle it. We're still going to be in the post-season. We know we've got to play better."
Both teams are ranked as high as No. 6 nationally in at least one national poll. The series is scheduled to continue 5 p.m. Saturday, though the Sunday's game may be moved to Saturday as well because of bad weather.
Myers said Auburn "didn't play well" Friday.
"We didn't handle it and stay with our plan," he said. "We're going to play better."
Auburn had only five hits, including two each from Kasey Cooper and Morgan Estell.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine