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Jan. 30, 2016

Clint Myers says he likes the progress of his Auburn softball team
Clint Myers said Saturday he likes the progress of his Auburn softball team

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. ― Auburn softball coach Clint Myers had just completed a scrimmage Saturday and was already thinking about another, the one in which he'll give his freshmen a chance to shine in a practice game with umpires and the public address system going full blast.

"The only thing we would lack," he said, "are the fans in the stands."

Maybe not. Myers made a call for Auburn fans to show up next Saturday at noon for pregame work and then a two-hour practice game. He said he'd like a 1,000 fans to be at Jane B. Moore Field so his younger players can get accustomed to playing in front of a crowd.

Myers figures their reaction will go something like this:

"'Wow, there are a lot of people here.'"

His reply? "You haven't seen anything yet."

Auburn has added permanent bleachers down the first base and third base lines to raise seating to just under 2,000 for Myers' third season. That's an acknowledgement of the interest he has helped create in the softball program. Auburn made its first College World Series appearance last season and returns many of the starters from last year's team that won a school-record 56 games.

Saturday he looked up at the new bleachers and was pleased, but "we need more seats. We're already sold out."

There are standing room only tickets left for all games that will raise capacity even more. But season tickets and single-game general admission for all games are sold out. Some reserved seats are still available.

What will the fans see? Myers said a team that is progressing toward its season-opener against Appalachian State on Feb. 11.

"We're getting better, and that's the key thing," he said Saturday. "We're a lot better than when we started Jan. 8.

"The toughest is on the freshmen, the newbies, they're trying to figure, one, the game out; and, two, figure us out. Overall, I'm pleased where we are. It's going to be interesting to see where we end up because potentially, this could be an outstanding team."

Last year's team made Auburn history by going to the World Series.

"What it has done is to understand the expectations are a lot more obtainable than before," Myers said. "Before, it was never been done. Now that it has happened, they can believe they can do this every year. We're not hoping to get to Oklahoma City. We're expecting to get to Oklahoma City. We're expecting to go out there and play for the national championship. They also understand that with expectations come a lot of hard work and a commitment. It's got to be done between the lines. It's got to be done at practices. Great teams have to be great all the time. You can't turn greatness on and off. These are the things they now know. They've tasted the Oklahoma City fever, and that's where every team in the country wants to be. I like what we're doing right now to get there."

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:


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