By Jeff Shearer
One look at Emily Carasone's .438 batting average and you know she's an expert at spraying line drives all over the outfield.
Only she's usually depositing softballs, not water balloons.
Carasone and her Tiger teammates played with hundreds of young fans Sunday during Auburn Softball's third annual Family Fun Day.
The guests made their way around the field, taking part in six activities, including Carasone's catapult.
"Just getting to know our fans and them getting to hang out with us," Carasone said. "Not just watch a softball game, but to get us on a different level.
"They're where our energy comes from. The more fans at our game, the better we're going to do. We're going to feed off their energy, so we're trying to get the word out there so we can get more fans."
Other events included a Dizzy Bat Race, Wiffle Ball, Baserunning, Radar Gun Throw and a Timed Catcher's Gear Challenge.
But it was the chance to make a big splash that appealed most to nine-year-old Jaslynne Sapp.
"The water balloon toss because you get to pull it back, and the first time I did it, it busted on top of me," she said.
Jaslynne also made solid contact during batting practice, but like the older student-athletes in charge of the activities, the fourth-grader was committed to refining her swing.
"I need to work on it," she said.
"I think it's fun because you get to meet the players and you get to know about them," Jasylnne said.
That's what coach Clint Myers had in mind when he created Family Fun Day.
"This is what Auburn softball's all about. It's a community-based enterprise," Myers said.
"They're vested owners of our program," he said. "It's a great way for our team to give back to the community.
"Look at the Auburn softball players. They're laughing and joking and having as much fun as the little kids. Everybody out here today is having fun and that's the intent. It's a great day. It's beautiful weather. Let's go out and have some fun at Auburn University."