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Power up: Auburn swings into action in SEC home opener
March 19, 2015

Jade Rhodes and Auburn are swinging a hot bat

Auburn Softball: Games 32-34 vs. #12 Kentucky (SEC Home Opening Series)
Matchups No. 9 Auburn (28-2, 3-0 SEC) vs. No. 12 Kentucky(21-5, 1-2 SEC) | Game Notes
Dates and Times Friday, March 20, 2015 | 6 p.m. - GameTracker | Watch ESPN
Saturday, March 21, 2015 | 3 p.m. - GameTracker | Watch ESPN
Saturday, March 21, 2015 | 6 p.m. - GameTracker | Watch ESPN
Location Jane B. Moore Field (1,500)
Tickets Reserved - $7; General Admission - $5 |
Broadcasts TV: all weekend | Radio: None
Online Live Stats| | Twitter: @Auburn_Softball

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn softball leads the nation in home runs. That's a fact.

"I didn't know that," said Clint Myers. "I'm not a statistical person."

He's instead Auburn's softball coach who has led the Tigers to a 29-2 start, their first Top 10 ranking ever and to an important SEC series with Kentucky beginning Friday at Jane B. Moore Field. No. 9 Auburn is 29-2 overall and 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference. No. 13 Kentucky is 21-5 overall and 1-2 in the league. The games are scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Auburn has already hit a staggering 64 homers. Emily Carosone began the week second in the nation with 13 home runs, four of those grand slams. Jade Rhodes, who hit four homers in four straight at-bats in a series sweep of Ole Miss, has 12. Kasey Cooper has 10. More stats for a coach that doesn't look at them?

The latest NCAA stat sheet shows Auburn is second in the nation in batting average, scoring, slugging percentage and, likely more importantly to Myers, won-loss percentage.

Myers says home runs are all about the at-bats.

"I'm more concerned with the quality at-bats and the charts we have for quality at-bats," he said. "Going up there and swinging at your pitch rather than the pitcher's pitch."

Myers in his second year at Auburn says the Tigers now get it.

"You start to understand when you say, 'a home run is the by-product of a good swing,'" he said. "We've been taking a lot of good swings. I didn't know we were leading the nation. It's good to hear. It's not what our goal is. Our goal is to win softball games."

Myers doesn't talk home runs, but he does says the Tigers are "extremely tough 1 through 9" in its lineup.

"We tell everybody, 'Every game, we have a different hero.'"

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



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