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No. 1 in runs, Auburn softball looks to add on
March 24, 2016

Auburn and Victoria Draper are preparing for South Carolina
Auburn and Victoria Draper are preparing for South Carolina

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. -- Coach Clint Myers says Auburn's hitting could be better.

"We have to be," Myers said, "a lot more confident and have the swagger to be the Auburn softball team we're capable of being."

As if leading the nation in scoring isn't enough.

Auburn softball, which is averaging 9.7 runs per game and scored more runs against No. 1 Florida than anybody in the country, had a little trouble at Mississippi State last weekend. The Tigers shook off the cobwebs in an 8-4 win over Georgia State on Wednesday, and now looks to keep it going against South Carolina at home this weekend.
Auburn vs. South Carolina

  • Auburn
  • Auburn

(27-4, 3-3) vs. (24-6, 2-4)

Weekend Schedule
Fri, March 25 6 p.m.   
Sat, March 26 2 p.m.   
Sat, March 26 5 p.m.   

The No. 3 Tigers open the series at Jane B. Moore Field at 6 p.m. Friday, then will play a doubleheader against the Gamecocks at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday. The series was originally supposed to conclude Sunday, but expected bad weather set up Saturday's doubleheader.

Auburn is in the Top 16 nationally in the most important statistical categories, including pitching.

"Our pitching has always got our back. Our defense was there, we just have to get some timely hitting," said Emily Carosone who is hitting a cool .386.

Kaylee Carlson, who is 6-0 with a 1.20 ERA, will pitch Friday's opener for Auburn.

Auburn is 27-4 overall and 3-3 in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina is 24-6 overall and 2-4 in the league.

Myers said the hitting, overall, has been good, even with the trip to Mississippi State where the Tigers scored eight runs in three games.

"You don't lose your mechanics of the swing in four or five days. It was just mental," he said.

Saturday's doubleheader will test Auburn's endurance. Myers said the Tigers will be ready.

"We have five quality pitchers, so for us, it's a lot easier," Myers said.

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


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