Kasey Cooper comes home with yet another Auburn homer
|Auburn Softball: Games No. 48-50 vs. Alabama|
|Matchup||No. 6/7 Auburn (40-6, 12-3 SEC) vs. No. 6/7 Alabama (32-9, 10-5 SEC) | Game Notes|
|Dates and Times||Friday, April 17, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. - ESPNU | Live Stats|
|Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 5 p.m. - ESPNU | Live Stats|
|Sunday, April 19, 2015 | 1 p.m. - SECN+/WatchESPN | Live Stats|
|Location||Jane B. Moore Field (1,500) | Auburn, Ala.|
|Tickets||SOLD OUT | Student access available as space permits|
|Broadcasts||TV: ESPNU on Fri. and Sat. | Radio: None|
|Online||Live Stats | WatchESPN.com | Twitter: @Auburn_Softball|
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn pitching coach Corey Myers isn't too concerned about the Tigers' softball team being too hyped up for its Top 10 showdown with Alabama this weekend.
"If you watched this team all along, excitement is what they feed off of," he said.
The excitement should be at a high for the series that has both Auburn and Alabama playing each other as Top 10 teams for the first time. Depending on your favorite poll, Auburn and Alabama are each ranked sixth nationally. Both teams can hit -- four of the SEC's Top 5 hitters will be in the series -- and both teams know how to win. Auburn is 40-6 overall and in first place in the Southeastern Conference with a 12-2 record. Alabama is 33-9 overall and 10-5 in the league.
What to look for? Consider this: Auburn leads the world in home runs with 86, and both teams can hit for average. Auburn's Tiffany Howard leads the SEC with a .514 average, Alabama's Haylie McCleney is second at .486, Auburn's Emily Carosone is third at .477 and Alabama's Demi Turner is fifth at .451.
Auburn beat Alabama in a game in Montgomery last year, but that didn't count in the SEC standings. Alabama beat Auburn in the SEC Tournament. But neither of those games factored in the conference race.
These three games will.
Auburn added seats for the series weeks ago, and, rain or no, the games are sold out. Games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
"People are loving Auburn and Auburn softball," said outfielder Morgan Estell, a veteran who has seen the program gain national prominence after head coach Clint Myers arrived before last season.
"Shocking? No, because I know how hard this team has worked."
Auburn's Kasey Cooper isn't hiding from the excitement, either.
"The buildup and the atmosphere is great," said Cooper. "It's something people talk about. When you walk in a store and you have Auburn softball across your chest, people talk about, 'we're so proud of you.' Having people want to go to support us and want to see the game is great."
Haley Fagan says Auburn has already generated its own headlines because "of how well our team has been doing." But, she added, "this week has been really crazy."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine