Auburn softball looking for big finish to regular season
May 5, 2016

Emily Carosone, who is hitting a cool .382, is looking for big finish to the Auburn season
Emily Carosone, who is hitting a cool .382, says the Tigers will bounce back this weekend

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. ― Emily Carosone says she got the message after Auburn's romp through the softball season ran smack-dab into a bad day at Tennessee last weekend.

The Vols beat Auburn 10-2 and 12-1 last Sunday, making this weekend's series against Texas A&M bigger than ever as the Tigers vie for one of the eight national seeds in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will close out the regular season against the Aggies in a three-game series that begins Friday at 6 p.m. at Jane B. Moore Field.

Auburn is ranked sixth nationally and sports a 45-7 record. Alas, the Tennessee doubleheader was a rude awakening.

"It was a wakeup call," Carosone said. "We just can't go out expect to win. We've got to put in an effort and be ready to play every day.

"Every team has a bad day, we're going to move past it."

Auburn is moving toward its final three regular-season games, then a trip to Starkville next week for the Southeastern Conference Tournament. After that, it's an NCAA regional, one that Auburn most likely will host, then, the Tigers hope, a Super Regional on the way to a return trip to the College World Series. The top eight national seeds are guaranteed to host the first two weekends of the regionals if they win a first-round regional.

"We're still one of the top eight teams in the country. There's no doubt about that," said Auburn coach Clint Myers.

Auburn is 15-5 in the SEC to go along with that 45-7 overall record. The Tigers have a long-shot chance to win the SEC regular-season title. No. 17 Texas A&M is 35-16 overall and 7-14 in the league. Myers will be looking to add to his win total after that doubleheader in Knoxville produced an un-Auburn-like high number of walks and errors.

"I've been doing this for 40 years, and it's the first time in my 40 years something like that happened," Myers said. "It just shows you the possibilities can emerge. You want to diagnosis a little bit, but, more than anything else, you've got to move on. We've played 50 games and we've been playing a long time, and the semester is almost over, and here we are talking about one day.

"We're not panicking. We're not making wholesale changes. We're just working harder.

"Everybody has a bump in the road. We had our one bump and, hopefully, we'll be able to respond to the challenge. If history has taught us anything, you look back at your past successes, and we have plenty to look back upon. I think this is still a great team."

The weekend series will conclude with 1 p.m. games Saturday and Sunday.

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

 

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