May 7, 2013
Auburn, Ala. -
Auburn softball players Branndi Melero, Morgan Estell, Emily Carosone and Tiffany Howard each earned postseason honors from the Southeastern Conference, the league announced today.
Melero was named to the All-SEC Second Team while Estell was selected to the SEC All-Defensive Team. Carosone and Howard were each named to the Freshman All-SEC Team, tying for the most Tigers on the Freshman Team. The 2004 Tigers also played two players (Sara Ghezzi and Kristina McCain) on the Freshman All-SEC Team.
"I am really happy for all of our players to earn recognition from the league," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "It isn't easy to earn all-conference honors in the SEC, there are a lot of talented ballplayers in this league."
Melero was voted to the All-SEC Second Team after leading the Tigers with a 14 RBI and three home runs in conference play. Melero, who earned Freshman All-SEC last season, hit .301 with five doubles against SEC competition.
"Branndi did a really good job driving in runs and getting on base this season," Deese said. "She really wanted to follow-up her freshman season with a strong year this year and I know this means a lot to her."
Estell, who earned Freshman All-SEC in 2011, was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team after not making an error at first base. Estell also hit .296 with 18 runs, tied for eighth in the league. Estell set the Auburn single-season record for runs scored with 60 this season.
"Morgan had a tremendous year hitting leadoff for us," Deese added. "She was really a catalyst for our offense, scoring the most runs in a season by any Auburn player. She did a great job when we needed her to move from centerfield to first base. Morgan takes a great deal of pride in playing defense and it certainly showed, not making an error."
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were each named to the Freshman All-SEC Team. Carosone was fifth in the league with a .386 batting average and was seventh with a .470 on-base percentage in SEC games this season. Carosone was the only Auburn freshman to start every game. Carosone registered the highest overall batting average by an Auburn freshman and the third-best single-season average for any Auburn player, hitting .389.
"You can't say enough about the job Emily did as a freshman," Deese said. "She hit the ball extremely well. She had the highest batting average in SEC games of anybody in the conference for most of the season. She played every game for us and it seemed like she was always making a play in the field or coming through with a big hit.
Tiffany Howard was second on the team with a .310 batting average in SEC games, trailing only Carosone. Over the last 19 games of the season, Howard led the Tigers with a .396 batting average and was third on the team with 13 runs scored in that span. Howard had six multi-hit games in the last month of the season, with five of those coming against SEC foes. Howard was 11-for-11 in stolen bases, which is fourth-most by an Auburn freshman.
"Tiffany really came on strong the last couple months of the season," Deese continued. "She got off to a slow start like a lot of freshmen do, but she really began to figure things out and became acclimated to the SEC and it really showed. She did a good job at the bottom of the order, and the later at the top of the order, getting on base and then stealing bases."
Auburn concluded the 2013 regular season with a 30-23 overall record and a 7-17 record in the SEC.