No. 1 Auburn // No. 2 Cal // No. 3 Notre Dame // No. 4 ETSU
AUBURN, Ala. – The quest for a third-straight appearance in the Women’s College World Series begins Friday for the No. 7 Auburn softball team. The Tigers (46-10) open postseason play with the 2017 NCAA Auburn Regional, May 19-21, at Jane B. Moore Field.
Auburn, the No. 1 seed in the regional, welcomes No. 2 seed Cal, No. 3 seed Notre Dame and No. 4 seed East Tennessee State to The Plains for a double-elimination tournament. The winner will advance to the NCAA Super Regionals and match up with the winner of the Normal Regional for a best-of-three series.
All games of the regional will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. Auburn’s games can also be heard on the radio locally on 95.9 FM and the official Auburn app. Mark Neely and Jenny Dalton-Hill will describe the action on television, while Brit Bowen and Brad Law have the call from the radio booth for the Tigers.
Auburn holds an 18-21 record in the regional round all-time, but is 6-0 as the No. 1 seed in the opening round.
Current members of the Tigers have amassed 27 extra-base hits in NCAA Tournament play, paced by Kasey Cooper’s 12. Jenna Abbott, Kaylee Carlson and Makayla Martin have combined for an 8-2 record in the annual postseason tournament all-time.
Should Auburn advance, it would host the NCAA Super Regionals, May 26-28, at Jane B. Moore Field.
Player to Watch: Kasey Cooper
Senior Kasey Cooper has stepped up when her team has needed her at the most crucial times in her career. She touts a .375/.524/.625 slash line in her career in NCAA Tournament play. Cooper has 30 hits, including 12 extra-base knocks, with 24 RBI in postseason competition. In addition, the Dothan, Ala. native is hitting .366 with 32 RBI inside the friendly confines of Jane B. Moore Field this season.
Against the Field
Auburn has faced 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament this season and hold a 24-10 record against the postseason foes, including nine wins against teams hosting a regional.
The Tigers have faced the three teams in their regional nine times and have picked up a win against the likes of Cal, ETSU and Notre Dame. Auburn and Notre Dame have squared off seven times - by far the most common matchup in the regional.
An Auburn Advancement Would...
Should the Tigers win their regional, Auburn would advance to the NCAA Super Regionals for the third time in its history with all previous advancements coming under head coach Clint Myers (2015, 2016).
In the last 10 games, Auburn has outscored the opposition 41-21, including two shutouts. The Tigers have notched 15 extra-base hits, including eight doubles and seven homers. Carlee Wallace leads the way with three, while Kasey Cooper, Haley Fagan, Carmyn Greenwood, Alyssa Rivera and Kendall Veach round out the list with two apiece.