A knee injury slows the bat of Auburn's Haley Fagan
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Plans for stadium expansion of 900 seats and a good fall camp has Auburn softball coach Clint Myers feeling good about his team, though the loss of two of his shortstops to knee injuries has shaken things up.
Myers said Wednesday that Auburn, a World Series participant for the first time last season, has pushed on since the practice injures to Haley Fagan and Kelsey Bogaards that could sideline them to at least the opening of the spring season. Myers said Fagan and Bogaards could be out an "underdetermined amount of time based on rehabilitation."
"Both are looking to be back early in the season."
Fagan started all 67 games at either short or third last season, hitting .347 with 13 home runs and 56 RBIs. Boggarts hit .200 with 11 RBIs.
Freshman Casey McCrackin is getting a chance at short, as is Whitney Jordan, a reserve outfielder last season.
"She's been refreshing," Myers said. "I asked her where all this ability was last year when we were trying to teach her how to play short. She's really looked good. The time she spent in the outfield, I don't know if it helped her in the outfield, but it sure helped infield play."
Myers will wrap up fall practice next week, and conclude his exhibition schedule against Northwest Florida State and Columbus State in a doubleheader beginning at 4:45 p.m. Friday at Jane B. Moore Field.
Aside from the injuries, Myers said fall work has "been fine."
"Last year's team was a team of first. We want to continue that," Myers said.
"We have nine freshmen and they're kind of testing your patience," Myers joked. "But the returners have a very good presence right now.
"They know exactly what to do. They're leadership is great. They've been super as far as teaching the kids. That says a lot."
More pitching is on the horizon as well.
"The key for our success is always going to be score the runs and play the defense, but this year, we're going to have that third element: We're going to have good pitching," Myers said. "I'm very optimistic in what we can do this year."
Myers said Auburn is planning to add 900 seats and more rest rooms, and will reconfigure the front of the stadium to add a grassy area for fans and kids.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine
— AuburnPix (@AuburnPix) October 24, 2015