Auburn wins SEC softball tournament title

Tiffany Howard helps lead Auburn to SEC crown

The gaffe turned out to be just the spark Auburn needed to claim the SEC Tournament crown with a 7-1 victory over LSU at Mississippi State's Nusz Park.

In the last two years, Auburn has succeeded thanks to continued defensive excellence and dominant starting pitching. One run scored on an error, two scored on an Emily Carosone single, and the fourth run came in on a throwing error trying to make the play at home after Carosone's single.

With the win, Auburn became the third program since the SEC Tournament started in 1997 to repeat as champions.

It is truly remarkable what head coach Clint Myers has been able to do with this team.

Before 2015, Auburn had never won a championship of any kind in softball, and now the Tigers will watch the NCAA tournament selection show Sunday night with the expectation of being a national seed for the second straight year. For the second straight season, Auburn defeated Florida, this time 2-1, to advance to the SEC tournament final. Freshman Makayla Martin only surrendered one run in five innings, with senior Rachael Walters closing the door on LSU. "Our guys have been playing well, and we look sharp and are ready to go".

That put Auburn up 4-0 in the second inning, with all four runs being unearned.

Sydney Booker drew a two-out walk in the top of the second to give Alabama its first baserunner of the day and Hawkins battled to a full count before dropping an RBI double into right center for Alabama's first hit of the day and its first run.

In the fifth inning, senior Jade Rhodes singled to right field to plate junior Kasey Cooper. She hadn't hit a home run in 676 career at-bats, but she drove a pitch from LSU right-hander Allie Walljasper deep over wall.

"It felt great. I really wasn't swinging for the fences", Howard said. Because not only did Auburn win back-to-back titles, Carosone also picked up SEC Tournament MVP for the second year in a row.

Auburn could host a regional at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn in this years' NCAA Tournament. Though Myers doesn't like to speak to what the committee might do, he doesn't think his team could have made a bigger case for a top-eight ranking than it did this weekend.

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