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  1. I think Makayla plans to attend grad school at AU. Maybe the thought of playing is something she wants to do instead of being a GA or being done with softball all together. I haven't done the math either, but maybe our extended stay in College Station last week and hopefully a long weekend in Tucson is enough for her to qualify for the medical redshirt. I believe with the regular season she was at 30.1%.
  2. Last year, our RPI was 18 and we got sent to 6 seed FSU. That was actually worse than this year´s seeding. I wish softball followed the S-curve for seeding. It´s more about who can bus in (just look at the Tennessee, Texas, and Northwestern regionals... nothing but teams that can drive in). FSU was the only non-SEC host in the South that we could bus to, but they sent South Carolina there. Arizona needed a 2-seed to fly in as no one else was close so it makes sense.
  3. Yes, with AU making the semis we selected 2 athletes for the all-tourney team (Kentucky also got 2, Bama 3, and Florida 4). Barnhill was very deserving. I knew as soon as UF came back to beat South Carolina without her having to throw, that UF was set up with a fresh Barnhill. Walton gambled that first game, and it paid off. The Gators have to be a top 8 seed now after winning 4 games in 4 days against top notch competition.
  4. Barnhill barely broke a sweat today against LSU. They had one bunt single, and that was it. I would be highly shocked if she doesn’t start against us tomorrow.
  5. We have looked so much more relaxed tonight from the word go. That’s very encouraging.
  6. Rain delay. Florida/South Carolina resume at 6:00 central in the second inning. AU should begin around 8:30ish if there are no more delays.
  7. The weather forecast for College Station does not look good. I hope they can get all 12 tournament games in.
  8. The bracket is out: http://www.secsports.com/bracket/softball We play Mizzou Wednesday at 3:00, with the winner facing Tennessee Thursday. Honestly, with the way we are playing, I don’t like our chances against any SEC team. But, I do like Mizzou and potentially UT better than a pod with Florida, Georgia, Bama, Kentucky, or LSU.
  9. I’m glad Char was recognized. She and Barnhill were both deserving.
  10. The SEC has done co players and pitchers of the week before. In my opinion, Harris’s performance shouldn’t go unrecognized. How either of these do in game 3 could be the deciding factor. I expect Barnhill to start game 3.
  11. Agreed... it would probably take 5 or maybe even more wins to put us back on the host line (we have 7 regular season games plus the SEC tournament left). Baalman pitched game 1. She entered with a 4.05 ERA, and we made her look like Monica Abbott. Baalman and Humes had both been struggling as of late, and we made them both look like Abbott and Osterman tonight. Louisville lit both up on Wednesday. A few weeks ago, Mizzou swept Kentucky in Lexington. I know we are better than what we’ve shown against USC and UK.
  12. This team is in a bad funk right now. It will be difficult to rebound for Monday´s game. With the way we are playing, I don´t even like our chances against a struggling Florida offense and worn out Kelly Barnhill next weekend. Our pitching has a hit a wall without Makayla. We held our own against Miss St and Tennessee, but a large part of that was due to the offense helping our pitchers out. The UGA, South Carolina, and UK series have been rough for our pitching and offense. And the last two weeks, our defense has looked like a bad travel ball team´s. We are better than what we are showing, and I hope Mickey and the rest of the coaches can help our girls navigate their way out of this slump.
  13. To my knowledge, Corey Myers is coaching the Chinese national team. They upset Australia and Japan and won the Asia Pacific Cup back in February. Hunter is his assistant. Hunter is the head coach of the Beijing Eagles in the pro league, but I don't think Corey is involved.
  14. I think it must be said that Hunter Veach is the coach of the Beijing Eagles, but this is still great for Auburn. Also, that makes 9 AU players in the pros (if Martin signs... I´m assuming the other 4 will because Hunter should have a good idea of their interest). 6 on Beijing Eagles - Angel Bunner, Victoria Draper, Kendall Veach, Casey McCrackin, Morgan Podany, Bree Fornis 3 on Cleveland Comets - Emily Carosone, Jade Rhodes, Makayla Martin The reason I brought up whether or not Makayla would sign is because Kaylee Carlson was drafted last year and did not sign. The league doesn´t pay much, and many of these girls have already made plans for after college softball is over. Other examples of Auburn players who didn´t work out with the NPF would be Branndi Melero and Morgan Estell.
  15. Carolina was a #9 national seed in last year’s NCAA tournament (by far their best year in 2 decades). This year, until the Bama series, has been a disappointment. I’m hoping they haven’t turned a corner.