BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The following is a commentary blog from WBRC FOX6 Sports Director Rick Karle:
If you are like me, you like offense. Regardless of the sport, you like to see high scoring games. Well I'm here to tell you that if you like numbers, the numbers bring amassed by the Auburn softball team are incredible. Oh, there's still lots of softball to be played this season, but Clint Myer's gals are killing it. After advancing to the national semi-finals at the College Softball World Series last spring, I'm thinking that this just might be the year the Tigers win it all. The numbers bear it out:
*Through 45 games this season, Auburn stands at 41-4.
*Ranked 3rd in the nation, the Tigers are 25-2 at home.
*The Tigers have won 16 straight games while outscoring opponents 132-25.
*The team has just returned from Arkansas, where in a three-game sweep the Tigers outscored the Razorbacks 54-0.
*The Tigers lead the nation in runs scored per game at 9.33. The second-closest team scores 8.37 runs per game.
*The top four pitchers at Auburn are a combined 28-2.
*Auburn stands 5th in the nation with 69 total home runs.
How about the player breakdowns? The foursome of Kasey Cooper, Emily Carosone, Jade Rhodes and Tiffany Howard may wind up being named All-Americans before the season is done, and there are good reasons:
*Kasey Cooper leads the Tigers in batting with a .452 average. She has hit 15 homers and has 64 RBI's.
*Tiffany Howard is batting .418. one of three Tigers topping the .400 mark.
*Jade Rhodes, the reigning SEC Player Of The Week, has gone 10-5 with 3 homers and 8 RBI's over the past week. She's currently batting .417 with 59 RBI's.
*Emily Carosone is batting .376 with 39 home runs and is flirting the reach the .400 mark.
*Pitcher Kaylee Carlson leads the team with an earned run average of 0.86.
Last season was Clint Myer's second season as the head coach of the Tigers, and last season he helped the team set school records in batting average (.339), hits (606), home runs (99), RBI's (474) and runs scored (526). With plenty of games yet to be played in 2016, the Tigers are batting .334, have hit 69 home runs and collected 424 hits. Did I tell you the numbers are mind-blowing?
It was only a few years ago that when you thought of national powers in softball you thought Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arizona State and others. Now it's time to put Clint Myer's Auburn Tigers in the nation's upper echelon. Myers is now entrenched as the Tiger's head coach, more numbers are pouring in and his players are feeling it. That could soon spell bad news for players without the word "Auburn" on their jerseys.