SPECIAL REPORT: Auburn softball: Together for a national title

SPECIAL REPORT: Auburn softball: Together for a national title

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The Auburn softball coaches, players, and fans are all in it together for one goal in 2016, to win a national title.

When I asked the players to tell me one word to describe Auburn softball, they said family, determination and committed.

The Tigers are a family, determined and committed to winning together. Coach Clint Myers and his 30 girls are hoping to switch the script from a year ago when they lost to Florida in the Women's College World Series.

"I look forward to seeing Florida again in the college world series. There's no doubt in my mind that we can beat them as long as we're mentally and physically ready, and doing the little things that we know how to do," said Emily Carasone.

Today on the diamond inside Jane B Moore field, the Auburn tigers are practicing the little things to win big. To make school history again, because they're not done yet. This is just the beginning to something, that will last a lifetime.

"You need to enjoy what you do, I mean there's nothing that says you can't have fun and work hard at the same time to become a champion," said Coach Myers.

To be a national champion, something that's never happened for Auburn softball. But 2016, could it be the year?

"Obviously I want people to remember us winning the national championship," said Jade Rhodes.

Her teammate Emily Carasone added, "I mean as my senior year that's the goal, I want to play three more days. We were three days away from being in the finals and winning the college world series."

Winning, that's all War Eagle has done all season, on and off the field, they win as a family.

"There's not one girl on this team that I wouldn't be behind in any situation. It's just one big family, they're my family away from home," said Carasone.

Home is what the seniors of this family have called Auburn for the last four years. But the players, what have they called coach?

"He's pretty much all of ours second dad," said Rhodes.

So win or lose, what's the last thing "dad" is going to tell his daughters? When the season's over, and it's time to go home.

"Don't change, don't change. They're great people. When we recruited them we didn't talk softball, our coaching record speaks for itself. We spend more time with them as people and trying to get them ready for life," Myers said. "We're proud of them, and when they leave Auburn they're going to be ready for life. They're going to go out and succeed because of their character, because of their mindset, and the belief in themselves. So these are the things that we don't want them to change, we want them just to carry on for the rest of their lives."

The Auburn softball family is now waiting to see where they'll play to start their road to winning the school's first national championship.

The Tigers' center fielder Tiffany Howard says "Be ready, because we coming OKC." She's talking about Oklahoma City, where the Women's College World Series is played.

The Division I Softball Committee will make their selections for the 2016 NCAA Softball Championship on Sunday.

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