On February 12, 2011 Morgan Estell took the field for the first time as an Auburn Tiger. She was the lead off hitter in the Tigers' opening game against Alabama State. The second pitch the Freshman saw, was driven out of the park for the first home run of her collegiate career and a star was born for Auburn Softball.
The homer came in the Tigers opening tournament of the All - Alabama Softball Classic. She went 8 - 13 with two home runs that weekend and was voted Tournament MVP.
This week she was named to the Preseason All-Southeastern Conference Softball Team by the league coaches.
Since that first at bat, Estell has been a force to be reckoned with by opposing pitchers. She led the team in batting average - ranking sixth in the SEC (.429), 11th in on-base percentage (.489), second in doubles (18), 12th in hits (59) and eighth in fielding double plays (8). She scored 38 runs, hit 5 home runs, and had 30 RBI's for the season.
Morgan led the team in hitting, RBI's, and doubles and helped lead the Tigers to their fourth consecutive SEC Tournament appearance.
Estell started about half the games last season at first base and half of the games in the outfield. She was named on Tuesday as a pre season All-SEC Outfielder.
Head coach Tina Deese said, "We are very happy to see that Morgan earned a spot on the Preseason All-SEC Team. It's good to see that hard work pays off and that Morgan is recognized as one of the elite players in the conference."