With the SEC Softball Tournament set to begin tomorrow in Starkville, MS, the SEC announced their regular season post-season awards today. Auburn's own Kasey Cooper walked away with two of the most important.
Congrats to Kasey Cooper! SEC Player of the Year AND Scholar Athlete of the Year#WarEagle https://t.co/wG8GkSXlBH— Auburn Softball (@Auburn_Softball) May 10, 2016
Cooper finished the season with a team-leading 19 home runs to tie the Auburn single-season home run record set last season. That number was good for tied at the top of the conference. She went on a tear in the final two series to take the team lead over Jade Rhodes, who set the record last season. Her batting average of .435 was 4th in the conference, and she was tops in slugging percentage at .939. She also led in total bases with 138.
What's even more amazing is that she was that effective at the plate while also leading the nation in walks (53). She finished in the Top 10 of every major batting category other than triples.
It didn't end there, though. Kasey was also named First Team All-SEC Defense.
Also representing Auburn on All-SEC:— Auburn Softball (@Auburn_Softball) May 10, 2016
Cooper (1st Team, All-Defensive)
Jade Rhodes (2nd Team, All-Defensive)
Emily Carosone (All-Defensive)
Auburn games almost always had some form of defensive highlight from Kasey Cooper. A diving catch. A ridiculously fast turned double-play off of said catch. Her performance in the field was equal to her performance at the plate. It was those qualities that led to her being named the SEC's Player of the Year.
Equal to both of those were her being named Scholar Athlete of the Year, as well. She is majoring in Mechanical Engineering, so that's no small feat!
Congrats, Kasey! These are all honors that are very well deserved.