I've never been happier to have to stay up late for the third night in a row to write these "How to Watch" posts before getting up to do very early PT at Ft Stewart and avoid the Ft Stewart heat. Auburn Softball has continued to shock and amaze us, and I'm not sure we should really be all that shocked and amazed, anymore. We should just expect the unbelievable.
Auburn failed to stage the complete come back in Monday's Game 1 of the Women's College World Series. They went into last night needing to win or else the season would be over. It looked bad, early, as OU jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Auburn then did what they did best: took the other team's best punches and then set in with the haymakers of their own.
That has been the theme of this season. Every time Auburn gets knocked down, they get back up and hit back even harder. They've come back from every adversity imaginable. That goes for the team as a whole and individual players. Whitney Jordan has struggled at times with errors at inopportune moments. Every time she responds by locking down clutch plays and doing things like hitting a 3-run home run.
The standard joke for Auburn fans has been that it's not Auburn sports without serious stress all the way to the end of the game. The softball team has often exemplified that, this season, and yet it's been such an amazing and fun ride.
Now we'll do it one last time with everything on the line.
It's the last game of the year; can't hold anything back, now.
You can guarantee that Oklahoma ace pitcher Paige Parker - who did not pitch last night - will start tonight. Unless Auburn can figure her out, she'll pitch the whole night. Who will Auburn go with? I wouldn't be surprised if it's Rachel Walters or Makayla Martin. It could be Lexi Davis, who did well Monday night other than one bad pitch. Both teams are going to be going all out with every bit of emotion going through them to get the win.
This two game series has already been amazing. I would be shocked if tonight is any different.
Of course, Auburn, if you really want to continue the trend in just the right way at just the right time, you'll shock me and win this one with ease. That would be nice.
It's going to be fun. You shouldn't miss it. Drop whatever else you have tomorrow night barring threat to life, limb, or eyesight, and watch this game. Be at Jane B Moore Field if you're in Auburn. I can't stand that I'm on Annual Training and missing that. Find a bar. Find a watch party. Watch these ladies for every minute - no matter how the game is going - because I guarantee you it will be fun and you will marvel at something they do.
War Eagle, ladies. Go get 'em.
How to Watch:
Time: 7:00pm Eastern / 6:00pm Central
In Auburn: Go watch it at Jane B. Moore Field on the video board!