AUBURN, Ala. — Bryan County High School alumna Tiffany Howard recently added another accolade to her already big softball resume.
Howard, a star outfielder for Auburn, has been named a Capital One third-team academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America, according to auburntigers.com.
The Tigers’ leadoff batter is majoring in organismal biology/integrative biology and maintained a 3.34 grade-point average over the last year. She is looking to get into the veterinary program at Auburn.
Howard, a junior last season, joins teammate Kasey Cooper and former Auburn All-American Paige Jones (2005) as the only Auburn softball players to ever be named an academic All-American.
On the field, Howard set career highs in multiple offensive categories and was named an NFCA third-team All-American in helping Auburn to its first appearance in the Women’s College World Series. Howard batted a career-best .415 with 72 runs scored, 86 hits, six triples and 25 RBI. The 86 hits is a new Auburn single-season record, five more than the previous record set by Kim Blair (81) in the inaugural 1997 season.
Howard reached base for the first 52 games of the season, one of the longest streaks in the nation. She finished the year with a .525 on-base percentage, second-best on the team. She also didn’t make a single error in left field all season and was a component in five outfield assists and one double play.
Along with the academic All-American and the NFCA All-American honors, Howard was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection — the first all-conference honor of her career — and was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team and NFCA first-team All-Southeast Region.