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Howard, Auburn fall to No. 1 Florida
BCHS alumna makes it to Women's College World Series semifinals
Tiffany Howard
Bryan County High School alumna Tiffany Howard squares up for a bunt in softball action for Auburn. - photo by

Bryan County High School alumna Tiffany Howard and the Auburn Tigers made it to the Women’s College World Series semifinals before falling to top-seeded Florida on Sunday in Oklahoma City.

The Tigers opened the WCWS with a 6-1 loss Thursday. Howard went 1-for-3 with a one-out single in the third inning, but she was out after Emily Carosone grounded into a fielder’s choice, according to

Auburn beat Tennessee 4-2 Saturday afternoon, but Howard went 0-for-4.

On Saturday night, the Tigers beat UCLA 11-10 in a wild, walk-off, 10-inning game that advanced them to the semifinals. Howard went 1-for-6. In the third inning, she singled after Jenna Abbott received a leadoff walk. Howard advanced to second on a single by Carosone, to third on a bases-loaded walk by Kasey Cooper and then scored on a bases-loaded single by Branndi Melero.

Auburn gave the No. 1 Gators a tough game but fell 3-2 in nine innings Sunday, ending the Tigers’ season. Howard went 2-for-4. She reached on an error with one out in the second. She hit a leadoff single in the sixth but was thrown out when Cooper grounded into a fielder’s choice. Howard also singled with one out in the eighth inning.

Coach Clint Myers told that his squad will be back next year.

"It's not the end of the world, as I explained to the girls, because it's really the start of something new," he said. "We told them at the very beginning we're going to start a legacy at Auburn. Our plan is now an expectation: to be at the College World Series each and every year.”

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