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 AuburnTigers.com.
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 AuburnTigers.com 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.”