Auburn softball star Kasey Cooper will represent more than just the Tigers on the softball diamond in the upcoming year.
On Friday, the USA women’s national softball team named Cooper to its 20-player roster for a second straight year. Cooper, a senior third baseman, earned the spot after her performance in a selection camp that was held in Clearwater, Fla., last week.
“Everyone did very well at the tryouts and it was up to the committee,” Cooper said in a statement released by Auburn. “They said it took forever because they didn’t know. They deliberated and I was ecstatic when I found out. I’m very happy, honored and privileged to be a part of the USA program, and to continue another year with them.”
Cooper won the WBSC Women’s World Championship with Team USA last year. The national team will play in the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, Okla., in July and a Pan American Games/WBSC Women’s World Championship qualifier.
The senior is the only player in Auburn softball history to represent the United States on an international level. Cooper, a three-time All-American, is the defending SEC Player of the Year and espnW National Player of the Year after hitting .422 with 21 home runs and 83 RBI in the 2016 season.
“We’re very excited for Kasey and she’s very deserving of this honor,” Auburn coach Clint Myers said in a statement. “We’re excited for her to represent not only the Auburn softball program but also the country on the Women’s National Team.”
Cooper already holds the all-time records for Auburn softball in career batting average, home runs and RBI. She led the Tigers to back-to-back Women’s College World Series appearances, including a run to the championship series a season ago.