I did not make this headline up
M Softball loses to #5 Arizona St 1-0
U of Arizona is the Wildcats.
It's a whole two posts down.
It wasn't there when I searched for the post and started to type this one.
and not post on a softball topic, then. We'd hate for you to fall asleep before you were finished with your amazing and insightful commentary.
I feel like our softball team is losing a lot this year. A lot more than normal.
17-9 is not a record Hutch would call average (thankfully). Softball has been in trouble for a lot of reasons this season, some seemingly inexplicable from the outside. The good news is that M should still be the B1G favorites at the moment.
Two close losses to top 10 teams, 2-0 ot Oklahoma, and 1-0 to ASU. Defense and pitching look like they are at the level we typically expect. MGoSoftball has said predviously that hitting has struggled against weaker pitching, so not really a suprise against these top teams. Still lots of time to turn that phase of the game around.
The only problem is that the big ten is weak. We will not get any bumps in rpi. We will have to run the table just to get into the top 16 and host a regional.
I have faith in these kids and coaches. I have seen coach hutch perform magic before. We will get it straightened out.
But I am concerned that weaker competition will not push our hitters to improve enough to make a deep run in the tourney.
Doesn't seem like there is much pop in our lineup this year.
The team is scoring about half as many runs per game as it did last year, down from about 6.5 to about 3.5. The strange thing is that almost all of the returning players are hitting much worse than they did last year. The whole team seems to be in a collective offensive funk and they may be pressing too much, as collectively they are walking less and striking out more than they did last year.
i noticed wagner pitched all three games in the tournament. is driesenga hurt or just getting some time off due to her ineffectiveness recently?
Like Haylie is going to be the #1 heading into the big ten opener. Congrats to her. She deserves it.
Sara has pitched well enough to win games but the offense did not support her. Tough break for her.
We will get back on track. I'm not in panic mode just yet. As long as we get better through the season and get hot for a long playoff run.