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|7 hours 8 min ago||So glad I was able to make it||
So glad I was able to make it home for the playoffs this year! Great game, gutty performance from so many different players. The explosion of joy from Wagner when she hit that HR was just beautiful! It's been a treat to make my little contribution to the coverage of this team & to join the rest of you guys in backing them on the board here. Glad we're not done doing so just yet!
|2 days 8 hours ago||Romero was denied B10 POY||
Romero was denied B10 POY this year. Speculation around here clustered around two theories - one, that they didn't want us just sweeping the awards, and we already had undisputed locks on Coach & Pitcher (Hutchins and Betsa). Also, Romero did have a little "Sierra Slump" (known to most players as "the best year of my life") during conference play, and Minny's star pitcher was fantastic. If they were focusing solely on in-conference performance, there is a legitimate argument that Romero didn't do as well; if you take the season as a whole into account, though, she stands out ahead.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Thanks for the side-by-side.||
Thanks for the side-by-side. Obviously some people would raise strength of schedule issues against Betsa, but our brutal non-conf balances a lot of that out in my mind, especially this year. Taking it just by the numbers, she measures up really well against these two. The only area where both of the other two clearly out-pace her is in terms of walks, which has been a known point for improvement for Betsa all along. An important thing to remember, though, ias that she's younger than either of these two. She's already almost level with the best in the land, and has the potential to keep developing. Hitters, beware... :)
|2 days 11 hours ago||Glad to see her get the||
Glad to see her get the recognition. Hopefully she'll bring home the award itself either this year or next. She's come so close three times now, she'd better win it at some point! Of course, I'm sure her focus is solely on the team's success, but for us as fans and also for the prestige of the program, these things are important.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Also, if anyone wants||
Also, if anyone wants tickets, you'd better act NOW! You can't get 2 together anywhere in the infield for day 2 already!
|2 days 21 hours ago||Thanks for the catch - no||
Thanks for the catch - no idea how I missed that! :)
|3 days 4 hours ago||Sorry if any of the||
Sorry if any of the formatting came out a little wonky on this one - not using my usual computer, so things might not quite line up the way I expect. It looks alright to me, except for the picture being a bit too big, which for some reason I can't fix.
|5 days 4 hours ago||A little frustrated with||
A little frustrated with these game times, I have to admit. I was hoping for something on the weekend, and something more in the afternoon. Still, maybe giving Georgia a little less time to prepare for our line-up will play to our advantage!
On a related note, I'm about half-way through writing up a super-regional preview. I've got to go to bed now, and I need to do some research on Georgia, but I should have it ready soon - I'm planning on posting it on Wednesday.
|6 days 5 hours ago||They had signs up before the||
They had signs up before the game today saying tickets were available at the gate, so you might be in luck. Hope you can make it!
|6 days 11 hours ago||Just got back from the game -||
Just got back from the game - what a fantastic day. Perfect weather, Betsa dealing in the circle, and hitting through the line-up. Highlight of the day, though, might have been that diving catch from Abby Ramirez - what a play! Hope we can do it up again tomorrow!
|1 week 1 day ago||Thanks for the bump & for the||
Thanks for the bump & for the comments. This is a great team, and a pleasure to write about. I'm really looking forward to getting down to Alumni Field this weekend - sounds like the place will be packed!
|1 week 2 days ago||Thanks! I'm putting it||
Thanks! I'm putting it together now. Thanks for passing along the formatting - hopefully I'll get it right in the transfer. Should have something up in the next hour or two.
|1 week 2 days ago||I've been meaning to put one||
I've been meaning to put one together, but been busy. Should have some free time tonight - of course, if one of the more professional types out there wants to, I don't mind taking a back seat. :)
|1 week 2 days ago||Got mine for Saturday and||
Got mine for Saturday and Sunday! Can't wait to see this team in action! Looks like Alumni Field is going to be pretty packed, which should make for a great atmosphere.
|1 week 3 days ago||"I can sort of understand why||
"I can sort of understand why Minny's player got it if they were being judged only on regular season conference play."
I suspect that this is what was going on. If you take the season as a whole, Romo stands alone, but it's true that she dipped a bit in conference play (down to the level of "elite mortal" instead of "deathless juggernaut"). Hopefully she's back to her usual levels for the tourney! It looks like she's trending in that direction.
|1 week 5 days ago||We did - two years ago, last||
We did - two years ago, last time we hosted a regional. We took care of business; hopefully we can replicate that performance!
|1 week 5 days ago||Yep - can't complain about||
Yep - can't complain about it. Any regional will have some tought teams - this is one I can certainly live with.
|1 week 5 days ago||As many predicted, we face||
As many predicted, we face Oakland first. Then it's the winners of Pitt vs. California.
|1 week 5 days ago||If seeds hold, Georgia will||
If seeds hold, Georgia will be our super-regional opponent. I don't know much about them - anyone have a feel for them?
|1 week 5 days ago||Well, there you go - Bama at||
Well, there you go - Bama at 6, Sooners at 11. Glad we won't be going up against Oklahoma - their offense scares me. I'm still shaken from when we faced them in the WCWS a couple years back!
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting regional for||
Interesting regional for James Madison - lots of smaller schools there.
|1 week 5 days ago||Oregon in at #2, which means||
Oregon in at #2, which means we're #3. FANTASTIC set-up for us. Let's see who we end up facing...
|1 week 5 days ago||YES!! Pollsters over RPI for||
YES!! Pollsters over RPI for us!
|1 week 5 days ago||Good for ULL getting a seed.||
Good for ULL getting a seed. As a fellow national powerhouse from a smaller conference, I have to give them some love. I know Hutch has huge respect for their coach, too.
|1 week 5 days ago||That was actually my first||
That was actually my first ever live softball game. It says a lot about how awesome Alumni Field is that, even with a disappointing result, I immediately fell in love with the enivornment and the team.
|1 week 5 days ago||Nebraska makes the tourney in||
Nebraska makes the tourney in LSU's regional. Good for the Big Ten to get them in - that means 4, since Minny is in for sure, and we already saw Northwestern in there as well.
|1 week 5 days ago||Tennessee grabs the 8 on the||
Tennessee grabs the 8 on the strength of a late-season run. The committee definitely taking the tourneys into account - may help explain our top-4 rating as well.
|1 week 5 days ago||Notre Dame hosting a regional||
Notre Dame hosting a regional (#16), so that rules them out as an opponent for us. Impressive for them.
|1 week 5 days ago||Selection show is underway...||
Selection show is underway...
|1 week 5 days ago||Very true. They're also more||
Very true. They're also more vulnerable to upset within their regionals, a) because they're going to be a bit weaker themselves and b) because they're facing those teams that didn't miss by much. Michigan has proved this in the recent past, winning a couple regionals on the road in the last few years.