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1  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Coach Gaitley Signs 2 Year Extension on: Today at 05:29:02 pm
Our winningest WBB coach will be with us through 20203.

http://fordhamsports.com/news/2017/5/24/womens-basketball-stephanie-gaitley-signs-two-year-extension.aspx
2  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Sailing / Re: RAMS at ICSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS on: May 22, 2017, 11:40:58 pm
Good luck sailors!
3  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 22, 2017, 12:46:41 pm
Odd rule:  if LSU and La-Lafayette get rained out today, since each team has 1 loss, the higher seeded team, LSU moves on.

Tulsa outhit OK 8-6 but lost 3-0 so #10 OK moves on.

#13 LSU will move on too as they beat La-Lafayette 5-1. 

That means every seeded and home team moves on, for the first time ever.

Here's the Super Regionals bracket:  http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/softball/d1/2017  It's the best of 3 with some games starting Thursday, other Friday.
4  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 20, 2017, 10:07:05 pm
Elsewhere, Fairfield, whom we beat 2-1 early in the year, only lost to #13 seed LSU 2-1.  LSU then lost to Louisiana Lafayette at home.

Albany only lost to #16 seed Alabama by 5-1.

Lehigh, whom we beat 4-2, during the year lost 8-0 to UCLA and 10-8 to CSU Fullerton.

North Dakota State upset #10 Oklahoma, then Tulsa, whom we beat 7-6 early in the year, beat North Dakota State, thus making the regional finals vs Oklahoma.  (update:  Tulsa was up 4-2 in the 10th but OK tied it again on a 2-run HR then won on another 2-run HR)  They play again on Monday.

Alabama beat Minnesota 1-0 on a terrible ball-4 call, walking in the winning run.  Minnesota continues to get screwed.  Bama eventually eliminated them in another 1-0 game and won the regional.

Florida int'l, whom we lost to 4-2 during the year, won 1 game in their region but was then eliminated.

#15 seed Baylor, whom we beat 1-0 to start the year, made their regional finals and won it.
A Baylor pitcher, Gia Rodoni, has thrown 2 regional no hitters, the last against James Madison.

Updates to come.

#1 seed Florida, #2 Arizona, #3 Oregon, #4 Florida State, #5 UCLA, #6 Washington, #7 Auburn, #8 Tennessee, #9 Texas A&M, #11 Utah, #12 Mississippi, #14 Kentucky, #15 Baylor, and #16 Alabama so far are moving on.  All were hosts and favorites.  It shows good committee selections, and/or the advantages of playing at home.   

#13 LSU's games are delayed.  They have to beat La-Lafayette twice.  (update:They beat them once late Sunday night.  Will play again on Monday.)  #10 OK will have to beat Tulsa on Monday after beating them in extras today.  It'd be the first super regional for Tulsa if they win.
5  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 20, 2017, 06:49:19 pm
Ha ha. Not as bad as those who post about 71.

Overachieve might be a bit much, perhaps I should just say persevered. I thought we were done when Van Hoven  went down. She is tough to replace. Figueroa was a big loss too.
Agree.

Utah beat BYU 14-0 in 6 to win the regional.
6  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 20, 2017, 05:18:07 pm
I think this team overachieved. Maybe not relative to conference predict, I can't remember what they were, but relative to what would have been expected after all the injuries. The injuries were to some key people and the team overcame them.
Ace, we were predicted to win the A10 by a vote of 9-1.  Once the injury bug hit, I was almost surprised we did win it, so, to that extent, I guess one could say we overachieved.  We almost didn't though, even with Van Hoven returning to at least hit.  And this was a weak A10.

One of the many differences between us and a Power 5 team is depth.  I forget which team it was, but one in the NCAAs lost 9 players from last year due to graduation, then lost 4 this year due to injury, yet they still made it back.

I think Bridget really thought she had a shot this year to get past the NCAA regionals.   As I said previously, we didn't have the stoppers in the circle though, regardless of what we did defensively or at bat. 

In 2010, Jen Mineau lost in the NCAAs to #7 Oklahoma 1-0 and 2-0, the latter game on 2 unearned runs, while beating Maryland 5-2.  She pitched all 3 games.  We wound up ranked #27 that year, mostly because of her.  Without a similar pitcher, even with a healthy team, our final outcome this year wouldn't have been different.  That doesn't mean I'm not very proud of this team, however.

Next year it'll be tough to win the A10 with the loss of all of our seniors.

I guess I'm sounding like those of us who post about the '71 men's BB team.  Cheesy

 
7  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 20, 2017, 04:02:24 pm
Here's the SID's write up and box scores of the last two games.  http://www.fordhamsports.com/news/2017/5/20/softballs-season-ends-with-third-place-finish-in-salt-lake-city-regional.aspx?path=softball

Included are a list of 9 records we broke with this year's team.  Despite the final outcome, quite a performance!
8  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 20, 2017, 12:09:58 am
Rams win. Face BYU in a little while....

EAM   1   2   3   4   5   6   7      R   H   E   L
FOR   0   0   4   4   0   1   0      9   14   1   13
MS   1   0   0   0   0   2   0      3   13   0   9


FORDHAM OFFENSIVE LEADERS
PLAYER   AB   HIGHLIGHTS
VAN HOVEN   3-5   2B, 2 RBI
JOHNSTON   3-5   1 RBI
MAYER   2-4   2 RBI
SKREPENAK   2-4   1 RBI
SHAW   1-4   1 RBI
AUGHINBAUGH   1-3   1 RBI
Shaw's RBI was a new season record of 74.  Am glad she got it.
9  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 19, 2017, 11:37:31 pm
We didn't meet our goal of getting to the super regionals, but a good year.  Even if healthy, we wouldn't have gotten further.  Bottom line is we don't have the pitching to do so.  Its good enough for A10 play and a few upsets here and there but not good enough to advance in the regionals.  We haven't had one who could get us there since Jen Mineau.  If she had the bats we had this year, she might have done it.  Even though Auginbagh won vs MS, she gave up 13 hits.  She scattered them, stayed away from the big ones for the most part, gave up only 1 BB, and pitched out of jams.

I would to like to have seen how much they would have gotten better if we still had Coach Winter as a pitching coach.  She, by the way, still pitches for the pro team, Akron Racers and was All-American at Notre Dame.  Big loss in my opinion, and it wasn't her decision.
10  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 19, 2017, 08:35:20 pm
We play #21 BYU next at about 9 pm.
11  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 19, 2017, 07:35:54 pm
8-1....!  Top the 4th.  Bases loaded for Fordham...2 out.

MSU on 3rd pitcher
That's more like it!  MS is ranked 30 by the way.

I think we were tight and tired last night and Quense wasn't hitting her areas or with much movement.
12  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 19, 2017, 07:12:19 pm
4-1...bases loaded, only one out....still top 3rd.  MSU just benched their SS for a mental error.
Good thing Bridget doesn't do that.  Tough coach!
13  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 19, 2017, 06:18:33 pm
In the 2nd, Johnston singled off the wall to lead it off.  She fell rounding 1b or it would have been a double.  That cost us a run.  Mayer flied out.  Van Hoven singled.  Quense got an infield single to load the bases with 1 out.  Skrepenak K'd.  Aughinbaugh grounded out.  3 LOB.

In the bottom half, Aughinbaugh gave up a single, got 2 fly ball outs, gave up another single, the runner stole 2b, then got a pop up.

Rams down 1-0 after 2.

I'm unable to continue play by play.  Anyone feel free to post updates.

Here are the links:  http://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=3079294&bucketId=-250728499
http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=175089
14  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 19, 2017, 05:41:19 pm
Aughinbaugh is in the circle vs Mississippi State with Quense at 1b and Shaw in RF.  Van Hoven is DH for Vergona.  We are Visitors.

Silkwood, a lefty with a 2.01 ERA and a 2:1 K:BB ratio is in the circle for MS.  They have a team .279 BA in a tough SEC conference.  They are very successful in SBs, especially their leading hitter, and leadoff hitter, Robinson.

I won't be able do do play by play for more than a couple of innings.

In the top of the 1st, Canessa lined out the 1st pitch to the SS.  Hughes K'd, as did Shaw.

In the bottom of the 1st, Aughinbaugh gave up a single to Robinson, who stole 2b easily.  A perfect bunt single moved the runner.  A WP caught the runner off 3b in a rundown, but the other runner moved to 3b.  Better handled than the other day but still not handled properly.  If it had been, the runner wouldn't have gotten to 3b.  Aughinbaugh got a GB out, then gave up a double and a run.  A foul out ended it.

Rams down 1-0 after 1.
15  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 19, 2017, 04:56:27 pm
Our game will start late as the Utah-BYU game is still going on.  BYU up 2-1 in the 6th.  Some great defense by both teams, but BYU has outhit the Utes.

Update:  Utah tied it up in the bottom of the 7th, then went on and won 3-2 with a pinch hit.  Now THAT's NCAA playoff softball!

Our game will start at about 5:50.
16  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Re: Baseball Gets Improbable Win on: May 19, 2017, 04:35:24 pm
We beat the Bonnies in game one, 2-1, but lost the 2nd one 7-6 when 2 runs scored in the bottom of the 9th, the 2nd on a passed ball.  We had been up 5-1, then went ahead 6-5 in the 9th.  We have one more game, but w're 26-24, 10-12 and this loss eliminated us from the playoffs.

http://fordhamsports.com/news/2017/5/19/baseball-eliminated-from-playoff-contention-following-loss-at-st-bonaventure.aspx
17  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 18, 2017, 10:24:20 pm
In the top of the 5th, Quense led off with a single.  Figueroa in to PR.  Skrep lined out to 3b, our hardest hit ball today.  Aughinbaugh hit into a force.  Canessa walked.  Hughes grounded out.  2 LOB.

Rams lose 10-0 on the run rule.  We had 2 hits, 4 errors and upteen misplays.  Quense gave up 8 runs on 8 hits with 1 BB.  Stocks gave up 2 runs (0 earned) on 1 hit with 2 BB.  Aughinbaugh had 1 K.

Yes we had exams and a tough travel, but that's pretty embarrassing when one sees the score on a national post.  I said Quense has trouble in cold weather and I said our defense was a problem coming in, but 8 runs were "earned" (maybe 5 or 6 actually), and Utah hammered the ball.

We play Mississippi State tomorrow afternoon at 5:30 ET.  If we win, we then play the loser of Utah-BYU at around 8:30.  I attended the game the last time we played MS, in Starkville, in 2008, when they were ranked #21.  We lost 6-5 in 8 innings.  Nicole Ayres, tragically murdered a few years later, pitched for us in that one.

Here are the links to the Mississippi State game:  http://www.fordhamsports.com/schedule.aspx?path=softball
18  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 18, 2017, 10:14:03 pm
In the 4th, new pitcher for Utah, Hilburn, with a 1.63 ERA who has had control problems this year.  Hughes and Shaw walked.  Johnston K'd.  Mayer grounded into a force at 2b.  Van Hoven grounded out.  With good wheels, she might have beaten that out.  2 LOB.

In the bottom half of the 4th, Aughinbaughin to pitch.  Trivelpiece to RF.   Aughinbaugh got a K, our 1st.  Trivelpiece then made an error in RF on a routine fly ball.  When it rains it pours.  We then got a force at 2b and a GB out.

Rams down 10-0 after 4.
19  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 18, 2017, 09:40:21 pm
In the 3rd, Skrepenak and Quense K'd.  Aughinbaugh blooped a single, our 1st hit, and took 2b on the throw.  Canessa grounded out on a great play by Flippen at 2b.

Stocks in to pitch for Quense.  She walked the first batter.  Shaw booted a pop up at 1b.   That's our 3rd official error and maybe 6th misplay.  Stocks got a fly out on a nice catch by Canessa.  A fly ball to RF scored a run and the throw missed the cutoff, allowing the runner to get to 2b.  Hughes dropped the throw from Vergona, which might have gotten the runner. (add 2 more misplays) A single off Mayer's glove at SS scored a run.  Stocks walked another batter then got a pop up.

Rams down 10-0 after 3.
20  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 18, 2017, 09:18:26 pm
In the top of the 2nd, Johnston popped up, Mayer grounded out, Van Hoven fouled out.  We have to swing at more 1st pitches.  Every one has been a strike down the middle.  Donavan has excellent control.

In the bottom of the 2nd, Hughes made an error at 2b.  Quense gave up a double off Johnston's glove at 3b.  An infield single off Hughes' glove at 2b scored 2.  The announcers are getting it right as to the defensive effect of the injuries - errors and plays that aren't made that should be made.  A bunt and poor defensive decisions scored another run, but the hitter was eventually thrown out at 2b.  Quense gave up a walk.  The runner stole 2b easily.  Quense got a GB out then gave up a 2-run HR, which, at 225' to LF, is a bomb.  A GB out finally ended it.

Rams down 8-0 after 2.
21  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 18, 2017, 08:59:11 pm
In the top of the 1st vs Utah, Canessa K'd, as did Hughes and Shaw.   

In the bottom half, Quense gave up a leadoff LD single.  Johnston made a throwing error when nobody covered 1b on a bunt.  A single scored a run.  It was a pop fly missed by Mayer at SS going back.  Already 2 defensive misplays cost us.  A sac fly scored another run.  A hard hit GB off Johnston's glove put runners on the corners.  A single scored another run.  Utah is hammering the ball.  A sac bunt moved the runners up.  A GB to Mayer ended it.

Rams down 3-0 after 1.
22  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 18, 2017, 07:31:23 pm
Utah is 33-14 and were 13-9 in the Pac 12.  Our only common opponent, Arizona, they beat 2 out of 3 times while we lost by an 8-1 score.

They hit a team .311, the same as ours, but against tougher pitching.  Flippen (.421 BA) is 2-time Pac 12 POY and a member of Team USA.  Their stronger relative stat is a 2.22 ERA, their best pitcher having a 1.22.

Our game will start late as the BYU-Miss State game lasted late with BYU winning 8-0 via run rule after 6.  It was a 1-hitter for BYU.

Quense is in the circle with Aughinbaugh in RF.  Van Hoven is DH Vergona.  Donavan, their most used pitcher, but highest ERA (3.22) is pitching for Utah.  She has a 2:1 K:BB ratio.  It's only 49 degrees and Quense has trouble in cold weather.
23  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Softball Has 6 On NFCA All-Region Team on: May 18, 2017, 03:53:14 pm
Lauren Quense, Jess Hughes and Madi Shaw made the First Team All Mid Atlantic Team.  Sydney Canessa made the Second Team and Lindsay Mayer and Madi Aughinbaugh made the Third team.
https://nfca.org/images/Documents/All-Region/D1/DI_All-Region-2017-2.pdf
http://fordhamsports.com/news/2017/5/18/softball-lands-three-first-team-nfca-all-region-six-total.aspx

Six is the third most.  Six Div 1 teams had 8.

No, I can't explain why we are in that region while other NYC-area schools are in the Northeast region, or why BC is in our region and BU is in the NE region.
24  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: May 17, 2017, 12:01:29 pm
Good point.  Also, I'm sure he loves his mom, but maybe he didn't want to spend his college years with her being a few hundred feet away from him every day. 
Not the case.  He would have loved to stay at Fordham.  He was/is very academic-minded too.  Richmond is a good place for him.
25  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Men's Basketball / Re: Recruiting Update on: May 16, 2017, 11:32:51 pm
I was questioned on here when I said we should offer Jordan Gaitley at Prep, coach's son. 

I think he wound up being 1st team All State and "A" NYC Player of the Year.

He wound up getting an offer from Richmond, which he accepted.

Smart kid; excellent shooter.  Our loss.

26  The Fordham Forums / All Other Fordham Rams' Sports / Baseball Gets Improbable Win on: May 16, 2017, 09:08:23 pm
In the last home game this year, hosting Iona, the Rams were down 7-1 in the 9th and came back to win it.  It was not just winning it, but how they won it.

With runners on 2nd and 3rd, down 7-6, with 2 out and a 1-2 count, senior Mark Donadio hit a slow grounder to SS, which he beat out.  Justin Bardwell scored from 3rd and Jake Baker came all the way around and scored from 2nd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9GSteEm39k

That was the Rams 19th home win, the most since 1994.  It gave them a 25-23, 9-11 record.  They close out the season with 3 games at St. Bonaventure.  We're in 9th, but it's so close, we could move up to 6th.  It'll be tough though, because the Bonnies are 14-6, in 3rd.
27  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 16, 2017, 08:56:15 pm
Here's the SID's pre-tourney write up:  http://www.fordhamsports.com/news/2017/5/14/softball-to-play-in-utah-ncaa-regional.aspx

and links:  http://fordhamsports.com/news/2017/5/17/softball-in-salt-lake-city-for-ncaa-regionals.aspx

Here's pre-tourney interviews with Bridget, Amy Van Hoven and Skylar Johnston:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIjecwYTOXo&app=desktop
28  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: A10 Softball Playoffs Starting Wed 3/10 on: May 16, 2017, 02:31:12 pm
Here's a video of the championship game-winning hit vs UMass: https://twitter.com/Drew__Casey/status/864235664086372352

And a nice article about Senior Lindsey Mayer:  http://www.woonsocketcall.com/sports/when-it-comes-to-winning-softball-titles---both/article_c70c21b6-3a54-11e7-99b1-df19e4851f8f.html
29  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 15, 2017, 11:26:24 am
As of 5/14 our RPI was 44, Utah 19, Miss State 31 and BYU 20. Some tough competition for the Rams.

I was watching highlights from the top teams in the country and they are incredibly impressive.
Yep, the RPI was just updated to what you noted, 81.  http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/softball/d1/ncaa-womens-softball-rpi

And yes, girls can play pretty damn good ball.
30  The Fordham Forums / Fordham Softball / Re: Softball in the NCAA's on: May 15, 2017, 11:09:08 am
My biggest concern is our fielding. Due to injuries we have some players out of position and that makes it tough, but you could see the fielding difference even yesterday vs. UMass.
Agree, Ace, which is what I tried to diplomatically say in the A10 Championship post.  We've been able to make up for most of the defensive weaknesses with our bats.  That likely won't happen at the NCAA's.  Plus, with better opposing hitters, there will be even more pressure on our defense. 

At .963, our fielding percentage is ranked #102, which includes the games when we were without injuries and did better, so it's gone downhill of late.  That doesn't include the misplays (mental or physical) that weren't official errors, which were obvious in the UMass games.
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