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« on: May 14, 2017, 09:24:59 pm »

We made it by winning the A10 championship, but probably would have made it otherwise.  We should get a better seed than last year when the committee thought SJU was going to win, so we got sent to Oregon when we came back and beat SJU.

Here's a preview clip of the selection show (ESPN2 10 pm ET) and comments on some of the teams.  These 3 analysts/announcers are the best around.  The one in the middle, Amanda Scarborough, we faced in 2006 when she was an All-American pitcher at Texas A&M. http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=19376576

Its followed by a clip of some amazing defensive plays. 

And here's a link I posted elsewhere about mid majors in the softball NCAAs:  http://www.excellesports.com/news/softball-womens-college-world-series/
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2017, 10:24:02 pm »

We're going to Utah to play the #11 seeded Utes, Mississippi State, and BYU. Geez, another long trip.
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2017, 10:24:56 pm »

We're going to Utah (#16 RPI) with Miss State (#31) and BYU (#18).  We're probably a 4-seed in that regional, having to play Utah 1st.  A long trip, but at least no top 10 teams.  We've beaten teams in this RPI range this year, e.g, Baylor (10), Tulsa (28).  Was hoping we'd go to Baylor, where James Madison wound up going instead of hosting.  

The SEC got all 13 teams in.

Here are the brackets:  http://www.ncaa.com/news/softball/article/2017-05-14/ncaa-division-i-softball-committee-announces-2017-championship 
Play starts for us on May 18th at 8:30 pm on ESPN3.  All regional games will be telecast somewhere on ESPN.

Elsewhere, even though they lost in the MAAC playoffs, Iona (#164 RPI) got invited to the new National Invitational Postseason Tournament (NISC), but no A10 team did.  UMass should have; #118 RPI before this weekend.  Congrats to Coach Inouye at Iona.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2017, 08:37:54 am »

Once again, Softball is our best team. Go Rams!
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2017, 11:00:48 am »

We're going to Utah (#16 RPI) with Miss State (#31) and BYU (#18).  We're probably a 4-seed in that regional, having to play Utah 1st.  A long trip, but at least no top 10 teams.  We've beaten teams in this RPI range this year, e.g, Baylor (10), Tulsa (28).  Was hoping we'd go to Baylor, where James Madison wound up going instead of hosting.  

The SEC got all 13 teams in.

Here are the brackets:  http://www.ncaa.com/news/softball/article/2017-05-14/ncaa-division-i-softball-committee-announces-2017-championship 
Play starts for us on May 18th at 8:30 pm on ESPN3.  All regional games will be telecast somewhere on ESPN.

Elsewhere, even though they lost in the MAAC playoffs, Iona (#164 RPI) got invited to the new National Invitational Postseason Tournament (NISC), but no A10 team did.  UMass should have; #118 RPI before this weekend.  Congrats to Coach Inouye at Iona.

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.
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2017, 11:02:32 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.
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« Reply #6 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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« Reply #7 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.
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« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2017, 02:13:32 pm »

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.

Certainly a valid concern - Hitting the cut off's along with keeping the ball in front of you even if it means fielding it on the bounce can be the difference in the outcome of any game
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2017, 04:43:24 pm »

Certainly a valid concern - Hitting the cut off's along with keeping the ball in front of you even if it means fielding it on the bounce can be the difference in the outcome of any game

I have a strong feeling that hitting the cutoff was discussed between games on Sunday.  Ha ha.  But yeah, those are the little things that are not so little and we won't be able to get away with in the NCAA tournament.
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2017, 12:57:05 am »

Congrats Ladies and good luck - let's win!
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« Reply #11 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: 
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« Reply #12 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.
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« Reply #13 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.
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« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2017, 09:04:46 pm »

E-5, Rams in trouble, 1st and 3rd- no outs
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« Reply #15 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.
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« Reply #16 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.
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« Reply #17 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.
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« Reply #18 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
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« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2017, 09:43:26 am »

Shake it off, regroup and go get "em!
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« Reply #20 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.
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« Reply #21 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.
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« Reply #22 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
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« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2017, 06:18:48 pm »

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« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2017, 06:41:46 pm »

Rams 3-1 in top of 3rd.  First and second, one out.  MSU changel pitcher.
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« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2017, 06:46:40 pm »

4-1...bases loaded, only one out....still top 3rd.  MSU just benched their SS for a mental error.
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« Reply #26 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!
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« Reply #27 on: May 19, 2017, 07:22:48 pm »

8-1....!  Top the 4th.  Bases loaded for Fordham...2 out.

MSU on 3rd pitcher
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« Reply #28 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.
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« Reply #29 on: May 19, 2017, 07:56:39 pm »

Still 8-1...top 5th. 2 Rams on base with one out.
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