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Towson Season Preview... 

http://towsontigers.com/news/2017/2/8/softball-season-preview-talented-towson-ready-to-road-in-2017.aspx

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Maybe they can slug it out again but their top pitcher had a 4+ ERA last year. Hitting comes and goes, pitching wins. But hey, I could be very wrong.
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It was warm enough today on Long Island that for the first time in program history, Hofstra got to practice on dirt prior to playing the first game of the season. 

The season starts for 4 CAA teams in just 2 days! Delaware plays Michigan and Illinois State, JMU plays Missouri and Charleston Southern, Towson plays Alabama and Youngstown State, and Elon takes on Hampton. 3 major conference opponents for opening day. My money is on JMU taking down the Tigers.
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It was warm enough today on Long Island that for the first time in program history, Hofstra got to practice on dirt prior to playing the first game of the season. 

The season starts for 4 CAA teams in just 2 days! Delaware plays Michigan and Illinois State, JMU plays Missouri and Charleston Southern, Towson plays Alabama and Youngstown State, and Elon takes on Hampton. 3 major conference opponents for opening day. My money is on JMU taking down the Tigers.


I doubt the Pride will be practicing on dirt tomorrow [smile]  I'll be in Charleston, SC on the weekend.  60 degree weather by Saturday!
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Maybe they can slug it out again but their top pitcher had a 4+ ERA last year. Hitting comes and goes, pitching wins. But hey, I could be very wrong.


An 4+ ERA is more manageable when you score over 6 runs a game... Im sure the pitching will be better this year too, from what I've heard they are making strides under the new pitching coach... Defense will have to be better as well, some of those runs weren't on the pitcher but she carries the ERA... 

the big positive is we didn't lose any of the bats we had last year, not a single one... its going to be a fun year if they can duplicate the offense from the last 2 years... 

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JMU up 6-0 after 5! Missouri has zero pitching, and Good is plowing all their hitters down
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JMU up 6-0 after 5! Missouri has zero pitching, and Good is plowing all their hitters down


I didn't see the game but Baumgartner had some good games last year, throws junky stuff with a good changeup. Don't know much about the transfer, Norman, and Baxter has always gotten limited action. We'll see how Conrad does against Charleston Southern. Earleywine maybe hiding her from bigger teams right now, for better or worse.

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Towson defeats Youngstown State 9-7 in 9 innings,
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An 4+ ERA is more manageable when you score over 6 runs a game... Im sure the pitching will be better this year too, from what I've heard they are making strides under the new pitching coach... Defense will have to be better as well, some of those runs weren't on the pitcher but she carries the ERA... 

the big positive is we didn't lose any of the bats we had last year, not a single one... its going to be a fun year if they can duplicate the offense from the last 2 years... 


Is Thrower still out for Towson? They didn't pitch her at all today in either game.
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Unfortunately towson lost to Alabama by 2 touchdowns and a field goal. I dont care how good your hitting is, if you give up 24 runs in two games you will have a tough time in the CAA.
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Unfortunately towson lost to Alabama by 2 touchdowns and a field goal. I dont care how good your hitting is, if you give up 24 runs in two games you will have a tough time in the CAA.


Definitely not a great showing today... we will see who they really are as the season progresses... hope they look better tomorrow! [smile]

As for Blakley, I have no idea... but the Freshman Harrington had a good outing in game 1 after she shook of the nerves...

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I know it's still early in the game… Only in the third inning but Towson Leads Alabama 2-1 in the 3rd… A solo shot from my kiddo, and an RBI single for freshman Maddie Wilson…
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I know it's still early in the game… Only in the third inning but Towson Leads Alabama 2-1 in the 3rd… A solo shot from my kiddo, and an RBI single for freshman Maddie Wilson…

Bottom 5 and Bama takes a 3-2 lead but the tigers chase Maddie Moore from the game! Puting up a fight today and showing character!

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Week 1 CAA Awards!

Player of the Week: Holiday Cahill (Towson)
Pitcher of the Week: Megan Good (JMU)
Freshman of the Week: Taylor Belfiore (College of Charleston)

http://caasports.com/news/2017/2/13/SB_0213172453.aspx?path=softball 

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Hofstra and JMU play in the same tournament this weekend. It'll be interesting to see how they do against the same competition.
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Not a good weekend for Towson... split the weekend with wins against Georgetown & Colgate... but losses to Furman & Campbell... lots to get sorted out this season before conference comes....
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Nothing so far to suggest that anyone is capable of challenging JMU this season.  Early returns suggest that Mickey's #2 pitcher may already be the second best pitcher in the league. 
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NCexile agree100% very impressed with Oddici Alexander.Other than one game where she struggled has put up impressive numbers for a freshman. 3-1. Hofstras two freshmen have struggled each with just one bad inning a game. If they can make adjustments then we shall see. But for now its JMUs conference. JMU #1 pitching and hitting. Towson #2 hitting and about #5 in pitching. I see Hofstra as #3 pitching and hitting. CofC #2 pitching and #4 hitting.
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NCexile agree100% very impressed with Oddici Alexander.Other than one game where she struggled has put up impressive numbers for a freshman. 3-1. Hofstras two freshmen have struggled each with just one bad inning a game. If they can make adjustments then we shall see. But for now its JMUs conference. JMU #1 pitching and hitting. Towson #2 hitting and about #5 in pitching. I see Hofstra as #3 pitching and hitting. CofC #2 pitching and #4 hitting.


This is appears to be on target.  I saw the game where Alexander 'struggled' but she was still pretty good. Nothing so far to cause me to change the four-tier scenario I posted earlier.  I would say that UNCW's stock is up a little (experienced pitching) and Delaware's is down.
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This is appears to be on target.  I saw the game where Alexander 'struggled' but she was still pretty good. Nothing so far to cause me to change the four-tier scenario I posted earlier.  I would say that UNCW's stock is up a little (experienced pitching) and Delaware's is down.


Tough to tell much so far except JMU is rolling along as expected. The #2 starter looked better this weekend, but I think we need to see some more before we think JMU is going to only lose one conference game again this year.

Towson appears to have absolutely no pitching. They need Thrower to get healthy quick if they expect to compete. No reason to be losing to Furman or Campbell

Hofstra beat all the teams they should have beaten this past weekend but I would've like to see them grab a win over Wisconsin or OK State. Jury is still out on them. They need to win 3 or 4 this weekend to prove their credentials.

Elon's both losses are against P5 teams and they were competitive in each game and should've swept UVA. Should get a good feel after they play Florida, Syracuse and Fordham this weekend.

Need to see more from UNCW, we'll know lots more after their trip to Georgia in a couple weeks.

Charleston I want to downgrade based off a couple bad losses but we'll see how they fare against USC and NDSU this weekend.

I'd put the conference like this right now:
Front-runner: JMU (best pitching and hitting)

Chasing Pack: Everyone else

Participation Award: Delaware & Drexel

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This is appears to be on target.  I saw the game where Alexander 'struggled' but she was still pretty good. Nothing so far to cause me to change the four-tier scenario I posted earlier.  I would say that UNCW's stock is up a little (experienced pitching) and Delaware's is down.


Before you annoint Alexander the 2nd coming of Jaylen Ford, while she has done fairly well considering her freshman status, let's look at the game you say she struggled but was still pretty good. 6 of her 8Ks came in first 3 innings. Not all that surprising against a rather cupcake team. Even the cupcakes will catch up with a flat 63-64 at some point and they did. They then put 5 hits on her before you could blink your eye. Thankfully her off speed is a great complement to her fastball. Until she starts to move the ball better, expect exactly what MZ put on her in the 2 innings of work. 5 hits & 1K. Over 20 innings of work, her ERA of 2.10, too high but, acceptable for most any freshman. She's avg 1K/inning and she's keeping her hit totals under under a hit per inning which is great. She is giving up slightly more than 1HR per game but 2 came against MZ. 5 of the 18 hits were for extra bases...throws flat. BAA is .228, too high for someone who will probably be the defacto #2. While she is a great all around athlete, she doesn't look too much better from her Travel Ball days. I think Good will have to pitch 250+ innings for JMU to succeed and that remains to be seen. Alexander is all JMU has got to spell Good. Dean loves pitchers who can throw gas. Until Alexander can develop any discernable curve ball, a reliable rise or, starts to throw 66-67, she won't last throwing flat fast balls & a 53mph off speed. However, if she could get her batting avg to around .385, it wouldn't really matter. 

Mickey will find a way, he always does. He gets more out of his kids than 99% other coaches. JMU will be fine.

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I certainly never suggested Alexander was comparable to JJ.  She is a serviceable #2 and that's all Mickey needs to win the CAA.  Those teams will only see her once in the weekend.  She's good enough to shut down most of those lineups. Your analysis coincides with what I saw. She'll likely improve simply as a function of getting innings.  
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NCexile, I re-read my recent post. Probably should have edited the first part as my intention wasn't to mis-characterize your position. You're spot on with the serviceable #2 role. 
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Before you annoint Alexander the 2nd coming of Jaylen Ford, while she has done fairly well considering her freshman status, let's look at the game you say she struggled but was still pretty good. 6 of her 8Ks came in first 3 innings. Not all that surprising against a rather cupcake team. Even the cupcakes will catch up with a flat 63-64 at some point and they did. They then put 5 hits on her before you could blink your eye. Thankfully her off speed is a great complement to her fastball. Until she starts to move the ball better, expect exactly what MZ put on her in the 2 innings of work. 5 hits & 1K. Over 20 innings of work, her ERA of 2.10, too high but, acceptable for most any freshman. She's avg 1K/inning and she's keeping her hit totals under under a hit per inning which is great. She is giving up slightly more than 1HR per game but 2 came against MZ. 5 of the 18 hits were for extra bases...throws flat. BAA is .228, too high for someone who will probably be the defacto #2. While she is a great all around athlete, she doesn't look too much better from her Travel Ball days. I think Good will have to pitch 250+ innings for JMU to succeed and that remains to be seen. Alexander is all JMU has got to spell Good. Dean loves pitchers who can throw gas. Until Alexander can develop any discernable curve ball, a reliable rise or, starts to throw 66-67, she won't last throwing flat fast balls & a 53mph off speed. However, if she could get her batting avg to around .385, it wouldn't really matter. 

Mickey will find a way, he always does. He gets more out of his kids than 99% other coaches. JMU will be fine.



Why is she a great all around athlete bc she's black??  Yes she is a very nice athlete and if JMU needed her to help more in other ways I am sure she could...But CC is a better pitcher than she is an athlete...As far as her travel days what do you mean???  When 2 years ago she helped play and pitch her team to a 5th place finish in PGF nationals or last year when she was one of the main pitchers on a team that won ASA Gold and beat some of the best teams in the country during the season.  She also beat the EC Bullets who won the JO Cup, their coaches were so impressed with her they inquired about her joining them for the JO Cup.

Megan Good came to JMU as an unfinished product...CC will never be Good or Ford they are special...but she can be special in her on way...She has the right coach and team around her to be successful...She's still raw as a pitcher but I believe she has as much upside as anyone and may be the 2nd best pitcher in the conf already.  I mean how many CAA teams are going to 5 hit #20 USF? (couple of those hits were miss hits as well)  CC has some other things going for her as well as JMU's infield defense may be as good as anyone in the country so that will help her in some spots.


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Jesus Christ... how did race get injected into THAT?
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KYBandit - with all due respect, you should abandon the comment about Oddici's race. You can critique an athlete for underperforming, being oversold, having an attitude, etc. – but you're the only one here who brought up the idea that Oddici is judged on a different scale due to her race. I'm not calling you a racist, I'm just not buying your brand of cynicism. Support our athletes instead.
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My view of Towson seems to be right on. Their pitching will cause them trouble. Hitting is a funny thing and can come and go. Seventy home runs last year won a lot of games. If they only hit about 40 their record will suffer drastically. They are third at best and more than likely the fourth seed in the CAA.
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KYBandit - with all due respect, you should abandon the comment about Oddici's race. You can critique an athlete for underperforming, being oversold, having an attitude, etc. – but you're the only one here who brought up the idea that Oddici is judged on a different scale due to her race. I'm not calling you a racist, I'm just not buying your brand of cynicism. Support our athletes instead.


My comment about race was bc the poster obviously knows Odicci and he made the comment about great athlete but not any different than her travel days...Then decide to pick her apart with her pitching. So just say great athlete as to be stereotypical...So I feel there is more to the story...

Yes she is a fine athlete but that doesn't mean she can't be a better pitcher than an athlete as I believe she is..

As far as supporting the athlete that is what I believe I was doing as I have supported Odicci in many ways in the past.
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My comment about race was bc the poster obviously knows Odicci and he made the comment about great athlete but not any different than her travel days...Then decide to pick her apart with her pitching. So just say great athlete as to be stereotypical...So I feel there is more to the story...

Yes she is a fine athlete but that doesn't mean she can't be a better pitcher than an athlete as I believe she is..


So you think calling her a "great athlete" is just a way for someone to say, she's black so she must have the tools, who cares about her stats? Here's the thing: that's racist thinking, and no one here is doing it. Again, just you. When they say "great athlete" it's pretty straightforward, and it's a compliment more than anything else.

When you say you "feel there is more to the story..." you imply that there's some deeper conspiracy here, which you should explain. Share your thoughts in the misc. section if so, because this belongs there. But – I know others here will agree that racial preference in recruiting is not a pervasive issue in softball. 

Go Dukes. And sorry for continuing the distraction from the topic of CAA softball.


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