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JMU may play more quality opponents than the rest of the league combined.
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Not enough interest to keep this on page 1.  Says something about the league this year, particular Hofstra, since those guys general carry the discussion. Oh well, I'm headed for Clearwater next week to see how the Dukes look versus some very stiff competition.
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Wish we were still involved! But life is moving forward, still
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Not enough interest to keep this on page 1.  Says something about the league this year, particular Hofstra, since those guys general carry the discussion. Oh well, I'm headed for Clearwater next week to see how the Dukes look versus some very stiff competition.


I am heading to clearwater as well, really interested to see JMU play 2 more Pac 12 teams.  Jmu has dominated that conference the last 5 or 6 years.  Looking to see it that continues!!!! 
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Hopefully see both JMU and Hofstra play, I want to see how well Good has healed and why Hofstra has received votes in polls since their 1 & 2 pitchers left. Not sure of the days, Saturday for sure.
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I think Hofstra will have a tough opening weekend in Clearwater, lol. By the end of the season it actually wouldn't surprise me too much for them to be in the running for the 2/3 seed in the CAA still just because of their winning culture up there.
The drop-off will be huge from JMU to the next team though. JMU could dominate the CAA without Good throwing a pitch, I don't know if she's going to have her usual workload this year, probably a little toned down. I've heard through a couple grapevines that her fastball is sitting in the low 70s.

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I think Hofstra will have a tough opening weekend in Clearwater, lol. By the end of the season it actually wouldn't surprise me too much for them to be in the running for the 2/3 seed in the CAA still just because of their winning culture up there.
The drop-off will be huge from JMU to the next team though. JMU could dominate the CAA without Good throwing a pitch, I don't know if she's going to have her usual workload this year, probably a little toned down. I've heard through a couple grapevines that her fastball is sitting in the low 70s.


I guess it's possible her workload gets reduced but JMU better be scoring a bunch of runs to allow a cushion for when she's not pitching. Behind Good you have a pitcher and a thrower and neither is good enough to carry that team much past the Conference tourney...as was proven last year. Buresch is key to their circle success this year into the post season. 

Good's velocity has been sitting in the low 70's since her Freshman year so nothing new there. And her bat is every bit as good as her pitching. Be curious to see how the year off affects her timing at the plate. 

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I think Hofstra will have a tough opening weekend in Clearwater, lol. By the end of the season it actually wouldn't surprise me too much for them to be in the running for the 2/3 seed in the CAA still just because of their winning culture up there.
The drop-off will be huge from JMU to the next team though. JMU could dominate the CAA without Good throwing a pitch, I don't know if she's going to have her usual workload this year, probably a little toned down. I've heard through a couple grapevines that her fastball is sitting in the low 70s.


Low 70's will get 80% of the batters in the CAA out if she throws it down the middle which, of course, she won't.
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CAASports official pre-season poll

2019 CAA Softball Coaches’ Predicted Order of Finish
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)
1.James Madison – 49 (7)
2.College of Charleston – 39 (1)
3.UNCW – 33
T4.Hofstra – 28
 Towson – 28
6.Elon – 21
7.Delaware – 14
8.Drexel – 12

from: https://caasports.com/news/2019/2/6/james-madison-headlines-caa-softball-preseason-poll.aspx

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CAA results on opening weekend:

                             Record:                  Best opponent(s):
Elon                        (4-0)                         Longwood (W)
Charleston               (4-1)                  Virginia Tech (L), Wichita St (W)
Delaware                 (2-1)                       Norfolk State (split)
Towson                    (2-2)                           ECU (L) 
UNCW                     (2-3)                 Florida State (L 2x), Iowa State (W)
JMU                        (0-0)                             DNP
Hofstra                    (0-0)                             DNP
Drexel                     (0-0)                             DNP

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Looks like we can already make some predictions based on the results this weekend:

Charleston appears to have deserved the No. 2 ranking in conference in the coaches poll. UNCW didn't even see Megan King and couldn't keep up with FSU - I'd say they didn't deserve No. 3 ranking. Delaware likely deserved the No. 7 ranking splitting with Norfolk State. Towson had a decent week maybe they should have been No. 3? Elon had a solid weekend I'd move them up over Hofstra.

CAA Power Rankings:
1. JMU
2. Charleston
3. Towson
4. UNCW
5. Elon
6. Hofstra
7. Delaware
8. Drexel



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Actual power rankings based on what I saw in Clearwater:

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JMU did not look great in their opener against Cal, but have since looked really good. Their bats have been good - would feel good after them hitting 5 HR off Moss/Arnold today. Good looks dominant (held Oregon, prev averaging 11.2 runs per game to 1 run and Tennessee, prev averaging 8.7 runs per game to 2 (?) runs), but secondary pitching may leave some to be desired still. Alexander did look good today against a not too strong FAU team.
I can't imagine them dropping more than a couple conference games AT MOST.

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CAA results after week 2:

                             Record:                  Best opponent(s) in week 2:
Elon                        (6-2)                            Hampton (W), UVA (L)
JMU                        (3-2)                     #6 Tenn (W), #18/21 Kentucky (L)
Delaware                 (4-4)                            Butler (W), Ball State (L)
Towson                    (4-4)                     Marshall (W), Eastern Kentucky (L)
Charleston               (5-5)                   Northern Iowa (W), Jacksonville (L 2x)
UNCW                     (5-5)                      Rhode Island (W 2x), Radford (L)
Drexel                     (1-4)                          Belmont (W), Butler (L) 
Hofstra                    (0-4)                 #18/21 Kentucky, #3 Oklahoma, #17/20 OK State

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Hofstra looked real bad although played some tough opponents. Still in previous years they wouldn't have been so lopsided.
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JMU did not look great in their opener against Cal, but have since looked really good. Their bats have been good - would feel good after them hitting 5 HR off Moss/Arnold today. Good looks dominant (held Oregon, prev averaging 11.2 runs per game to 1 run and Tennessee, prev averaging 8.7 runs per game to 2 (?) runs), but secondary pitching may leave some to be desired still. Alexander did look good today against a not too strong FAU team.
I can't imagine them dropping more than a couple conference games AT MOST.


The pitching behind Good is the same as last year.  Sharing the primary role last season the two went 30-8. As secondary options this season they'll be very productive.  
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CAA results after week 2:

                             Record:                  Best opponent(s) in week 2:
Elon                        (6-2)                            Hampton (W), UVA (L)
JMU                        (3-2)                     #6 Tenn (W), #18/21 Kentucky (L)
Delaware                 (4-4)                            Butler (W), Ball State (L)
Towson                    (4-4)                     Marshall (W), Eastern Kentucky (L)
Charleston               (5-5)                   Northern Iowa (W), Jacksonville (L 2x)
UNCW                     (5-5)                      Rhode Island (W 2x), Radford (L)
Drexel                     (1-4)                          Belmont (W), Butler (L) 
Hofstra                    (0-4)                 #18/21 Kentucky, #3 Oklahoma, #17/20 OK State


Doesn't appear anyone faced a top 50 team besides the two teams that went to Clearwater.
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CAA results after week 3:

                             Record:          Week 3 Record:          Best opponent(s) in week 3:
JMU                        (5-2)                    (2-0)                    ECU (W), Boston College (W/5)
Elon                      (7-5-1)                 (1-3-1)                  #1 FSU (L/5), Samford (W)  
Towson                   (4-4)                     DNP           
Drexel                    (5-5)                     (4-1)                    Detroit (L), Colgate (W)
Charleston              (7-7)                     (2-2)                    Radford (L), Dartmouth (W)
UNCW                    (6-7)                     (1-2)                    Marshall (L), UMass. Lowell (W)
Delaware                (5-7)                     (1-3)                    LIU Brooklyn (L/6), Harvard (W/6)
Hofstra                   (1-7)                     (1-3)                    South Alabama (L), Nicholls St (W)


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CAA results after week 4:

                             Record:          Week 4 Record:          Best opponent(s) in week 4:
JMU                        (7-4)                    (2-2)                    Drake (W/5), #23 Minnesota (L), #12 Arizona (L)
Elon                      (10-6-1)                 (3-1)                    Lafayette (W 2x), Oakland (L)
Towson                   (4-4)                     DNP           
UNCW                    (9-9)                     (3-2)                    Lehigh (W), Lehigh (L)
Charleston              (8-9)                     (1-2)                    Wagner (W), Valparaiso (L)
Delaware                (6-8)                     (1-1)                    Buffalo (W), Norfolk St (L)
Drexel                    (4-6)                     DNP                   
Hofstra                   (3-10)                   (2-3)                    Georgia St (W), Georgia Tech (L)

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All quiet on the Hofstra front. How are you guys liking the new coach and team in action?
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Still too early to say, but overall it's about what you'd expect for the amount of freshman on the team (11 out of the 19 players). Seems like they've been playing better as of late, but it's also against much lesser completion than they faced the first weekend. Both pitchers got shutout victories today, the second being against Albany, which was an NCAA tournament team last year. 
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Hofstra now 5-10 with two cupcakes in tomorrow games. If they go 5-0 in the blue and white tournament they will come up north with an 8-10 record. Ill take that.If the 2 freshmen pitchers continue to improve they will be competitive in the CAA. Hallam (SR) Collins (FR) Scarpeto (SR) and Giordano(FR) are legit hitters the others must develop .
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CAA results after week 5:

                             Record:          Week 5 Record:          Best opponent(s) in week 5:
JMU                      (11-5)                    (4-1)                  #25 Michigan (W/9)                    #16 Arizona St (L)
Elon                      (13-8-1)                 (3-2)                  #8 Georgia (W), Duke (W)          #8 Georgia (L)
UNCW                   (13-10)                  (4-1)                   Georgetown (W)                          Jacksonville (L)
Towson                  (6-6)                     (2-2)                   UNCG (W)                                   UNCG (L)
Charleston             (11-11)                  (3-2)                   Charleston Southern (W)              NC State (L)
Drexel                   (6-8)                      (2-2)                   Norfolk St (W)                             UAlbany (L)
Delaware               (7-11)                    (1-3)                   Saint Peters (W)                          UNCG (L)
Hofstra                  (7-11)                    (4-1)                   UAlbany (W)                                Morgan St (L)     

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CAA Softball Weekly Awards:

                     Player of Week:       School:              Pitcher of Week:       School:              Rookie of Week:       School:

Week 1:        Brittany Vicary           CoC                   Rylee Pate                   UNCW                Allie Eith                     Elon
Week 2:        Kate Gordon              JMU                   Megan Good                JMU                    Halle Kisamore            Delaware
Week 3:
        Kristi DiMeo               Drexel               Brooklyn Daly              Drexel                Keagan Goldwait          Elon
Week 4:        Sara Jubas                JMU                   Abby Barker                 Elon                   Brooke Glanden           Delaware
Week 5:        Dominique Travers     UNCW                Odicci Alexander          JMU                    Megan Giordino           Hofstra

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Other than JMU, the CAA is very weak. When Good goes so does the domination or threat of.
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I agree with the CAA being weak. Very weak might be an overstatement. JMU still looks to be pretty strong following Good's departure. Alexander actually has a better ERA and WHIP right now (against weaker teams admittedly).

Charleston and Elon both have two wins over P5 teams and UNCW has one.

I think we can say the biggest difference is Hofstra is bad this year. Barring a big upset at the conference tournament it is a one-bid league. But there aren't many mid-majors that get two-bids these days anyway when they need to reserve room for the entire SEC.

Stick this year's Charleston, Elon or UNCW teams into most mid-major leagues and they'd win the conference (America East, A-10, Big East, Big Sky, Big South, Horizon, MAAC, MAC, MVC, NEC, OVC, Patriot, SoCon, Southland, Summit, WAC).
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Hofstra has seen to find its footing against lesser competition up north. They have now won 9 of 10 and have evened their record to 11-11 on the year. This team will improve as the season progresses.
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Hofstra has seen to find its footing against lesser competition up north. They have now won 9 of 10 and have evened their record to 11-11 on the year. This team will improve as the season progresses.


I agree. I can't imagine them going under .500 in conference play which starts next weekend. With 28(?) games left, I see them finishing with around 30 wins this year

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CAA results after week 6:

                             Record:          Week 6 Record:          Best opponent(s) in week 6:
JMU                      (15-5)                    (4-0)                     Binghamton (W/5), Rutgers (W)
Elon                      (15-10-1)               (1-3)                     Radford (W)                                       UNCG (L 3x)
UNCW                   (16-12)                  (3-2)                     Youngstown St (W 2x)                         Eastern Kentucky (L)
Charleston             (14-13)                  (3-2)                     Iowa State (W)                                   Long Beach St (L)
Towson                  (11-10)                  (5-4)                    UNCG (W), Providence (W)                   UNCG (L), North Dakota St (L)
Hofstra                  (11-11)                  (4-0)                    Holy Cross (W), Wagner (W 2x)
Drexel                   (9-10)                    (3-1)                    Bryant (W 2x)                                      Rhode Island (L)
Delware                 (10-12)                  (3-1)                    Coppin St (W 2x)                                 Mount St Mary's  (L)     
 
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Statistical leaders going into conference play
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AVG                                               HR                                                 RBI                                                   OPS
1. Sara Jubas***  JMU       .558      Kristi DiMeo             Drexel    9       Kristi DiMeo           Drexel    28           Linda Rush             Drexel     1.491
2. Kristin Hallam   Hofstra   .449      Kate Gordon             JMU       9      Meghan Giordano   Hofstra   25           Sara Jubas             JMU        1.457
3. Kirsti DiMeo      Drexel    .441      Megan Good             JMU       9      Kate Gordon          JMU        25           Kristi DiMeo           Drexel     1.419
4. Hannah File      JMU        .436      Dominique Travers   UNCW     7      Linda Rush            Drexel    24            Meghan Giordano    Hofstra   1.390
5. Linda Rush       Drexel     .429     Meghan Giordano      Hofstra   7      Janel Gamache      UNCW     23           Kate Gordon           JMU        1.371
*** National leader                                                                            Megan Good          JMU        23

Pitching
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1. Abby Barker               Elon         9       Odicci Alexander        JMU       1.40      Megan Good             JMU           63     Abby Barker      Elon           79.1
2. Sarah Piening             Delaware  8       Haley Lenderman      UNCW    1.58      Sarah Piening            Delaware   56     Sarah Piening    Delaware    74.2
3. Odicci Alexander         JMU         8       Ju Smith-Harrington  Towson   1.79      Odicci Alexander        JMU          50     Madison Burns   Hofstra       74.1
4. Rylee Pate                  UNCW      7       Devon Grippe           Drexel     2.09      Sarah Johnson          Towson      46     Rylee Pate         UNCW        73.1
5. Haley Lenderman +3   UNCW      6       Megan Good            JMU         2.17      Chandler Sparkman   CofC          44     Megan Good     JMU            58

Team
Hitting
AVG                              HR                            Runs/game
1. JMU         .333           JMU        34              JMU          7.15
2. Drexel      .324          UNCW     25              Drexel       6.42
3. Hofstra     .304          Drexel     21              Hofstra      5.18
4. CofC         .280          Elon        17              UNCW       4.97
5. Towson     .270          Towson    13             Elon           4.85
   
Pitching
ERA                                    Opp AVG
1. JMU             1.91            JMU         .181
2. UNCW          3.23           UNCW      .246
3. Elon             3.58           Drexel      .268
4. Charleston    3.88           Elon         .286
5. Towson         3.94           Towson    .287

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