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Softballjunkie223

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Duke wins first game of their inaugural season 4-3 vs fau.
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Nice!
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Duke over Mich. State 3-0 yesterday. Final game against Boston Univ @ 9am. 2-2 out of the gate for the first year program. 

How is UVA looking/doing?

Good luck to everybody today.
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So stoked for that Duke program
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Very excited about this program.  Looks like a great coaching staff.
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http://www.espn.com/espnw/sport/ncaa-softball/

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http://www.espn.com/espnw/sport/ncaa-softball/

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Pretty cool!
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More great pitching from Duke today.  Really curious to see how they do against Kentucky and Minnesota this weekend.  
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Duke takes Minnesota into xtra innings tied 1-1. MN with the win in ITB. 

Duke travels to South Carolina Wednesday. Currently 9-5 on the season.
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Duke takes Minnesota into xtra innings tied 1-1. MN with the win in ITB. 

Duke travels to South Carolina Wednesday. Currently 10-5 on the season. 
wow!
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Duke should have beaten the Gophers 1-0.  Minnesota's lone run in regulation was one of those "runners on first and third with two outs" deals with their fastest runners on base.  The runner on first stole second, the ill advised throw was air mailed to center field, and the runner on third scored.  Even Minnesota's four runs in ITB were lucky.  You get the runner on second to start, and then back to back bunt singles really set the table for a bad inning. 

Big opportunity for Duke against South Carolina tomorrow.  I think this team has a chance to make the NCAA tournament.  Not many teams, especially in the ACC, have this type of pitching depth. 
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Duke should have beaten the Gophers 1-0.  Minnesota's lone run in regulation was one of those "runners on first and third with two outs" deals with their fastest runners on base.  The runner on first stole second, the ill advised throw was air mailed to center field, and the runner on third scored.  Even Minnesota's four runs in ITB were lucky.  You get the runner on second to start, and then back to back bunt singles really set the table for a bad inning. 

Big opportunity for Duke against South Carolina tomorrow.  I think this team has a chance to make the NCAA tournament.  Not many teams, especially in the ACC, have this type of pitching depth. 


I’m a Gamecock, and I’m nervous about tomorrow’s game. Duke is playing exceptionally well for a first year program. Not many teams such as that would make me nervous, but they do. With that being said, we are playing very well also. Looking forward to it.
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Duke should have beaten the Gophers 1-0.  Minnesota's lone run in regulation was one of those "runners on first and third with two outs" deals with their fastest runners on base.  The runner on first stole second, the ill advised throw was air mailed to center field, and the runner on third scored.  Even Minnesota's four runs in ITB were lucky.  You get the runner on second to start, and then back to back bunt singles really set the table for a bad inning. 

Big opportunity for Duke against South Carolina tomorrow.  I think this team has a chance to make the NCAA tournament.  Not many teams, especially in the ACC, have this type of pitching depth. 


That was a curious throw. Seems little odd being that aggressive with MN at that time. I wondered at the time did the call come from the dugout or not.

Huey had done a wonderful job controlling the MN batters thru regulation. MN took full advantage of Duke's lapses in ITB. But to play them to a 1-1 tie thru 7, not sure anybody saw that coming.
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I’m a Gamecock, and I’m nervous about tomorrow’s game. Duke is playing exceptionally well for a first year program. Not many teams such as that would make me nervous, but they do. With that being said, we are playing very well also. Looking forward to it.


Top 3 pitcher ERA & top 9 batting.(approx)

USC/ERA    1.15   .300
DUKE/ERA  1.53   .290

Not sure Duke will sneak up on South Carolina & I expect Bev Smith will want to drop the hammer like she did on UNC last week. Great oppt for a young program to make some noise though.  I'll be watching on SEC Network. 
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That was a curious throw. Seems little odd being that aggressive with MN at that time. I wondered at the time did the call come from the dugout or not.


Usually I love that play.  I think bases get conceded far too often in softball.  And I get the logic.  Lindaman was the batter.  You have a chance to get out of the inning with a good throw.  It's the third inning, so still fairly early.  But it was 0-0 at the time, and it had all the makings for a pitcher's duel, and Minnesota's fastest runners were on base.  In that specific situation, I disagreed with the throw.  But only slightly.  Having said that, I do admire the guts and the confidence in the decision.  Maybe it will return dividends later? 

These are the type of discussions I love by the way. Curious to know what others would have done in that situation.  Again - MN has runners on first and third with 2 outs.  Lindaman is the batter.   Minnesota's fastest runners are on base.  It is 0-0 in the 3rd inning.  You're the Duke coach.  Anticipating that MN will send the runner on first, what do you tell the catcher?  What play do you put on?   
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Usually I love that play.  I think bases get conceded far too often in softball.  And I get the logic.  Lindaman was the batter.  You have a chance to get out of the inning with a good throw.  It's the third inning, so still fairly early.  But it was 0-0 at the time, and it had all the makings for a pitcher's duel, and Minnesota's fastest runners were on base.  In that specific situation, I disagreed with the throw.  But only slightly.  Having said that, I do admire the guts and the confidence in the decision.  Maybe it will return dividends later? 

These are the type of discussions I love by the way. Curious to know what others would have done in that situation.  Again - MN has runners on first and third with 2 outs.  Lindaman is the batter.   Minnesota's fastest runners are on base.  It is 0-0 in the 3rd inning.  You're the Duke coach.  Anticipating that MN will send the runner on first, what do you tell the catcher?  What play do you put on?   


Fair take. Lindaman was 0fer to that point and didn't get a hit till ITB. Guess trying to get the runner would've been better than a potential 3 run blast. 
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There are safe(er) ways to run 1&3 plays. I also hate to see a runner head for scoring position with not so much as a glance from the catcher. There are a few great college coaches that steer clear, because the down side has bitten them too many times. We have 3-5 plays that have various degrees of possible catastrophe. If up by enough that we can afford for the runner at third to score, we throw the runner out and basically ignore the R3 until the R1 has been dealt with. Otherwise, it depends on how confident we feel about our chances for good throws. We have an automatic cut by 2B and a long arm fake from the catcher, hoping to sucker R3 off the bag. My managers have usually hated the plays because they generally fail more than they succeed. I think they force the players to think and in travel ball, I hope to better prepare the players by running these plays. By the end of the yrear, we have had teams that run the play well and others that don't. That's when we decide what to run.
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South Carolina cancels 6pm game with Duke today because of potential rain. 45% chance at gametime. 62dgrees. Apparantly Duke on bus ready to leave Durham & gets a call saying game aint happening, Umpires cancelled. Thanks for stopping by. 


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South Carolina cancels 6pm game with Duke today because of potential rain. 45% chance at gametime. 62dgrees. Apparantly Duke on bus ready to leave Durham & gets a call saying game aint happening, Umpires cancelled. Thanks for stopping by. 



I would think it is better to cancel now than have a team bus all the way there and get rained out. The weather channel has a 80% at 6. Tentative make up date March 20 th.
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I would think it is better to cancel now than have a team bus all the way there and get rained out. The weather channel has a 80% at 6. Tentative make up date March 20 th.


Ye I was looking at Weather Channel and it says 45%?? Oh well, I'm not down there. No doubt beats making that drive. 

So they've already got tentative makeup date? Little surprised at that. Thanks
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I was looking forward to it. Oh well
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Ye I was looking at Weather Channel and it says 45%?? Oh well, I'm not down there. No doubt beats making that drive. 

So they've already got tentative makeup date? Little surprised at that. Thanks

Yes sir the March 20th. I was looking forward to watching the game tonight.
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<< These are the type of discussions I love by the way. Curious to know what others would have done in that situation.  Again - MN has runners on first and third with 2 outs.  Lindaman is the batter.   Minnesota's fastest runners are on base.  It is 0-0 in the 3rd inning.  You're the Duke coach.  Anticipating that MN will send the runner on first, what do you tell the catcher?  What play do you put on? >> (midwestfp)


The play to put on in that situation  depends entirely upon how good you feel about your catcher and middle infielders' abilities to make the play. If you have run the play in practice enough with great results - and you feel confident that your players involved in the play CAN MAKE THE PLAY with a high degree of success... then go ahead and make the throw.

A LOT of programs no NOT feel very good about their chances in being successful with that play - so they just choose to concede the base.
I love to have the players with the ability to make the play - and the confidence to pull it off. 
But many times a team just does not have the players who they can trust to actually make that play with a reasonable degree of success. 

Another factor is this: If you have a pitcher who has been handling the opposition with relative ease - and you feel that her chances of handling the current batter are very high... then you may feel it is an unnecessary risk to make a throw. So you choose to put all of your faith in the pitcher - and eliminate any possibility of an errant throw by your catcher or infielder... and just concede the base.
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anyone know what happened at Duke

http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=22876&SPID=1851&DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=211705003

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Seems there was a curfew infraction. 
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Wow, curfew and sit 7 starters before the biggest rivalry game,  she got her point across i'm sure and unlikely it will happen again any time soon.  Looks like they played well despite the suspensions

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Wow, curfew and sit 7 starters before the biggest rivalry game,  she got her point across i'm sure and unlikely it will happen again any time soon.  Looks like they played well despite the suspensions



Duke leading 1-0 until an errant throw late in game allowed tying run. Hopefully they can get back on track with the Chain Gang on work release.
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Good move by Coach Young. The message has been sent.
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