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Gators2014

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Ocasio is so impressive. 70 pitches tonight?!

Through her career, she's filled so many roles. None more important than in the circle and has had to fill big shoes and do different things each year. 

2015: #2 pitcher (#1 before Haeger took over during the 2nd SEC series); Replaced Rogers
2016: #1a pitcher and Top 3 NPOY Finalist; Replaced Haeger
2017: #3 pitcher; Took a backseat in the circle for the benefit of the team
2018: #2 pitcher; Replaced Gourley

I will miss watching her play so much. 
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Nice player.
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Ocasio is so impressive. 70 pitches tonight?!

Through her career, she's filled so many roles. None more important than in the circle and has had to fill big shoes and do different things each year. 

2015: #2 pitcher (#1 before Haeger took over during the 2nd SEC series); Replaced Rogers
2016: #1a pitcher and Top 3 NPOY Finalist; Replaced Haeger
2017: #3 pitcher; Took a backseat in the circle for the benefit of the team
2018: #2 pitcher; Replaced Gourley

I will miss watching her play so much. 


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Ocasio is so impressive. 70 pitches tonight?!

Through her career, she's filled so many roles. None more important than in the circle and has had to fill big shoes and do different things each year. 

2015: #2 pitcher (#1 before Haeger took over during the 2nd SEC series); Replaced Rogers
2016: #1a pitcher and Top 3 NPOY Finalist; Replaced Haeger
2017: #3 pitcher; Took a backseat in the circle for the benefit of the team
2018: #2 pitcher; Replaced Gourley

I will miss watching her play so much. 


For what its worth, a buddy of mine was over the other night and the conversation turned to college softball.  We spent a good five minutes talking about how much we enjoyed watching Ocasio play the game.  The talent and versatility... unmatched.  So she is being talked about in Minnesota basements, and will be missed here as well.  
Gators2014

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She's enough to make me want to watch NPF games this summer. 
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I bet my bottom dollar Florida gets either Arkansas, Auburn, Arizona or Baylor as their Super matchup. Pro/cons to all but definitely not the poison pills of the last 2 years. 

Likelihood:

1. Arkansas
2. Auburn
3. Arizona
4. Baylor

Gators2014

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Fun fact: Every "class" at Florida in the Walton era has experienced an SEC regular season and SEC tournament title besides the '17 class (Gourley, McLean, Herndon). 

However, that '17 class has been to the more WCWS Finals (3) than any other class.
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With this SEC tournament run, Florida now boasts a .500 or above record in every month of play (Jan-June) and stage of the postseason - SEC Tourney, Regionals, SR, WCWS. 
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Fun fact: Every "class" at Florida in the Walton era has experienced an SEC regular season and SEC tournament title besides the '17 class (Gourley, McLean, Herndon). 

However, that '17 class has been to the more WCWS Finals (3) than any other class.


really wanted them to get another WCWS championship.  It's just such an amazing feat that they played in and made significant contributions in THREE WCWS Finals.

And now I really this year's Seniors to be able to bookend their careers with another WCWS Championship. All of them, minus Wheaton who was still waiting behind Munro) contributed to that last one in 2015.
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Ocasio is so impressive. 70 pitches tonight?!

Through her career, she's filled so many roles. None more important than in the circle and has had to fill big shoes and do different things each year. 

2015: #2 pitcher (#1 before Haeger took over during the 2nd SEC series); Replaced Rogers
2016: #1a pitcher and Top 3 NPOY Finalist; Replaced Haeger
2017: #3 pitcher; Took a backseat in the circle for the benefit of the team
2018: #2 pitcher; Replaced Gourley

I will miss watching her play so much. 


I’m really going to miss her too. One of my all time favorite players.
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Do you guys ever think Florida will lose its prominence at the top dog in the SEC? If so, who do you think will be the next SEC powerhouse?
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Do you guys ever think Florida will lose its prominence at the top dog in the SEC? If so, who do you think will be the next SEC powerhouse?


Not as long as Walton's at the helm. I mean they wont be regular season champs forever, but I have a hard time seeing them finishing below 4th or 5th in the SEC with Walton as HC. 

This year there's a good chance they could have lost that top spot had Gray been healthy. 

They could lose it next year replacing 4 starters in the lineup and having no clear #2 pitcher. 
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It hasn't been pretty this season or this postseason, but we made it to OKC. What lineup does Walton go with to give us our best shot? The simplest answer is whatever gives Lorenz the best chance to drive in runners. I really wish he'd make DeWitt the lead off like I've mentioned all year. 

  1. Lorenz, .433, 1.376 OPS, .592 OB%, 61 RBI
  2. DeWitt, .337, 1.173 OPS, .493 OB%, 57 RBI
  3. Kvistad, .269, .888 OPS, .471 OB%, 41 RBI
  4. Matthews, .276, .833 OPS, .399 OB%, 43 RBI
  5. Wheaton, .271, .818 OPS, .425 OB%, 26 RBI
  6. Hoover, .319, 1.019 OPS, .468 OB%, 22 RBI
  7. Ocasio, .233, .702 OPS, .322 OB%, 33 RBI
  8. Reynoso, .217, .654 OPS, .360 OB%, 24 RBI
  9. Adams, .276, .776 OPS, .403 OB%, 32 RBI
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It hasn't been pretty this season or this postseason, but we made it to OKC. What lineup does Walton go with to give us our best shot? The simplest answer is whatever gives Lorenz the best chance to drive in runners. I really wish he'd make DeWitt the lead off like I've mentioned all year. 

  1. Lorenz, .433, 1.376 OPS, .592 OB%, 61 RBI
  2. DeWitt, .337, 1.173 OPS, .493 OB%, 57 RBI
  3. Kvistad, .269, .888 OPS, .471 OB%, 41 RBI
  4. Matthews, .276, .833 OPS, .399 OB%, 43 RBI
  5. Wheaton, .271, .818 OPS, .425 OB%, 26 RBI
  6. Hoover, .319, 1.019 OPS, .468 OB%, 22 RBI
  7. Ocasio, .233, .702 OPS, .322 OB%, 33 RBI
  8. Reynoso, .217, .654 OPS, .360 OB%, 24 RBI
  9. Adams, .276, .776 OPS, .403 OB%, 32 RBI
It's such a tough decision because DeWitt has been so great at protecting Lorenz all year. If you put her at the top, who can provide consistent protection behind Lorenz? Wheaton, Hoover, and Matthews (the last game) have come on strong. Maybe they offer decent protection? I dunno, sure am glad I don't have to make the line up, lol. But, I agree that it would be nice to have some runners on when she comes up to bat. 
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It's such a tough decision because DeWitt has been so great at protecting Lorenz all year. If you put her at the top, who can provide consistent protection behind Lorenz? Wheaton, Hoover, and Matthews (the last game) have come on strong. Maybe they offer decent protection? I dunno, sure am glad I don't have to make the line up, lol. But, I agree that it would be nice to have some runners on when she comes up to bat. 


Does Lorenz really need protection? I mean seriously the woman is a beast lol. I say that only semi jokingly.

I did like Walton's strategy of putting Adams and Hoover 8 and 9 since they can get on base rather consistently. 

I'm also a fan of the theory that the batter in front of you protects you. Like if DeWitt is on base in front of Lorenz, they have to pitch to Lorenz to try to get her out or you put a runner in scoring position with no outs for Kvistad, Wheaton and Matthews. 


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I like the line up you posted.

Do you think Walton starts Barnhill or Ocasio against Georgia? Because Lele held that Georgia offense in check in the regular season.
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I like the line up you posted.

Do you think Walton starts Barnhill or Ocasio against Georgia? Because Lele held that Georgia offense in check in the regular season.


I say he goes with Ocasio against Georgia, because Ocasio can shut them down and they will most definitely score runs off of Avant. This gives him the opportunity to throw Barnhill against whoever wins between UCLA/FSU, which gives them the best shot at winning.
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Does Lorenz really need protection? I mean seriously the woman is a beast lol. I say that only semi jokingly.

I did like Walton's strategy of putting Adams and Hoover 8 and 9 since they can get on base rather consistently. 

I'm also a fan of the theory that the batter in front of you protects you. Like if DeWitt is on base in front of Lorenz, they have to pitch to Lorenz to try to get her out or you put a runner in scoring position with no outs for Kvistad, Wheaton and Matthews. 



i think the person behind you protects you because if lorenz didnt have anyone behind her that could hit they would walk her everytime and then the batter after her would get out and she would be left stranded on base. but i also feel like so many people forget about Ocasio, shes been pretty consistent at the plate this season as well, everyone is so focused on Lorenz (for obvious reasons). but honestly 1-9 can be deadly when they get their bats going
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I like the line up you posted.

Do you think Walton starts Barnhill or Ocasio against Georgia? Because Lele held that Georgia offense in check in the regular season.


idk who should get the start but shouldnt play barnhill against ucla if they beat fsu. they are a long ball team and will destroy her rise.
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Trying to remember. Did Florida face Garcia when they played the ruins in cali a couple years ago?
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idk who should get the start but shouldnt play barnhill against ucla if they beat fsu. they are a long ball team and will destroy her rise.


FSU has more homers than UCLA, fwiw.
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I make it policy to root hard for a few great kids that I know on that UF program. It -- barely -- surmounts my rooting the other way for their coach.

That said.... I would wear blue and orange if that matchup came to fruition
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  1. Lorenz, .433, 1.376 OPS, .592 OB%, 61 RBI
  2. DeWitt, .337, 1.173 OPS, .493 OB%, 57 RBI
  3. Kvistad, .269, .888 OPS, .471 OB%, 41 RBI
  4. Matthews, .276, .833 OPS, .399 OB%, 43 RBI
  5. Wheaton, .271, .818 OPS, .425 OB%, 26 RBI
  6. Hoover, .319, 1.019 OPS, .468 OB%, 22 RBI
  7. Ocasio, .233, .702 OPS, .322 OB%, 33 RBI
  8. Reynoso, .217, .654 OPS, .360 OB%, 24 RBI
  9. Adams, .276, .776 OPS, .403 OB%, 32 RBI
 
 I'm not used to seeing a Florida team with only three players hitting above .300.  Is that just my lack of attention, or is this year's team lacking hitting?  However, looking at OPS, only 3 are below .800, so that's not so bad.

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 I'm not used to seeing a Florida team with only three players hitting above .300.  Is that just my lack of attention, or is this year's team lacking hitting?  However, looking at OPS, only 3 are below .800, so that's not so bad.
Their OPS has plummeted since their last title. Has a lot to do with Dr. Evo having that avenue to first base eliminated methinks

2014. .967
2015. .952
2016. .903
2017. .877
2018: .893


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A lot of pitchers will not throw strikes against the Gators and like to dance around the plate with balls. Which in turn you get a lot of walks....See Ohio State, their pitcher walked 300 Gator batters in a 2 day period in the Regional....And that is a conservative number....
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OPS accounts for all those walks
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Well it doesn't matter now.   New season, new life. 
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Well it doesn't matter now.   New season, new life. 
Yeah, we almost forgot what life was like when one more loss didn't send you home! LOL
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Yeah, we almost forgot what life was like when one more loss didn't send you home! LOL


or one Strike.   sheesh
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