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Gators2014

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Roster: http://floridagators.com/roster.aspx?path=softball

Schedule: http://floridagators.com/schedule.aspx?path=softball&

Starting Lineup:
  1. Hannah Adams, 2B, So. (L) - Georgia
  2. Amanda Lorenz, LF, Sr. (L) - California
  3. Jordan Matthews, 1B, So. (L) - California
  4. Jordan Roberts, C/DP, Jr. (R) - Florida
  5. Brittany Allen, 3B, Fr. (L) - California
  6. Jaimie Hoover, RF, Jr. (R) - Georgia
  7. Danielle Romanello, DP/C, So. (L) - Florida
  8. Sophia Reynoso, SS, RS-Jr. (R) - California
  9. Cheyenne Lindsey, CF, Fr. (L) - Tennessee
1 Senior, 3 Juniors, 3 Sophomores, 2 Freshmen

Pitching Depth Chart:
Kelly Barnhill, RHP, Sr. - Georgia
Natalie Lugo, RHP, So. - California
Danni Farley, RHP, Fr. - Florida 
Elizabeth Hightower, RHP, Fr. - Florida
Katie Chronister, LHP, Jr. - Florida

Role Players:

Pinch Hitters: ??
Pinch Runners: Mann (Sr.), Chronister (Jr.), Sampson (So.), Voss (Sr.)
Defensive Sub: Voss (CF, SS)
Bunting Sub: Swertfager (Sr.)

Additional Freshmen (not noted above): Amanda Beane (UT), Odalys Cordova (INF), Hannah Sipos (INF)
Additional Players (not noted above): Josie Page (So.)

Career Highlights:
  • Barnhill (2x SEC PiOY, 2017 NPOY, 2018 NPOY Finalist) has an opportunity to be the UF career leader in ERA, Strikeouts and BAA
  • Lorenz (2018 SEC POY & NPOY Finalist) has an opportunity to be the UF career leader in OB%, BA, Walks, Runs, Doubles and Total Bases
Notables and Discussion Points:
  • I believe this is the most clear cut stable lineup prior to the start of a season, both offensively and defensively, we've had in the Walton era.
  • The previous assertion hinges on Lindsey being able to play a strong CF. Ideally she's our leadoff batter, but that pressure doesn't need to be on her from day 1. If she can hold down that 2nd leadoff spot in the 9 hole, I'd be thrilled.
  • Adams and Matthews will need to have the opposite of sophomore slumps for Florida to make it back to OKC. With the talent that they both possess and Matthews getting to be 100% physically, I think this is definitely possible. Another plus for Matthews is that she'll be playing a more natural infield role.
  • Lugo will be counted on even more so than her classmates to step up and provide stable starts on Saturdays. Her strong changeup is a great contrast to Barnhill. She just needs more opportunities to get comfortable and confident. All of these players are used to being the pitcher/player that they sometimes lose their edge when they're 3rd or 4th best on the team. Hopefully Lugo rises to the occasion.
  • Biggest question mark is the pitching behind Barnhill (and Barnhill's grittiness). Biggest gap we've had to fill in the #2 spot since the 2010 season. 
  • Roberts and Romanello have the opportunity to step out of the pinch hitting shadows and become everyday players - either in the catcher or DP roles. Guaranteed they're both in the lineup. Unless there's a defensive stalwart that emerges between them, my guess is they'd share starting responsibilities behind the plate on the weekends based on who's pitching. Excited to see what these big-time, in-state power bats can bring to the lineup with everyday looks. 
  • Speaking of pinch hitters, Cordova, Sipos and Beane are 3 freshman right-handed bats that will likely have their names called, so they need to be ready. Remains to be seen if Farley and Hightower can bring the 2 way moxie from HS to college. Their focus has to be in the circle. I do like that they are both rather tall at 5'10. 
  • The 22 players currently expected would be the largest roster Walton has ever had at Florida. With that being said, I wouldn't mind taking in a transfer pitcher or position player and using some redshirts.

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Sidenote: Apologies for my pettiness, but I just absolutely cannot handle the softballjunkie/GatorFan fool starting Florida's 2019 thread. The intro post provides no analysis or links, spells a 4 year player's name wrong, does not use punctuation, speaks about the team negatively and is just too much.

Feel free to post on that thread if you want, but I am going to be posting here on my own version of the "Louisiana vs ULL" national rankings duplicate threads. [rolleyes][biggrin]

Also, softballjunkie is a troll who I see deleting our thread midseason just because they can.
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Thank you for this!

I don’t know much about Lindsey or Allen - do they provide speed or power, is one of them a slapper? What about the other freshman? One thing Florida lacked this year was speed on the base pads.
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Is it softball season yet? Lol.
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Gators2014 I like you!! You are passionate about your team and I enjoy that very much!!! I can't wait until the 2019 season comes to see what this team is able to do. Question will you be visiting the new stadium next season? My dream was to visit the old stadium but never got the opportunity.
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Btw I'm deleting my thread I think your thread is better discussing Florida softball.
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Thank you for this!

I don’t know much about Lindsey or Allen - do they provide speed or power, is one of them a slapper? What about the other freshman? One thing Florida lacked this year was speed on the base pads.


Lindsey seems versatile defensively and offensively. Definitely provides speed and the ability to slap or hit for power. I assume she stands in a lot more with the current slapper rule. Probably the closest thing we've seen to Stewart, although not quite at that level and I don't want to put that pressure on her anyway.

Allen is the next blond bomber with a powerful lefty bat. Her natural position is 3B so that works out nicely with the graduation of DeWitt. Seems strong, experienced and poised to play at this level. I don't imagine her as a speedster even though she looks to be in great shape. 

Lindsey and Allen both seem to be tall too, in the 5'10-5'11 range. 

Cordova and Beane look to be SEC caliber players at some point, if not immediately. They'll likely be our primary pinch hitters. Sipos seems to be a gamer and a big time player in south Florida. I like Cordova's long-standing (since 2015) experience on Puerto Rico's national team, which means she has an Ocasio connection too. Seems like she's been playing with the big girls for a while at every level.

https://www.gatorcountry.com/latest/florida-gators-softball-signed-six-players-on-wednesday/
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Lindsey seems versatile defensively and offensively. Definitely provides speed and the ability to slap or hit for power. I assume she stands in a lot more with the current slapper rule. Probably the closest thing we've seen to Stewart, although not quite at that level and I don't want to put that pressure on her anyway.

Allen is the next blond bomber with a powerful lefty bat. Her natural position is 3B so that works out nicely with the graduation of DeWitt. Seems strong, experienced and poised to play at this level. I don't imagine her as a speedster even though she looks to be in great shape. 

Lindsey and Allen both seem to be tall too, in the 5'10-5'11 range. 

Cordova and Beane look to be SEC caliber players at some point, if not immediately. They'll likely be our primary pinch hitters. Sipos seems to be a gamer and a big time player in south Florida. I like Cordova's long-standing (since 2015) experience on Puerto Rico's national team, which means she has an Ocasio connection too. Seems like she's been playing with the big girls for a while at every level.

https://www.gatorcountry.com/latest/florida-gators-softball-signed-six-players-on-wednesday/


This is all good to hear and know.  I didn't know much about any of the incoming class and it's all tentatively very positive.  It also sounds like they are known entities and there shouldn't be any guesswork about where they fit in and how they contribute.  Once they get their feet wet in the college game, particularly the SEC, they should be making major contributions to the team.  

And of course, the coaches are aware of their pitching situation and are preparing for filling that spot behind Kelly.  
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Is Gatorfan4life the same person as "GatorFan," the poster that was ridiculed in the OP's second post? (Sorry, there's entirely too many UF fans with user names that begin with "Gator," so it's often difficult for me to sort them all out).

Anyway, if Gatorfan4life is the poster referenced by the OP, he/she doesn't strike me as being quite the "fool" he/she was made out to be. Just an observation by an unbiased observer.

By the way, I was very impressed with the play of your rightfielder, Hoover, in this year's WCWS against my Sooners.
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Chris Harry put up his Top 10 Gators games in KSP.

He didn't have this one, but it was incredible.

2013: Briana Little walkoff GS after FSU threw away the game-ender in a game Waldrop had 18K.... amazing. And, Hannah ALMOST got crushed under the pile

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Oops. Just saw a one-post thread that I believe provides an emphatic answer to the question I asked in my previous post. [eek]
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Holy cow, was that multiple Gator trolls or just one person?  Softballjunkie seemed to post fine until the Gators were eliminated and then he/she went off the rails.
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Holy cow, was that multiple Gator trolls or just one person?  Softballjunkie seemed to post fine until the Gators were eliminated and then he/she went off the rails.


They trolled last year too in the off season.
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It's definitely just one person. Their syntax alone is a giveaway. 
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Holy cow, was that multiple Gator trolls or just one person?  Softballjunkie seemed to post fine until the Gators were eliminated and then he/she went off the rails.


It's a he/she???  [rofl]
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What's the story on pitcher Danni Farley? Anybody seen her pitch in a game? 
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What's the story on pitcher Danni Farley? Anybody seen her pitch in a game? 


I saw her play once! She has some really good stuff, nice movement. Does need to tighten up her control a little. She's talented but Rocha can work with her definitely
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http://www.gainesville.com/news/20180611/breakout-senior-seasons-produce-postseason-berths?rssfeed=true

 

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Roster: http://floridagators.com/roster.aspx?path=softball

Schedule: http://floridagators.com/schedule.aspx?path=softball&
  •  Matthews getting to be  100% physically, I think this is definitely possible.

Well???? That's debatable, unfortunately. Let's hope that Jr. year will be the year she plays completely healthy. She hasn't played at 100% in a very long time. She just had surgery again last Friday. [frown][frown][frown] Shoulder this time. 

For those who have experiences with ACL reconstructions- does one ever lose the fear of coming to a stop?  Her leg is in pretty good shape now, but she's tentative running, it's a mental thing. If you look closely at the video of her moment this year, as she approaches the plate you notice how even in the excitement she stutter steps and makes sure she doesn't land on her right foot. 

She has yet to recover her full speed, and way far from the first step quickness she used to posses. So I wonder how the arm will be. Help me send her good vibes, so she can get back to 100% at some point, and hopefully sooner than later. Injuries suck!
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Well???? That's debatable, unfortunately. Let's hope that Jr. year will be the year she plays completely healthy. She hasn't played at 100% in a very long time. She just had surgery again last Friday. [frown][frown][frown] Shoulder this time. 

For those who have experiences with ACL reconstructions- does one ever lose the fear of coming to a stop?  Her leg is in pretty good shape now, but she's tentative running, it's a mental thing. If you look closely at the video of her moment this year, as she approaches the plate you notice how even in the excitement she stutter steps and makes sure she doesn't land on her right foot. 

She has yet to recover her full speed, and way far from the first step quickness she used to posses. So I wonder how the arm will be. Help me send her good vibes, so she can get back to 100% at some point, and hopefully sooner than later. Injuries suck!
I don't know how loose-limbed she is, but the replacement ACL (patellar tendon strip? Elsewhere?) IS stronger than what it replaced.

Just keep swinging like she does and she can go station to station!  Or trot
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I don't know how loose-limbed she is, but the replacement ACL (patellar tendon strip? Elsewhere?) IS stronger than what it replaced.

Just keep swinging like she does and she can go station to station!  Or trot


She’s very tightly wound. So range of motion recovery is an issue for her. Her knee didn’t do so hot in that area.

And yes, patelllar tendon graft.
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Well???? That's debatable, unfortunately. Let's hope that Jr. year will be the year she plays completely healthy. She hasn't played at 100% in a very long time. She just had surgery again last Friday. [frown][frown][frown] Shoulder this time. 

For those who have experiences with ACL reconstructions- does one ever lose the fear of coming to a stop?  Her leg is in pretty good shape now, but she's tentative running, it's a mental thing. If you look closely at the video of her moment this year, as she approaches the plate you notice how even in the excitement she stutter steps and makes sure she doesn't land on her right foot. 

She has yet to recover her full speed, and way far from the first step quickness she used to posses. So I wonder how the arm will be. Help me send her good vibes, so she can get back to 100% at some point, and hopefully sooner than later. Injuries suck!


The UF athletic dept better be getting your girl the best doctors in the world!

I'm glad you chimed in. Sad to hear about the shoulder, but I hope she's healing well. Was it an arthroscopic procedure at least?
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UF has been fantastic with both her medical and academic needs.  I don't know how other athletic departments run their programs, but I can't say enough about the UAA. She's doing well so far. She's home for a few weeks now.  All is good.  
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I have experience with ACL recovery — both my own and now i walk pitchers through it often. She can have great doctors, but some things (such as confidence in a limb that has failed) are not a medical issue. She must observe the difference between what is scary and what is painful. She must understand exactly what move caused the injury and learn to separate between fear and danger as they are two different things. I understand and feel for her.
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Way too many softball players getting surgery for torn this, torn that...at way too young of an age.
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Way too many softball players getting surgery for torn this, torn that...at way too young of an age.
it occurs to me you can build and develop muscles -- and the force they exert on the body, but ligaments and tendons sometimes can't keep up.

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it occurs to me you can build and develop muscles -- and the force they exert on the body, but ligaments and tendons sometimes can't keep up.


Overtraining is indeed a problem.it is now a well recognized one. The digital revolution allows us to wacth reptition and heights of jumps in real time for basketball, volleyball and track..
Look for more improvements soon. Workouts are being revised, rest period enforced. It can and will get better!
Meanwhile, may Jordan M. get well soon well soon! She’ll have a nice new and improved stadium and more fans to entertain!
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Wow Gators2014 you have some really great insight!!!!
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