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Grindz

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Who do yall feel like is the most improved team(s) this season, or was way better than predicted? 


My top two choices would be Arizona State and Georgia

I knew ASU would be better they have a lot of talented kids but not sure I would have predicted this season so far.

Juarez took a major jump this year on the mound, she's been impressive.   
 

Not sure what Georgia did this offseason with the offense but it sure as hell worked. They have already almost double their homerun numbers from the year before

gray has been remarkable this year. I really like Avant, she is very talented. 
 
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Arizona State, Georgia, Arkansas, South Carolina, Stanford has been a lot better -- I think they surpassed more wins they had all year last year, Hofstra...

The addition of key freshman/transfers for lots of these teams is most likely why they have gotten better.

ASU - Hackbarths, Gortarez
Arkansas - Mary Haff
S. Carolina - Jana Johns, Kelsey Oh, etc.
Stanford - Maddy Dwyer
Hofstra - Sophie Dandola

Duke in my opinion is a team that was way better than predicted. They were predicted to finish last in the ACC but I think they are 8/12 in conference, and plus they are over .500 in their first season, so props to them.
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Oklahoma.  
Grindz

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For most improved? lol
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Actually, Oklahoma may be as improved as anyone.  Alo has helped fill a hole, especially with our best clutch hitter experiencing knee problems.  Wodach has begun to hit again this year after taking a year off.  It means the lineup is pretty solid all the way through.  Last year, when the bottom three started the rally that won the championship game, they were about 0-19 against Florida prior to that rally.  That isn't likely to be the case this year.

I was also concerned about pitching depth:  Paige, Paige, and who? Lopez has stepped up solidly, and Conrad is beginning to show that she is up to playoff caliber.

But, South Carolina had a lot of improving to do to become a relevant team.  They are pretty good this year.  I'll give the nod to them.  Sweeping Tennessee and playing Ole Miss and A&M 3-3 on the road isn't bad.
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Long Beach State 
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Actually, Oklahoma may be as improved as anyone.  Alo has helped fill a hole, especially with our best clutch hitter experiencing knee problems.  Wodach has begun to hit again this year after taking a year off.  It means the lineup is pretty solid all the way through.  Last year, when the bottom three started the rally that won the championship game, they were about 0-19 against Florida prior to that rally.  That isn't likely to be the case this year.

I was also concerned about pitching depth:  Paige, Paige, and who? Lopez has stepped up solidly, and Conrad is beginning to show that she is up to playoff caliber.

Sounds like Julia Roberts trying to argue why she deserves the brownie in Notting Hill...LOL

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LSU. Especially their hitting approach.
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Arkansas has more new blood going for it than Mary Haff, who is doing very well so far. Hannah McEwen and Kayla Green are both having very nice Fr campaigns, as well.

That said, Iā€™m most impressed by the improvement from both UGA and South Carolina.
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LSU. Especially their hitting approach.


I agree, he should be receiving some interest at prestigious schools after the masterful job he has done this season. 


 
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Arkansas
Georgia
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Duke with 20 wins.
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Duke with 20 wins.


impressive but didn't play last year to improve on anything
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impressive but didn't play last year to improve on anything


He also said about teams that were better than predicted. Duke was predicted to finish last in the ACC, but they are 8/12 in the conference, which is surprising since its their 1st year playing ball, still shocks me how they haven't gone under .500 yet, but they need 1 more loss to.
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thank you smc...i forgot to turn on the Sarcasm Light again.
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This thread makes two things very clear: 3LT likes chick flicks and nobody, I mean nobody who follows Pitt posts on this message board.  

They snapped FSU's 36 game ACC winning streak and you wouldn't know it if not for the FSU followers posts on the ACC thread.  They may not take the coastal but they're the best team in it at the moment and I didn't see any preseason poll or prediction that had them finishing anywhere but near or at the bottom of the ACC.
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Well duke did have zero wins last year.
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This thread makes two things very clear: 3LT likes chick flicks and nobody, I mean nobody who follows Pitt posts on this message board.  

They snapped FSU's 36 game ACC winning streak and you wouldn't know it if not for the FSU followers posts on the ACC thread.  They may not take the coastal but they're the best team in it at the moment and I didn't see any preseason poll or prediction that had them finishing anywhere but near or at the bottom of the ACC.
They almost beat Michigan in Boca at a game I was at a month ago. Zemerenko is one of the top 10 catchers in the country
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The Duke season is almost a miracle.  Winning is a lot more than putting some players on a team.  It requires creating a culture to get momentum and confidence.  That coaching staff should be commended for the work they have put into a first year program.  Academic schools should take note.  Softball players can score 33s on the ACT and 2100 on the SAT and play some great ball.  Duke may end up pulling some serious talent from the Ivy league schools.
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good catch.   I hadn't thought of them at first b/c they have underperformed based on recruiting base for the past decade (same can be said for Cal State Fullerton).

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Duke may end up pulling some serious talent from the Ivy league schools.
 considering that they are rated in USNWR higher than several Ivies, that makes sense.   But more importantly, how many schollies do they have?   Is it fully funded?  

The Ivies are tricky b/c if a family's taxable income is around $60k (and they don't have a lot of assets), several Ivies will pay for both tuition and room and board not because of athletics, but b/c they do that for every student.  Sliding scale from there up to ab out $90k at which point tuition is still free but room and board is mostly on the student.  That is very generous and hard for other schools to compete against, so though they don't offer merit scholarships or athletic scholarships (as Duke can), any family making under $100k can figure out how to make it work without too much student loan debt.

Where the athletic scholarship at Duke (also Stanford and Northwestern) will really make a financial difference is when a student's family makes more than $100k, where Ivies can still be very expensive and they don't and won't offer any athletic or merit money.

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 considering that they are rated in USNWR higher than several Ivies, that makes sense.   But more importantly, how many schollies do they have?   Is it fully funded?  

The Ivies are tricky b/c if a family's taxable income is around $60k (and they don't have a lot of assets), several Ivies will pay for both tuition and room and board not because of athletics, but b/c they do that for every student.  Sliding scale from there up to ab out $90k at which point tuition is still free but room and board is mostly on the student.  That is very generous and hard for other schools to compete against, so though they don't offer merit scholarships or athletic scholarships (as Duke can), any family making under $100k can figure out how to make it work without too much student loan debt.

Where the athletic scholarship at Duke (also Stanford and Northwestern) will really make a financial difference is when a student's family makes more than $100k, where Ivies can still be very expensive and they don't and won't offer any athletic or merit money.


The program is fully funded. 

The Financial Aid offered @ Duke is nothing short of phenomonal. Like the Ivies, it has to be with yearly costs exceeding 70K. I believe a family income of 160K will still qualify for aid in the 25K range. Add that to any potential Athletic money and the cost basis doesn't sting as bad.
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Definitely Illinois.  Watched them a couple weeks ago against Northwestern and was like jesus this team doesn't mess around at the plate. Checked out their stats and yea they have seven starters hitting over .330. Pitching isn't great which will probably kill them in the post season but still a fun team to watch. 
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good catch.   I hadn't thought of them at first b/c they have underperformed based on recruiting base for the past decade (same can be said for Cal State Fullerton).



I'm not a big RPI guy but,

They've gone from Rpi of 71 last year to 16 so far this year. I thought once conference started they would drop just because of the Conference RPI. but they did climb two more spots this week. If they do climb more they probably won't host with UCLA down the street.
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South Carolina in SEC
Texas in Big 12
Washington in Pac 12
Michigan in Big 10
ND in ACC



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South Carolina in SEC
Texas in Big 12
Washington in Pac 12
Michigan in Big 10
ND in ACC




I believe you missed some conferences šŸ˜ƒ
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Definitely Illinois.  Watched them a couple weeks ago against Northwestern and was like jesus this team doesn't mess around at the plate. Checked out their stats and yea they have seven starters hitting over .330. Pitching isn't great which will probably kill them in the post season but still a fun team to watch. 


Illinois is a really curious choice.  Last year they were a top 25 team virtually the entire season until a late season collapse dropped them to 26.  This year they are 55 in the RPI and have had several bad losses.  I watched them play the Gophers just over a week ago and the Gophers swept the double header.  In fact, Illinois did not score in either game. 

Illinois would be on a very different list for me - teams that are major disappointments this year.  To be fair I would have the Gophers on that list as well. 
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Illinois actually only got 1 hit I think in those 2 games.
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Sounds like Julia Roberts trying to argue why she deserves the brownie in Notting Hill...LOL

She plays a version of herself, having dinner with a family of commoners:





I don't think of you as a commoner, Lefty. More like "new money."
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Illinois is a really curious choice.  Last year they were a top 25 team virtually the entire season until a late season collapse dropped them to 26.  This year they are 55 in the RPI and have had several bad losses.  I watched them play the Gophers just over a week ago and the Gophers swept the double header.  In fact, Illinois did not score in either game. 

Illinois would be on a very different list for me - teams that are major disappointments this year.  To be fair I would have the Gophers on that list as well. 
Yea but those games were in 35 degree weather that weekend. They are still ahead of the Gophers in the standings, third place. They lead the Big Ten in hitting. Its not like the Gophers don't have any bad losses either. They just lost to Michigan State this weekend. Lost two to Northwestern. Had brutal loss to New Mexico State early. I'm a fan of the Gophers too. Didn't see this down season coming but the new coach and worst winter we've had in a decade haven't helped. 
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