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HenryLouisAaron

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<< Interesting starting pitcher choice today for Oklahoma... >> (jengal)

<< Despite Friday's result, Gasso totally disrespecting the opponent, but in her position, she has to bank that her team is 7-10 runs better than NDSU >> (3leftturns)

I didn't think that at all (disrespecting the opponent). Gasso's perspective was that they had to win two games today (maybe even three) - and starting Parker in both was a much longer shot - than starting Lopez against NDSU (a team she figures they should be able to beat - if they play up to their expected level).

Lopez has been a very effective starter for Oklahoma. She had a 16-1 record going into this game. 
I would have made the exact same call of starting Lopez. Frankly, I was a bit surprised by the shock of the announcers at Lopez starting. She has been a big part of the team all year long (and the announcers should have known that - if they did any homework at all).
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Ou not playing like a defending national championship team
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What a joke this weekend was. Time to move onto next year. Disappointing year.
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2-1...Ye of little faith...Try being a ND fan.
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Sooners tie it up in the bottom of the 6th (2-2)...
but then with runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs - they try a double steal and Shay K. is thrown out at home.
Going to the 7th tied 2-2.
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man i know the tulsa fans must get nervous every time pitcher needs to make a throw to a bag. even the underhanded toss almost sailed over the second baseman's head. either way it gets them out of the inning and we're on to the 9th.
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The shift never fails. Oops
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I said it months ago.... but that shift is ridiculous
RahOKU

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Yep. Advice to OU coaches: Ditch the shift.
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Never do that stupid shift ever again.
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I said it months ago.... but that shift is ridiculous


Lefty: You and I finally agree!
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Boomer.  lol    How many 7th inning leads have been blown in these regionals?
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Lefty: You and I finally agree!
And... somewhere... Clint Myers just felt an awful twitch
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Welp.
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And that's why this is the greatest game.
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ESPN to Syd Romero: "Did you know it was out when you connected?"

Romero: "Yes."
HenryLouisAaron

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Wow! What a fun way to end that game.

Oklahoma erupts for two two run homers - as soon as they move the coverage to ESPN2. 
Guess they better hope the game is on ESPN2 tomorrow.

; )

It's also kinda funny how Lowry finally gets tired and gives up some hits (giving up the lead)...
and then she becomes the winning pitcher thanks to her team's offensive explosion in the bottom half of the inning.

I will be surprised if Oklahoma doesn't win tomorrow.
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<< man i know the tulsa fans must get nervous every time pitcher needs to make a throw to a bag. even the underhanded toss almost sailed over the second baseman's head. either way it gets them out of the inning and we're on to the 9th. >> (Deedee)

Yes, she did almost throw it away.
But you have to give thanks to the OK pinch runner (who had stolen second base), who then thought there were two outs (when there was only one out) and she took off running for third on the Pendley liner that was caught by the pitcher. Terrible base running blunder (especially when you came into the game as a base running specialist). 
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<< The shift never fails. Oops >> (Fpitch9)

<< I said it months ago.... but that shift is ridiculous >> (3leftturns)

<< Yep. Advice to OU coaches: Ditch the shift. >> (RahOKU)

<< Never do that stupid shift ever again. >> (OUsoftball)

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I will bet you that Gasso continues to use it. This was the first time (in a whole lot of games / and a ton of innings) that they gave up a single run because of a ball hit to left field with that shift on. And I believe that it happened today - only because Lowry had been used in relief longer than any other time this season. In that last inning, she was not throwing with the same effectiveness that she had been throughout the game. 

Before that hit - throughout the entire season - the OK opponents had gotten just two balls hit into LF against that shift (and no runs had scored). 

The stats show that that shift has been VERY effective. 
If Lowry is throwing her normal speed (she brings it up to 73 mph), that shift is very effective. 

My advice to Gasso is simply this...
You might want to keep track of Lowry's pitch speed (whenever she stays in a game for a long time), and either take her out when her effectiveness has fallen off (her speed has dropped)... or go to a normal defensive alignment when her speed drops off. 

But... when she is bringing it - stay with the shift. It has worked exceptionally well almost every time. 
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Quote:
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<< The shift never fails. Oops >> (Fpitch9)

<< I said it months ago.... but that shift is ridiculous >> (3leftturns)

<< Yep. Advice to OU coaches: Ditch the shift. >> (RahOKU)

<< Never do that stupid shift ever again. >> (OUsoftball)

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I will bet you that Gasso continues to use it. This the first time (in a whole lot of games / and a ton of innings) that they gave up a single run because of a ball hit to left field with that shift on. And I believe that it happened today - only because Lowry had been used in relief longer than any other time this season. In that last inning, she was not throwing with the same effectiveness that she had been throughout the game. 

Before that hit - throughout the entire season - the OK opponents had gotten just two balls hit into LF against that shift (and no runs had scored). 

The stats show that that shift has been VERY effective. 
If Lowry is throwing her normal speed (she brings it up to 73 mph), that shift is very effective. 

My advice to Gasso is simply this...
You might want to keep track of Lowry's pitch speed (whenever she stays in a game for a long time), and either take her out when her effectiveness has fallen off (her speed has dropped)... or go to a normal defensive alignment when her speed drops off. 

But... when she is bringing it - stay with the shift. It has worked exceptionally well almost every time. 


I'm afraid that more righty batters will do what a number of Tulsa players were clearly doing -- which is to look to the outer half and speed up their swings to get the ball into LF. Earlier in the game, a couple of TU batters tried to do it but only managed to hit sharp foul grounders into the 3B dugout. 

Honestly, I am hard-pressed to think of any significant plays where I was thinking, "Man, I'm sure glad we were in the shift." I'd say 99.9% of the time a regular alignment would do the job.

The other thing the shift does, is it puts somebody who's been playing OF where your SS would be. In OU's loss to NDSU on Saturday, Hatfield bobbled a ball hit to her at short, and that become the go-ahead run. The situation is exacerbated when Fale Aviu is the LF who joins the infield, because she never plays infield otherwise. Hatfield at least is a utility player with some IF experience.

But what do I know? I've got 3 fewer NCs than Gasso.


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I'm afraid that more righty batters will do what a number of Tulsa players were clearly doing -- which is to look to the outer half and speed up their swings to get the ball into LF. Earlier in the game, a couple of TU batters tried to do it but only managed to hit sharp foul grounders into the 3B dugout. 

Honestly, I am hard-pressed to think of any significant plays where I was thinking, "Man, I'm sure glad we were in the shift." I'd say 99.9% of the time a regular alignment would do the job.

The other thing the shift does, is it puts somebody who's been playing OF where your SS would be. In OU's loss to NDSU on Saturday, Hatfield bobbled a ball hit to her at short, and that become the go-ahead run. The situation is exacerbated when Fale Aviu is the LF who joins the infield, because she never plays infield otherwise. Hatfield at least is a utility player with some IF experience.

But what do I know? I've got 3 fewer NCs than Gasso.




Like anything else, if it works the coach is a genius, if it doesn't it's the wrong call. If it worked all season with high success then keep it in the playbook. It's so easy coaching after the fact in front of our TV. 
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I like Gasso and anything she wants to try is probably more well thought out than we mere softball mortals can comprehend. Running in circles has coached how many conference champions?
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http://www.soonersports.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&id=6139100

Gasso at postgame conference. 

Tomorrow is going to be another instate war.
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Sooners are going to hose Tulsa tomorrow.  
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Tulsa is very lucky the delay worked in their favor. They only played 1 game the past three days. Their pitcher would have been gassed if she had to go back-to-back today like most Regional Championships. Emily Watson will likely get the start tomorrow. She wouldn't have been able to effectively pitch a second game today.

Now the question is, who does Gasso start?

Tulsa will be the designated home team tomorrow.
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I don't know who wins today, but I'll say this: If Tulsa can get off the mat from Sunday's loss it'll be extraordinary. Watson looked absolutely shell shocked after the game. Bigger question for me is whether Parker finds her top form today.
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Not over in Norman (Sooners up 3-0 in T7), but just a shout out to Tulsa's ace, Emily Watson. Pitched 4 consecutive days, 477 pitches. That's an amazing performance.
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Great work by Patty Gasso and her crew.

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