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HenryLouisAaron

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<< If this staff keeps improving, the Sooners might even make it to the 9-seed next season. >> (scrybe)

<< They should be much better situated going into the 2018 season.  They lost one player from the 2017 team and she didn't contribute significantly on a consistent basis.  PG was developing a pitching staff early in the season so they weren't solely depending on PParker. They will no doubt drop some games, because I'm sure they will play a tough pre-conference slate.  I'm betting it will be another great season for the Sooners though. >> (TXRoadLizard)

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It will be surprising if the Sooners do not have another great season next year. Their pitching will probably get even a better (with everyone returning)... and there is a decent chance they can fill a weak spot or two in the lineup with bigger bats for next season.

Btw... they actually have lost two players from the 2017 squad (Macy Hatfield and Alissa Dalton). Hatfield was the only senior. Dalton was a very highly recruited freshman. Dalton hit pretty well when she played - but she seems to have been suspended in the early middle of the season - and then again for the last 21 games of the season. She was not with the team for any of those last 21 games... and then she announced in mid June that she is transferring to Louisiana. 
HenryLouisAaron

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<< If this staff keeps improving, the Sooners might even make it to the 9-seed next season. >> (scrybe)

Someone posted awhile back - that Parker seemed to be losing her effectiveness as the tournament came to a close.
She did have a poor outing in the last game - but I believe much of that can probably be traced back to the 17 inning marathon they played the night before. I think she was most likely both physically and emotionally drained.

Here is a look at Parker's stats during the post season in each of her seasons.

2015 Freshman Season:
.. IP ..... ER ...... ERA ..... SO ...... HR ...... SO/7 ...... HR/7 ...... W - L
38.0 .... 14 ...... 2.58 ..... 25 ........ 6 ........ 4.6 ........ 1.1 ........ 4 - 2

This was the year that Runyon hit a grand slam off Parker in the bottom of the 6th in the super regional deciding game - to change Oklahoma's 3-1 lead into a 3-5 loss. Before that pitch, Parker's ERA was 1.70 over the post season. 

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2016 Sophomore Season:
.. IP ..... ER ...... ERA ..... SO ...... HR ...... SO/7 ...... HR/7 ...... W - L
69.0 .... 19 ...... 1.93 ..... 58 ........ 8 ........ 5.9 ........ 0.8 ....... 10 - 0

In both her freshman and sophomore seasons, Parker pitched every inning of every post season game. 
She went 10-0 in the 2016 post season - taking her team all the way to the title. Her ERA was down, her HR allowed were down - and her strike outs were up. 

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2017 Junior Season:
.. IP ..... ER ...... ERA ..... SO ...... HR ...... SO/7 ...... HR/7 ...... W - L
50.1 .... 12 ...... 1.67 ..... 55 ........ 5 ....... 7.65 ........ 0.7 ....... 6 - 0

This time Parker pitched just a little bit more than half of her team's innings. Parker had 50.1 IP while three others had a combined 47.2 IP. Lowary suffered the only loss going 3-1 with 4 saves in 36.1 IP (with an excellent 0.77 ERA). Lopez went 2-0 in 10 IP... and Mendes pitched 1.1 innings.

Once again, Parker's ERA was down, her HR allowed were down - and her strike outs were up. 
Parker had a 1.29 ERA before that last game against Florida (when she gave up 3 ER in just 1.2 IP).

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Parker's biggest weak spot has been giving up HR. She seems to leave a pitch a bit too much over the plate from time to time - and she pays the price for it. But this weakness did not keep her from winning her last 18 decisions of the season... as she was 18-0 down the stretch in 2017 (after an 8-5 start). 

I think Parker will continue to improve next season - and the Sooner pitching staff will be among the very best in the country. 
TXRoadLizard

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Originally Posted by HenryLouisAaron
<< If this staff keeps improving, the Sooners might even make it to the 9-seed next season. >> (scrybe)

<< They should be much better situated going into the 2018 season.  They lost one player from the 2017 team and she didn't contribute significantly on a consistent basis.  PG was developing a pitching staff early in the season so they weren't solely depending on PParker. They will no doubt drop some games, because I'm sure they will play a tough pre-conference slate.  I'm betting it will be another great season for the Sooners though. >> (TXRoadLizard)

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

It will be surprising if the Sooners do not have another great season next year. Their pitching will probably get even a better (with everyone returning)... and there is a decent chance they can fill a weak spot or two in the lineup with bigger bats for next season.

Btw... they actually have lost two players from the 2017 squad (Macy Hatfield and Alissa Dalton). Hatfield was the only senior. Dalton was a very highly recruited freshman. Dalton hit pretty well when she played - but she seems to have been suspended in the early middle of the season - and then again for the last 21 games of the season. She was not with the team for any of those last 21 games... and then she announced in mid June that she is transferring to Louisiana. 
TXRoadLizard

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I didn't count Dalton because as you pointed out, she didn't play the last 21-games. I remember she had a solid bat, but doesn't do much good if she isn't playing. My point was the team PG fielded at the WCWS will just be minus Hatfield.
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