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softballfan24

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Stanford 5
Memphis 1

Cardinal 10-2 on the season.
nothingheretosee

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Great start!

Just wish they didn't have 4 or 5 starters batting .200 or below. That will hurt in conference games.
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Great start!

Just wish they didn't have 4 or 5 starters batting .200 or below. That will hurt in conference games.


Fair point (and I agree we need to get more hits moving forward to have a sustainable offense through Pac-12 play), but to quote the line from Moneyball, "he gets on base". Team OBP is .350, even if the team BA is only .237. They have already drawn 53 walks or HBP, and are dominating their opponents on the basepaths (17 successful steals on 19 attempts versus only 1 stolen base allowed). 

We are down two starters right now, and starting four true freshmen, so there were inevitably going to be some growing pains. 

The good news is generally we have been pretty efficient at making the most of our baserunners through outstanding baserunning and timely hits.

The offense is definitely streaky, but when they get a runner or two on, they can put up a bunch of runs in an inning, as they have already shown against LSU, Michigan etc. 
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I think every position player has played this year. Are there some that are limited by injury? And what positions would they occupy if they were healthy?
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I think every position player has played this year. Are there some that are limited by injury? And what positions would they occupy if they were healthy?


Our starting LF Hannah Howell has not played since the end of the Kajikawa Classic (she got hit hard by an errant pitch against Weber State in the earhole in her helmet; she finished that game, but hasn't played since). I think everyone can infer the rest regarding the injury.

Hannah was one of our best players last year, and an NFCA Third Team All-Region selection. She had a .529 OBP prior to her injury, and the true freshman that is starting as the third outfielder in her place has one of the sub .200 BA you referenced.

In turn, true freshman Emily Schultz has started at 1B and DP; she hasn't played since the first game of the DeMarini Invitational against Pacific. Prior to that, she had a .400/.563/.600 stat line in limited time of course. In particular, she would undoubtedly be starting ahead of another true freshman (who is currently starting at DP), and has the second of the 4-5 sub .200 BA you referenced.

There is one other true freshman hitting <.200, but it is a tough ask to be the starting SS as a true frosh from Day 1 (and SS aren't always counted on for their offense but rather defense). Two other power hitters (1B and C) have had nice games recently to boost their hitting stats above >.200; both had good stat lines last year, so their slow starts can probably be attributed to smallish sample sizes. They likely won't ultimately have the highest BA on the team, but they will definitely provide the RBI's and OBP stats.
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Thanks for the info.

Will certainly need more hitting (from 1-9) and specifically more power especially from the 4/5 slots.

If those three returners you mentioned get back on track the team will have a great year.
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Stanford 3
CSUN 2

Stanford goes 5-0 at the LSU Invitational. 11-2 on the year. 

https://gostanford.com/news/2019/2/24/softball-perfect-in-baton-rouge.aspx

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Stanford swept another weekend, which included wins over #23 Northwestern and North Dakota State.

That is 10 consecutive wins for the Cardinal, a 16-2 overall record, likely a Top 20 Massey ranking come tomorrow and more votes in national polls.
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Actually NDSU pitched their freshman pitcher who did an excellent job so it is not like they were playing against Sertic. They barely got out with a win. Stanford on the other hand pitched their ace. Had they pitched Dwyer against Vargas it would have been far more interesting.  

Once conference play starts we will see how much they have improved.

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Maddy was hurt (she took a hard hit ball off her hand the previous night), so even if Allister wanted to throw Maddy, she couldn't (she likely would have thrown Lee anyway). We faced NW's ace (Williams), and we faced what appeared to be LSU and UM's top pitching earlier, so we have seen at least some #1's. 

I think an important factor in Pac-12 play is not only Stanford's improvement, but also the regression of several teams (Utah, Arizona State, Oregon), and particularly all three of those teams losing their entire rotation from last year due to graduation and/or transfer.

Stanford has also won several 1 or 2 run games. Just because they won by 1 run doesn't mean they got lucky or barely won. 

The style of what they have to play given their personnel currently (inconsistent offense without maximum depth, coupled with much improved pitching), and still being thin on depth, means they have been playing a lot of close games. They have won all but 1 of them.
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Reality will set in soon but they are a well coached team w average talent. 
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Maddy was hurt (she took a hard hit ball off her hand the previous night), so even if Allister wanted to throw Maddy, she couldn't (she likely would have thrown Lee anyway). We faced NW's ace (Williams), and we faced what appeared to be LSU and UM's top pitching earlier, so we have seen at least some #1's. 

I think an important factor in Pac-12 play is not only Stanford's improvement, but also the regression of several teams (Utah, Arizona State, Oregon), and particularly all three of those teams losing their entire rotation from last year due to graduation and/or transfer.

I would put the over-under on their Pac-12 wins at 10 1/2
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I would put the over-under on their Pac-12 wins at 10 1/2


We would thrilled with 10 1/2 wins, as surely that would be good enough for a tournament bid. 

We simply want to end the tournament drought this year, and with the wins notched in the non-conference (both quantity with some quality, but mostly quantity), and a Massey Rating of #20, it seems like the team is on its way toward accomplishing this goal. 

Obviously, anything more than that seems like a stretch this year, but perhaps possible as soon as next year. 
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LMAO after seeing who beat Jessica Harper for Pac-12 player of the week
All Cowles did against #23 Northwestern (depending which poll) was 2 singles
All Harper did against #19 James Madison was hit a winning 2 run home run off Megan Good
All Harper did against #23 Minnesota (depending which poll) was hit a winning 2 run home run


Sounds like Harper had a fantastic weekend. I can't speak to what she did (since I don't follow UA closely enough), but here is Teaghan's stat-line for the weekend in 5 games:

.818 BA
1.455 Slugging Percentage
11 runs scored

She had two triples, a HR, and double.


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Gotta love how cherry picking stats can seemingly make a case for one player over another. Thanks for the cumulative record over the entire weekend. LMAO, indeed.
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Why the hate? They both had a great weekend but you don’t have to put one down to make the other look better. Let’s just agree that the PAC has some great players and maybe give Stanford a little atta girl for finally having great coaching and getting out of the basement of the PAC 12
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Why the hate? They both had a great weekend but you don’t have to put one down to make the other look better. Let’s just agree that the PAC has some great players and maybe give Stanford a little atta girl for finally having great coaching and getting out of the basement of the PAC 12


Why the hate? Could be because it's a Stanford thread. The hating hasn't stopped from Pre Allister?
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Why the hate? They both had a great weekend but you don’t have to put one down to make the other look better. Let’s just agree that the PAC has some great players and maybe give Stanford a little atta girl for finally having great coaching and getting out of the basement of the PAC 12


Agree! Bain of the internet is people bashing others anonymously. Great performances by both players!
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Harper had 5 home runs and 10 rbi
and today she had 2 home runs with 4 rbi
Plus she joined the NCAA career 50 HR club
What is cute is that Harper in the last 8 games has 14 runs batted in
Cowles last year in the entire season had 15 rbi



As the other commenters stated above, which I wholeheartedly agree with, congratulations to Harper on a great career and weekend milestone (all the best to UA, except I will root for my team Stanford obviously when they play). However, otherwise, I will back the Pac and hope for continued success for all of our schools. If anything, a better Pac makes all of our teams better and better prepared for postseason success.
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Cardinals @ Wildcats April 18-20
What I do like is that Cowles and Harper are juniors.



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