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Softballjunkie223

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I must have heard wrong. I thought I heard vines was out the whole year with her shoulder injury vs. possibly coming back but huge gain for Tennessee if she stays healthy.
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You didn't hear wrong.... addressed on the previous page
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Oh look, another instance in which you have stalked an SEC team. This is getting serious. You may need a therapist......I can see the snarly responses sweeping across your keyboard now...
I guess you missed the Arizona runs scored at home vs. road the past 4 years post.

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Oh, I like the Weeklys fine, and LOVE Meghan Gregg and her parents (I got roasted for saying that she was my pick for POY last year).

Just think he is BSing on this one
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Tennessee is up 3-0 on Hawaii Arnold gives up a lead off single and is pulled.. Maybe Arnold got hurt some way or what but strange to face 1 batter and get pulled.
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Edit: Arnold was called for two illegal pitches.
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Don't see Florida or Washington going to Hawaii anytime soon. 
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Don't see Florida or Washington going to Hawaii anytime soon. 


Haha! So true...
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Don't see Florida or Washington going to Hawaii anytime soon. 


They probably haven't and wont' be invited. [biggrin]
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Don't see Florida or Washington going to Hawaii anytime soon. 


Do yourselves a favor, look at Hawaii schedule the past three years. Way to educate yourselves before you open your mouth. Very classy.
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Do yourselves a favor, look at Hawaii schedule the past three years. Way to educate yourselves before you open your mouth. Very classy.


Hey Copernicus, the post said 'anytime soon'. And sorry I didn't light up the Sarcasm Sign light for ya. Sharp as a bowling ball.

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Don't see Florida or Washington going to Hawaii anytime soon. 


I'm not even sure what the point of this snarky comment is? Are you suggesting that Hawaii is not worth playing? I think the basic point of the trip is that it's a nice trip for the team--gee, would you rather go to Hawaii or Tulsa? Beyond that, Hawaii is pretty decent, I hear, and Tennessee always plays a difficult schedule--both non-conference and, of course, SEC.

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Hey Copernicus, the post said 'anytime soon'. And sorry I didn't light up the Sarcasm Sign light for ya. Sharp as a bowling ball.

Don't you have a log cabin to build? 


[thumb] Same here,   where's that damn sarcasm emoji
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Wow - some dim bulbs here.
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I'm not even sure what the point of this snarky comment is? Are you suggesting that Hawaii is not worth playing? I think the basic point of the trip is that it's a nice trip for the team--gee, would you rather go to Hawaii or Tulsa? Beyond that, Hawaii is pretty decent, I hear, and Tennessee always plays a difficult schedule--both non-conference and, of course, SEC.
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Caylan Arnold throws a complete game win against Maryland today and does not get one illegal pitch called on her. Something fishy was brewing on the islands last night. From the Volnation board who listened to the radio broadcast says that the illegal pitches called on Caylan were illegal pitches due to a foreign substance, two of them lead to an ejection. From the Volnation board from that same poster said this:

"As it was explained on the radio broadcast today, she goes from the rosin bag to her pant leg, then to her wristband. Sometimes she skips the pant leg and goes directly to the wristband, which is supposed to be ok. The umps incorrectly applied the rule and said it did not count. Got an illegal pitch for a foreign substance, then a second. The second illegal pitch with a substance is an ejection. 

The umps weren't going to eject her, but the Hawaii coach pulled out his pre-highlighted rule book. Sounded like a set-up with umps that only call games in Hawaii, based on the way it was described on the radio."
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I doubt it was a "setup," but who knows? It does seem a bit strange. Not sure what the rule is about going to parts of your body with your hand--is there a rule? 

Poor Katie Weimer: she's a demonstrably better hitter than Bearden but Ralph almost never gives her at bats. Meantime, Weekly seems always to be looking to give Bearden at pinch-hit at bat or more--and she's easily the worst hitter on the team. 

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Victoria draper 0-21 so far in sec play at what point does dean abs auburn move her down the line up?
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I doubt it was a "setup," but who knows? It does seem a bit strange. Not sure what the rule is about going to parts of your body with your hand--is there a rule? 

Poor Katie Weimer: she's a demonstrably better hitter than Bearden but Ralph almost never gives her at bats. Meantime, Weekly seems always to be looking to give Bearden at pinch-hit at bat or more--and she's easily the worst hitter on the team. 


Ralph has always had an affinity for Bearden for some reason, despite McSwain and Weimer being better hitters AND righties on an extremely lefty-heavy team.

I think one reason Weimer doesn't get much time is because she can't play anywhere except catcher and DP. But while we are on the subject, Weimer also has the capability of being a better hitter than Abby Lockman, and Abby isn't exactly stellar defensively. Then again she easily could've been put at DP over Bearden. The emergence of Ayala and McSwain of late will probably decrease Bearden's opportunities quite a bit, plus those two can play in the outfield. But it's also been complicated a bit by the return of Vines, which also puts Ashley Morgan's playing time a bit in doubt. But honestly at this point both McSwain and Bearden would be on the bench with Ayala, Vines and Morgan all starting.

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How about Meghan Gregg. A lot of season to go but she just might be the national player of the year. Best hitter in Tennessee history.
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Right now, a race between her and garcia
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Oklahoma's Romero hitting around .520, driving in lots of runs. Maybe not a favorite, but belongs in the conversation.
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This Tennessee team is very strong offensively but may be let down--again--by its pitching. The Weeklys are excellent recruiters but they can't seem to find three dependable pitchers--something that's been an issue for years. They recruited a pitcher from georgia a couple of years ago--bust. They had a transfer from Texas Tech--pitcher/first baseman--who supposedly threw well at that school but she gets to Tennessee and has control issues, apparently, and basically didn't pitch at all last year after a couple of brief early season appearances, leaving a good team with only two pitchers. They had a junior college transfer as well and she did not work out. Now they've got Sprang, one of the top pitching prospects in the country--and she is a mess. She needed innings early in the year to get used to pitching in college, to settle in--and Ralph Weekly wouldn't give her innings. He kept pulling her in the first/second inning because of control problems, despite the fact that the Vols were playing teams they were going to beat no matter how many wild pitches she threw. He needed to let her pitch and wouldn't do it. 

Yesterday, against South Carolina, C. Arnold can't hold a three-four run lead, and then Weekly brings Sprang in late in a tie game. Even watching on TV you could see how nervous Sprang was--it was obvious that it was not going to end well. I don't know how someone can pitch at high club level for three years and then be such a mess when she gets to college. I think UT needs a new pitching coach. The guy they've got has been there for years but he is not doing the job. Without Sprang this team will not realize its very high potential.

And let's mention this: UT has a runner on second in the top of the 7th, tie game, Leach gets a hit to left center--and for some reason the runner is held at 3rd, a disastrous mistake as she would have scored. The story today is that the runner held up on her own--but I can't imagine that anyone would do that if they were being waved around as they should have been by the third-base coach. He should have been emphatically waving her home from the moment the ball hit the bat. Even if you think there is a chance of the runner being thrown out, you have to try and score that runner--it is a cardinal rule! You make the opponent throw her out--and they wouldn't have. That was the go-ahead run. Stupid baseball--just a game that UT blew. And the home-plate umpire cost UT a run as well with a terrible decision on a run scoring before an out was made. He was wrong. 

This is a very good team but they'll have to keep scoring a lot of runs. Leach, in my view, is the best leadoff hitter in the country. She should have been All SEC last year. Her OBP this year is close to .600. Had 5 plate appearances yesterday--might have been six--and was on base via hits or walks every time. 



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Weekly's are the most overrated coaches in softball.
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Weekly's are the most overrated coaches in softball.


Yeah, Hall of Fame coaches are overrated and are 30-3 on the season...yep overrated they're....go away troll
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The Weeklys are great but this series has been a disaster with what seemed two sure victories turning into last-inning defeats. Ralph's decisions certainly haven't panned out with respect to the pitchers: He left Arnold in too long yesterday and then pulled Moss too soon today. Moss was supposedly not feeling well yesterday and didn't pitch in a game where she was needed. The normally rock-solid Arnold has blown multi-run leads late in back-to-back games. The team needs to score runs as the pitching is shaky. 

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Karen, good.....Ralph, not so much. Needs to take a more consultant type role and bring in a pure pitching coach. Marty is a good coach, in general. Some recruiting decisions will have you shaking your head. 
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Guess they are not in Hawaii anymore.
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Yeah, Hall of Fame coaches are overrated and are 30-3 on the season...yep overrated they're....go away troll


GFY homer. HoF coaches hehehe yes indeed.

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Yea, Ralph is a very good coach, has done an excellent job for UT, along with Karen, but he's getting old and, seemingly, a bit stubborn. I had to laugh when I saw the starting lineups against bama. I knew that Ralph was going to start Bearden again after she got that game-winning home run against Lsu (yes?). I mean, I think that was her third hit of the year, and first home run, but Ralph seems determined to play her as much as possible despite the fact that she's the worst hitter on the team. Morgan hasn't been all that good, for sure--but she's a better hitter than Bearden, and yet Bearden started both games against bama and I don't think got a hit (though she did walk once and get hit by a pitch). I saw that we had yet another base-running blunder in game 2 when Ayala failed to score from second base on a base hit by Gregg that should easily have plated her had she kept running. Instead, she stopped at 3rd. That is /at least/ the third time in recent weeks that a runner has needlessly stopped at 3rd base. I have to think that Ralph is not being decisive and demonstrative enough sometimes when waving players home. He should be moving down the line and making sure that the runner sees and hears him. 

Team got two huge wins against bama on Saturday--excellent pitching in both games and strong performance by the hitters in game 2. It would be great to win this last game as well. Let's see if Ralph starts Bearden again--it would be loony if he does. 

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