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Southie

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Since Oregon and OU fans can't stop their bickering about Lombardi on the Texas Longhorns thread, I think it's time to start a new thread to focus on our Longhorns' softball program under the direction of Coach Mike White.

The other thread is for those of you who enjoy a pissing match; have at it. 
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Since Oregon and OU fans can't stop their bickering about Lombardi on the Texas Longhorns thread, I think it's time to start a new thread to focus on our Longhorns' softball program under the direction of Coach Mike White.

The other thread is for those of you who enjoy a pissing match; have at it. 


C'mon, Southie. You know you can't talk Longhorn softball without at least a mention of OU!
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Since Oregon and OU fans can't stop their bickering about Lombardi on the Texas Longhorns thread, I think it's time to start a new thread to focus on our Longhorns' softball program under the direction of Coach Mike White.

The other thread is for those of you who enjoy a pissing match; have at it. 

I’m excited for the season. Mike white will turn this team around IF they hit the ball. Big Texas fan but they won’t beat OU for the conference title. I think they’ll snag 2nd and per their non conference performance, they’ll snag number 11 and the number 6 seed will be pissed when regionals comes around because they will be tough.

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Anxious to see how the new transfers mesh with the existing roster; still gonna be a relatively young roster, but that sets up nicely for the next 2 to 3 seasons for sure.
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Roster still looks the same (other than the 4 Oregon transfers); so, not sure if there will be any current players leaving prior to the beginning of the Spring semester (around January 22, 2019).

https://texassports.com/roster.aspx?path=softball
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Roster still looks the same (other than the 4 Oregon transfers); so, not sure if there will be any current players leaving prior to the beginning of the Spring semester (around January 22, 2019).

https://texassports.com/roster.aspx?path=softball


Interesting point. No doubt there will be some disgruntled kids who felt entitled to a certain starting spot prior to the transfers. White will bring some intra-squad competition to the team that possibly has been missing in years past. 
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Texas has never had the "big bats" other programs seem to have year in and year out.  Yes, we've had the occasional elite hitter every now and again, but rarely more than one each season.  While I understand elite pitching is necessary to be a Top 10 program, really hoping we can generate substantially more offensive firepower than under Coach Clark.
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Texas has never had the "big bats" other programs seem to have year in and year out.  Yes, we've had the occasional elite hitter every now and again, but rarely more than one each season.  While I understand elite pitching is necessary to be a Top 10 program, really hoping we can generate substantially more offensive firepower than under Coach Clark.


Offense & injury will be just about the only 2 things minimizing Elish's role this season. While I expect her ERA to improve over her 1.42 lifetime number, her W/L record could suffer horribly if TX can't put up the runs to support her.

While she is certain to have an isolated bad outing, just don't see her self-imploding to any extent.
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The last time I recall Texas being competitive was when Luna was the pitcher, back around 2013.

I expect Elish to be successful at Texas.  She's fun to watch.  Needs offensive support, sure.  But I don't think defensive support can be overlooked in making a good pitcher great.  Seems like when two elite teams play each other, that is often a difference maker.  Not only making the routine plays, but making the tough plays that would be scored as hits had they not been made.  e.g., the grounder hit deep in the hole to short, the line drive to the outfield caught with a long stretch, leap, or dive.  The "perfectly-placed" bunt with the bare-hander throw from 3rd like we saw by FSU in the title game.

Oregon's defense was solid last year.  I don't have a sense of how Texas' D will be this year.


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The last time I recall Texas being competitive was when Luna was the pitcher, back around 2013.

I expect Elish to be successful at Texas.  She's fun to watch.  Needs offensive support, sure.  But I don't think defensive support can be overlooked in making a good pitcher great.  Seems like when two elite teams play each other, that is often a difference maker.  Not only making the routine plays, but making the tough plays that would be scored as hits had they not been made.  e.g., the grounder hit deep in the hole to short, the line drive to the outfield caught with a long stretch, leap, or dive.  The "perfectly-placed" bunt with the bare-hander throw from 3rd like we saw by FSU in the title game.

Oregon's defense was solid last year.  I don't have a sense of how Texas' D will be this year.


I can't speak to what TX defense will look like either but, I'll take for granted they can field & throw. And even make the sporadic Highlight play. 

And if they can't, well the upside is the TX pitching staff will still have low ERAs.
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IF Texas can’t find a bat a SS or 1B, say MK or Slack aren’t producing... Elish did hit .276 in 2017 with 16 RBIs🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️ Lol could be a possibility. They could just put them in the flex spot
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IF Texas can’t find a bat a SS or 1B, say MK or Slack aren’t producing... Elish did hit .276 in 2017 with 16 RBIs🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️ Lol could be a possibility. They could just put them in the flex spot
she has had a couple dings... he doesnt want her anywhere near running the bases
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Interesting point. No doubt there will be some disgruntled kids who felt entitled to a certain starting spot prior to the transfers. White will bring some intra-squad competition to the team that possibly has been missing in years past. 


There's an awful lot of talk about "entitlement" on this board.  I assume use of that term is tied to age of the user, but anyway... my main point here is that if a kid were to look at leaving in this kind of scenario, I don't think it would be because they felt they were "entitled" to a starting spot.  Rather, I think it would be that given the quality of kids that transferred in, they are no longer going to be competing for anything other than a bench spot, and they'd like the opportunity to compete for more than a couple dozen ABs during the season. 

This isn't like a situation where a coach brings in some D2 or JUCO or P5 bench players to create competition with the existing players, and the best player starts.  These are transfer players who will be starting for UT.  If not, it would be because one of those players failed to perform during the next month to the point where the coach started someone else as a "wake up call."  These are not "competition" transfers, they are starters. 

So yeah, if my kid went through this year and it played out as you would expect, I'd have no problem with her wanting to transfer to a program where she had a real opportunity to compete for more playing time.  The timing doesn't work anyway, but I definitely would have an issue if she wanted to leave before the season even started, though.  But after the season?  She's got a couple years left in her career.  If she wants to spend them playing and not cheering from the dugout, I've got no issue with that.  That's not entitlement, that's just wanting to make the most of what's left in her career.
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There's an awful lot of talk about "entitlement" on this board.  I assume use of that term is tied to age of the user, but anyway... my main point here is that if a kid were to look at leaving in this kind of scenario, I don't think it would be because they felt they were "entitled" to a starting spot.  Rather, I think it would be that given the quality of kids that transferred in, they are no longer going to be competing for anything other than a bench spot, and they'd like the opportunity to compete for more than a couple dozen ABs during the season. 

This isn't like a situation where a coach brings in some D2 or JUCO or P5 bench players to create competition with the existing players, and the best player starts.  These are transfer players who will be starting for UT.  If not, it would be because one of those players failed to perform during the next month to the point where the coach started someone else as a "wake up call."  These are not "competition" transfers, they are starters. 

So yeah, if my kid went through this year and it played out as you would expect, I'd have no problem with her wanting to transfer to a program where she had a real opportunity to compete for more playing time.  The timing doesn't work anyway, but I definitely would have an issue if she wanted to leave before the season even started, though.  But after the season?  She's got a couple years left in her career.  If she wants to spend them playing and not cheering from the dugout, I've got no issue with that.  That's not entitlement, that's just wanting to make the most of what's left in her career.


Maybe I'm not interpreting your post in the correct context. I wasn't insuating any players may transfer and, I share your position regarding your daughter/transferring.  There have been a few posts from TX faithful stating the OR transfers will have to earn/take a starting spot from some current kids for no other reason than they have roster tenure. And I do believe some kids will feel slighted when/if they are moved aside, it's only natural for competitive athletes. I can assure you with the departure of the Head Coach, at least a few players/parents felt as if their "time" had finally come and, more playing time was due. Again, understandable. 

I also got some flak when I stated there was now a new culture @ Texas and, the current program would do more to conform than the other way around. Considering the former culture was allowed to move into 'hospice' & die, I think many are super excited to see what White can do. 

And not sure what you meant about age & use of "entitltlement"?  At any rate, good post.
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It's a hostile take over!!!!  You know people carry firearms here in Texas.  Just saying 😃
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Well the problem with longhorn softball was a dearth of firearms last year and beforehand
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Well the problem with longhorn softball was a dearth of firearms last year and beforehand
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The last time I recall Texas being competitive was when Luna was the pitcher, back around 2013.

I expect Elish to be successful at Texas.  She's fun to watch.  Needs offensive support, sure.  But I don't think defensive support can be overlooked in making a good pitcher great.  Seems like when two elite teams play each other, that is often a difference maker.  Not only making the routine plays, but making the tough plays that would be scored as hits had they not been made.  e.g., the grounder hit deep in the hole to short, the line drive to the outfield caught with a long stretch, leap, or dive.  The "perfectly-placed" bunt with the bare-hander throw from 3rd like we saw by FSU in the title game.

Oregon's defense was solid last year.  I don't have a sense of how Texas' D will be this year.


Saw this blurb in a TexasSports.com preview going into the regional in Seattle last May:

The Longhorns defense has been strong all season long. Despite typically starting nothing but freshmen and sophomores at all four infield spots, behind the plate and in left field, Texas rates 17th in all of NCAA Division I in fielding percentage at .975 (currently third in UT history). The single-season school record is .980 set back in 2011.
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Probably not a huge deal, but the 2019 roster lists Ellsworth as "C/UTL", and Iakopo as just "C".
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As stated
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https://goducks.com/news/2019/1/7/softball-lombardi-adds-standout-catcher-to-roster.aspx
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I think the team will have a good year and it will only improve from there. I’m excited to see how their season goes this year!
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Macy Smith, an infield JJUCO transfer from Seminole State College was on the 2018 Fall roster, and pretty sure she was on the 2019 Spring roster last week, is no longer listed.

EDIT:  Guess I missed the January 9 blurb the Austin newspaper:

Junior infielder Macy Smith, who transferred to Texas from Seminole State College, has left the softball team. The rest of the Longhorns who participated in fall ball and a quartet of Oregon transfers are all expected to be accounted for when the players report on Sunday.
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Macy Smith, an infield JJUCO transfer from Seminole State College was on the 2018 Fall roster, and pretty sure she was on the 2019 Spring roster last week, is no longer listed.

EDIT:  Guess I missed the January 9 blurb the Austin newspaper:

Junior infielder Macy Smith, who transferred to Texas from Seminole State College, has left the softball team. The rest of the Longhorns who participated in fall ball and a quartet of Oregon transfers are all expected to be accounted for when the players report on Sunday.


So where’d she go?
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So where’d she go?

Probably in the transfer portal . . .
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Probably in the transfer portal . . .


https://texassports.com/roster.aspx?roster=307&path=softball

She's listed on this link... unless it's an old one.
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The last time I recall Texas being competitive was when Luna was the pitcher, back around 2013.

I expect Elish to be successful at Texas.  She's fun to watch.  Needs offensive support, sure.  But I don't think defensive support can be overlooked in making a good pitcher great.  Seems like when two elite teams play each other, that is often a difference maker.  Not only making the routine plays, but making the tough plays that would be scored as hits had they not been made.  e.g., the grounder hit deep in the hole to short, the line drive to the outfield caught with a long stretch, leap, or dive.  The "perfectly-placed" bunt with the bare-hander throw from 3rd like we saw by FSU in the title game.

Oregon's defense was solid last year.  I don't have a sense of how Texas' D will be this year.



Oregon's defense was ranked 20th in the Nation but they loss SS DJ Sanders.
Texas defence was ranked 12th in the Nation last year and everyone is returning!!
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IF Texas can’t find a bat a SS or 1B, say MK or Slack aren’t producing... Elish did hit .276 in 2017 with 16 RBIs🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️ Lol could be a possibility. They could just put them in the flex spot


I totally agree!! Slack looks better though!!
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Oregon's defense was ranked 20th in the Nation but they loss SS DJ Sanders.


Can you decoder ring that one for me?
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