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Southie

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Assistant Coach Kerry Shaw has some interesting things to say in this podcast:

http://www.mentalsweetspot.com/episode36/
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https://www.hookem.com/story/defensive-versatility-could-put-texas-in-a-position-to-improve-on-offense/

Found several interesting things in this article:

Defensive versatility could put Texas’ Longhorns in a position to improve on offense

Posted January 21st, 2019



Following a practice that was open to the public on Monday afternoon, players and coaches from the Texas softball team were asked to speak to the fans and share a fun fact about themselves.

Sophomore infielder Janae Jefferson, for example, told those in attendance that she dislikes chocolate cake. Lauren Burke has a pet horse back home in Oregon and Tuesday DerMargosian proved that she can imitate a dolphin. Senior pitcher Brooke Bolinger announced that she got engaged over the holiday break.

Those tidbits, though, don’t have much to do with the product that Texas will put on the field. But sophomore MK Tedder came through with a relevant nugget of information. One season after she started 59 times at third base, Tedder introduced herself on Monday as an outfielder.

Defensive versatility, it appears, is a must for the Longhorns in Mike White’s first year at the head coach. Newcomer Shannon Rhodes described herself to UT’s fans as a utility player. Kaitlyn Washington identified first as a first baseman instead of an outfielder who earned all-conference honors in 2018.  Texas junior Kaitlyn Washington started 52 times in left field during the 2018 season.

Last year, Texas ranked 12th among the NCAA’s 296 Division I teams with its .976 fielding percentage. The Longhorns, however, also hit .268 (144th) and scored 3.46 runs per game (227th). White said upon his hire that UT’s offensive numbers had to improve, and he reiterated this week that he wants his best bats in the line-up. As junior Malory Schattle observed, “(Who plays) basically depends on who’s really hitting well that day.”

“I’ve already told them that I’m about offense,” said White, whose Oregon team scored 6.11 runs per game last year. “I want to have a good offense out there to start the game. Later in the game, we may go to more of a defensive-type line-up. But I want to get ahead.”

Versatile players will give White more options and flexibility as he attempts to stack his batting order. So, that explains why Washington may leave a crowded outfield while Schattle has transitioned from first base to third base. White said that Miranda Elish can possibly play first base when she isn’t pitching, and the team could experiment with catcher Mary Iakopo as an outfielder or corner infielder. Even Kaitlyn Slack, a shoo-in to be UT’s starting shortstop, was spotted practicing in the outfield.

“I think everyone’s having fun with it,” Schattle said. “They’re tying to figure out their perfect fit for the season. The coaches are really working with us well, wherever we end up.”

Texas returned 13 players from last year’s team, and the roster added five freshmen and four transfers from Oregon. White said he will use the non-conference portion of UT’s schedule — a six-week stretch of 32 games that begins with a home contest against Northwestern State on Feb. 8 — to figure out his line-up. Texas opens Big 12 play on March 22.

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And Texas still sucks!
Chester45

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Are they gonna penalize for upside down horn in softball too?
Southie

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I guess it's time for me to go visit the dormant Oklahoma thread.  You Sooner fans did it to yourself.
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It should cost you a RUN every time you do it. But don't worry, OU fans can do the OU hand sign anytime they want to celebrate and support OU. Oh, wait...there isn't one...I guess it's tough when you define yourself by the school you're not
Chester45

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We could spot you a run and be ok.
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I guess it's time for me to go visit the dormant Oklahoma thread.  You Sooner fans did it to yourself.


What did we do to ourself? Last time I checked we won 3 of the last 5 national championships. Our you hitting the southern comfort again? I noticed you are very popular on the board. Maybe you should stick to Pabst Blue Ribbon,
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We could spot you a run and be ok.

You might be OK, but you'd still be in Norman, Oklahoma
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You might be OK, but you'd still be in Norman, Oklahoma


Can't wait to see this game!! Longhorns are going to make the sooner fans on this thread east crow!!
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Texas might be able to beat Texas Tech this year....[rofl]
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Texas might be able to beat Texas Tech this year....[rofl]


See you in Austin!!
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There's no doubt that OU has been dominant the last several years at softball. The main reason for this was OU having an elite coach, while Texas' administration was fine with Texas keeping a middling coach. Connie's best group of recruits came in 2010 for the 2011-14 seasons. Since then, she let recruiting completely flounder which is disappointing. Now that we have an AD who wants to foster programs, and a staff who cares about recruiting and development, it's game on.
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Texas might be able to beat Texas Tech this year....[rofl]


But not Baylor or Oklahoma State.
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There's no doubt that OU has been dominant the last several years at softball. The main reason for this was OU having an elite coach, while Texas' administration was fine with Texas keeping a middling coach. Connie's best group of recruits came in 2010 for the 2011-14 seasons. Since then, she let recruiting completely flounder which is disappointing. Now that we have an AD who wants to foster programs, and a staff who cares about recruiting and development, it's game on.



Doubt it
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You might be OK, but you'd still be in Norman, Oklahoma



At least be original. Come on you can do better.
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At least be original. Come on you can do better.

The bar for originality is really low in Norman when the hand sign to celebrate your esteemed University is just the hand sign for Texas upside-down. No wonder OU has so many fans but so little creativity...just check the acceptance rate.
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There's no doubt that OU has been dominant the last several years at softball. The main reason for this was OU having an elite coach, while Texas' administration was fine with Texas keeping a middling coach. Connie's best group of recruits came in 2010 for the 2011-14 seasons. Since then, she let recruiting completely flounder which is disappointing. Now that we have an AD who wants to foster programs, and a staff who cares about recruiting and development, it's game on.


Absolutely!!
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Two more ex-Ducks in Austin or will it be three?

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Two more ex-Ducks in Austin or will it be three?



I would definitely be ok with 3!!
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I love the idea of reinventing players to play other positions.  Connie stuck them in one spot and they rarely moved.  We gave up some outfield hits that should have been played better.

The big question is whether this team can reduce the number of losses from the mid to high 20s to the mid to high teens.  I think so but the players will need to buy into the new system.  It is very hard to create chemistry.   
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I love the idea of reinventing players to play other positions.  Connie stuck them in one spot and they rarely moved.  We gave up some outfield hits that should have been played better.

The big question is whether this team can reduce the number of losses from the mid to high 20s to the mid to high teens.  I think so but the players will need to buy into the new system.  It is very hard to create chemistry.   


I don't think it's going to be as hard for this group as you think. I thought they were going to be better this year anyway, and with CW and the transfers, look for this team to go deeper in the postseason this year. Can't wait for February 8!! First pitch!!
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When they start with the cupcakes.
Southie

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The immediate future is bright, as is the long-term future of our program!  New energy, and so much more optimism than the last several years.
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https://texassports.com/news/2019/1/31/softball-rated-no-9-in-the-inaugural-softball-america-preseason-poll.aspx
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Congrats. This is a well respected publication.

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Congrats are in order if anyone thinks my longhorns are a top 10, but I have a few apprehensions about it. I bleed burnt but the last 4 year have been terrible. Yes, we’ve gone to a regional every year since the last WS team, but they have all been teams that had absolutely no chance of advancing. As much as we wanted them to, it was obvious we were overpowered. Usually 33 wins isn’t something to complain about in D1, but it is when you’re a Texas fan. MW will bring what we have lacked, PROMISE; but maybe not as soon as some people think. We only have 3 seniors this year; two of those will make key contributions(Hayter and Bolinger), but they are replaceable. I’ve Always been an advocate for Bolinger and know what she is truly capable of but when we lose her at #2 MW will have developed the current underclassmen enough to take her place; the intoroduction of an elite pitcher (presumably) Green next year will help. Also, not to mention if the rumors are true and we get Ballint. Next year is the year that Texas has a serious chance at going to the WS. There are NINE juniors on this team and they all will have serious roles, maybe with the exception of schlattle. When they are seniors(including the transfers) we will be elite; TX is no elite now. A ninth rank is absolutely rediculous for a team that wasn’t even RV last year( as much as I love it, it isn’t realistic). So sorry to say softball America is not the poll baseball America is. It’s very green and very inconsistent. You can’t do preseason polls that way. In this SA poll we see multiple teams that were successful last year but are obviously not as strong this year and still have a good ranking... all because of high finishes last year... so they have to put them in the top 25 like the other polls did with a now very weak OR and TA&M team. The last couple years TX barely made it to the regionals. MW and his transfers are an absolute godsend in Austin, and being ranked #9 here and #16 there may sound good; it’s all conjecture. We have to prove it. TX has all the talent to do that, but we will really find out in a week. Tennessee at 8 is annoying, but probably pretty accurate. (Why do we all hate TN so much? Who knows) Michigan at 10 I actually want to like but is not feasible until we see a strong second pitcher. I put MI around 15-18. Wichita state at 17 is unlikely; Liberty at 22 is laughable. I admire the talent and in my book they RV maybe, but that’s at BEST.... I like Houston, but ranked in a preseason is a little unrealistic until we see some real P5 quality potential. UH has a lot of talented players and could very well be an upset team come regionals, but not a preseason top team. UH is uptrending and were RV last year but I think being ranked preseason is a little gauche. Not sure if Baylor at 24 was after the announcement of walker’s injury, if so it’s accurate, if not they would have been top 18. Finally, Drake at 25...Haven’t followed them closely over the years but it’s not a team I would have included in my 25; RV, possibly, given that like 10 teams receive votes but idk if I would even put them in my top 35. We will see as the season goes on but if they qualify they will be a 4, maybe 3 if conference is strong enough, but will get shutout(wins) IMO. Oregon wasn’t included in this poll for obvious reasons. I put them at 24 before the last few transfers in this past week, now they are so far out in my book. Probably finish the season around 50 RPI and only because of scheduling.. If not worse. I really feel like them finishing ranked or even RV is impossible, but I do love a good comeback story. I always root for the underdog so I’m gonna keep them RV for now and hope they can surprise us all; OR’s opening day is against KU and they may be able to win with their new coach and additions. With OR only having two pitchers, both of which have historically underperforming careers it’s very unlikely. Sorry for the long post but I feel it’s aaccurate.
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Congrats are in order if anyone thinks my longhorns are a top 10, but I have a few apprehensions about it. I bleed burnt but the last 4 year have been terrible. Yes, we’ve gone to a regional every year since the last WS team, but they have all been teams that had absolutely no chance of advancing. As much as we wanted them to, it was obvious we were overpowered. Usually 33 wins isn’t something to complain about in D1, but it is when you’re a Texas fan. MW will bring what we have lacked, PROMISE; but maybe not as soon as some people think. We only have 3 seniors this year; two of those will make key contributions(Hayter and Bolinger), but they are replaceable. I’ve Always been an advocate for Bolinger and know what she is truly capable of but when we lose her at #2 MW will have developed the current underclassmen enough to take her place; the intoroduction of an elite pitcher (presumably) Green next year will help. Also, not to mention if the rumors are true and we get Ballint. Next year is the year that Texas has a serious chance at going to the WS. There are NINE juniors on this team and they all will have serious roles, maybe with the exception of schlattle. When they are seniors(including the transfers) we will be elite; TX is no elite now. A ninth rank is absolutely rediculous for a team that wasn’t even RV last year( as much as I love it, it isn’t realistic). So sorry to say softball America is not the poll baseball America is. It’s very green and very inconsistent. You can’t do preseason polls that way. In this SA poll we see multiple teams that were successful last year but are obviously not as strong this year and still have a good ranking... all because of high finishes last year... so they have to put them in the top 25 like the other polls did with a now very weak OR and TA&M team. The last couple years TX barely made it to the regionals. MW and his transfers are an absolute godsend in Austin, and being ranked #9 here and #16 there may sound good; it’s all conjecture. We have to prove it. TX has all the talent to do that, but we will really find out in a week. Tennessee at 8 is annoying, but probably pretty accurate. (Why do we all hate TN so much? Who knows) Michigan at 10 I actually want to like but is not feasible until we see a strong second pitcher. I put MI around 15-18. Wichita state at 17 is unlikely; Liberty at 22 is laughable. I admire the talent and in my book they RV maybe, but that’s at BEST.... I like Houston, but ranked in a preseason is a little unrealistic until we see some real P5 quality potential. UH has a lot of talented players and could very well be an upset team come regionals, but not a preseason top team. UH is uptrending and were RV last year but I think being ranked preseason is a little gauche. Not sure if Baylor at 24 was after the announcement of walker’s injury, if so it’s accurate, if not they would have been top 18. Finally, Drake at 25...Haven’t followed them closely over the years but it’s not a team I would have included in my 25; RV, possibly, given that like 10 teams receive votes but idk if I would even put them in my top 35. We will see as the season goes on but if they qualify they will be a 4, maybe 3 if conference is strong enough, but will get shutout(wins) IMO. Oregon wasn’t included in this poll for obvious reasons. I put them at 24 before the last few transfers in this past week, now they are so far out in my book. Probably finish the season around 50 RPI and only because of scheduling.. If not worse. I really feel like them finishing ranked or even RV is impossible, but I do love a good comeback story. I always root for the underdog so I’m gonna keep them RV for now and hope they can surprise us all; OR’s opening day is against KU and they may be able to win with their new coach and additions. With OR only having two pitchers, both of which have historically underperforming careers it’s very unlikely. Sorry for the long post but I feel it’s aaccurate.


Love the post. However, I have to disagree with you about Texas. To win 33 games last year with what they had last year was good in my opinion. The starters last year were all first time everyday starters with the exception of Ellsworth. Washington and Jefferson (The Presidents) are studds!! You and an improved Ellsworth, a 100% Hathaway, an improved Bollinger, and 4 decorated Oregon transfers, you have a very good team and one that is in the WCWS conversation. This new poll, unlike the others, have a lot of input from current P5 coaches. That, in itself, gives this poll credibility to me. As far as chemistry goes, baseball and softball are different from Basketball and football when you're running different plays every down or trip down the court. The only chemistry I would be concerned about is that between the pitcher and catcher. MW figured that one out with the addition of Iakapo for Elish. This team has 2 players on the USA Collegiate Player of the Year Watchlist (Elish and Jefferson). I can't remember the last time that has happened!! I could be wrong and time will definitely tell, but I have seen this team in practice and they are for real and going to shock a lot of people, including OU.
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So should OU just forfeit the season now? It sounds like the deck is just stacked to much. All those 2 time national champion seniors can just give up and finish out school. Texas maybe the first 3 peat champions in the history of the sport.
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