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DJPort2008

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Better a gauntlet than a cakewalk, I suppose. Some teams will barely have to break a sweat.


It's just kind of interesting that I've seen UW get an 'easier' regional when they had a higher # seed than the one they're getting this season at #5.
Kurosawa

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I'm searching Oregon's State's season, searching searching what they've done that would suggest that the Oregon State team that won 3 games in 25 tries vs top 25 teams will become the first team in history to win a regional over Bama. Not finding a reason to that.

On the other hand, Wisconsin over Oregon State looks very possible. 


Wins over #1 Oregon and #7 Arizona State, plus #26 Oklahoma State (2), #23 Missouri. Played LSU very close (2-3, 0-1).


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Washington got a tougher regional than I thought they would get.  I certainly wasn't expecting a cakewalk, but...

Also, Alabama for a potential SR, that's lovely huh?


The regional is not too bad. I expected BSU and MN (given MI is so close to KY). TX is a bit of a surprise. AL can be tough. We have to hope that Osorio has some of her "struggle bus" outings.
DJPort2008

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Something that's annoying for me is the UW game is at 8:30PM.  I wish it was earlier.
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The regional is not too bad. I expected BSU and MN (given MI is so close to KY). TX is a bit of a surprise. AL can be tough. We have to hope that Osorio has some of her "struggle bus" outings.




You guys came to Tuscaloosa last year and whipped us twice, and this year we came to your place and you whipped us twice again. Nothing  to worry about for Washington.  
Montana_Wa

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Brooke Bolinger from Texas is a lefty. Do either of the other teams have strong left pitching?
cjs4585

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Broadus from Boise is a lefty. I haven't seen her, don't know if she's any good. MN will likely pitch Fiser. We could possibly see Sydney Smith. They are both righties. If we and AL get to supers, Preston is a lefty, bit if we get to her that's probably good news.
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Broadus from Boise is a lefty. I haven't seen her, don't know if she's any good. MN will likely pitch Fiser. We could possibly see Sydney Smith. They are both righties. If we and AL get to supers, Preston is a lefty, bit if we get to her that's probably good news.


Preston was far more effective than AO when they came to town earlier this season. I know UW played Boise in fall ball, not sure who pitched.
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I guess Preston was more effective than Osorio but she still gave up a HR in 1.2 IP for a 5.83 ERA. Either way, in a hypothetical SR I don't think they would start Preston against WA so if they see her it will be because the starter is having problems.
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The Seattle Regional is shaping up to be very interesting. The weather looks like it will Cincooperate, maybe even warm enough on Friday night to eschew the usual blankets and rain ponchos. Boise State has a long history with the Huskies. When they first started a few years ago BSU went to fall ball in Yakima/Selah with the Huskies. And the current head coach, Cindy Ball, apprenticed with the Dawgs for a couple of years before going to BSU. They have a high BA (best in the nation?, so they'll be ready.

Minnesota and the Huskies have history, too. We played them in Las Vegas a couple of times, and last year they came to Seattle, where we took 2 from them in preseason. I watched them last weekend in the Big 10 tournament, and their hitting seems legit- especially Lindaman. The only way to beat her is to walk her. Their pitching can be a little suspect, but it was hard to tell at times because of the weather and the weather delays. Even with a new coach, they have learned from last season.

Texas is the team we have played most recently. As I recall, weather was a big factor then, too, although we did win 2-1. They are in a power 5 conference, and they've face Oklahoma's pitching, so they will be an interesting opponent, too.

Not looking at the RPI,OBS,ERA, etc., I am glad to be able to watch at least 2 more games this year. I believe they can win the regional, and that they should. Here's hoping that Alvelo pitches, and if not, Plain continues playing well.

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Texas vs UW:

Paige von Sprecken: 6.0ip, 7h, 2r/2er, 0bb, 4so, 1dbl, 4tpl
Brooke Bollinger: 1.0ip, 0h, 0r, 0bb, 1so

Alvelo: 7.0ip, 6h, 1r/1er, 2bb, 10so, 1dbl, 3tpl

DJPort2008

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Do you think Coach Tarr will start Plain on Friday and try to save Alvelo for the tougher game Saturday (against either MN or TX)?
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Do you think Coach Tarr will start Plain on Friday and try to save Alvelo for the tougher game Saturday (against either MN or TX)?


My guess is yes, Plain will start against BSU and we won't see TA in that game unless Gabbie struggles.
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To add something to what Trund was saying earlier (not that I wholly agree with him) but just to play 'devil's advocate':

Though UW got #5 this season and #6 last season, is there anyone here who feels better about our chances this post-season than last season at this time?
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Utah felt like SUCH a sitting-duck Supers foe, and Aguilar, Stangel and Flores.... no way this year feels like a better opportunity, is there?
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Utah felt like SUCH a sitting-duck Supers foe, and Aguilar, Stangel and Flores.... no way this year feels like a better opportunity, is there?


At the beginning of this season I was thinking the offense would take a step back with graduations from the previous season and Flores' injury.  

However, right before the UCLA+Oregon series (I think UW was 41-2 at that point) I was thinking that maybe with Alvelo being a year more experienced and Plain being great that the pitching would take 1 and 1/2 steps forward.  In other words, the improved pitching-less hitting could possibly still result in a net better team.  I was hopeful for WCWS chances.

Now, I still think they can get to the WCWS, but compared to last season at this time I don't know if I can say this team has as much chance to win it all.  Impossible?  Definitely not, but the hitting will have to be a lot better.
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And the pitching needs to return to the early season form, such as Alvelo vs Arizona:

15.0ip, 3h, 1r/1er, 2bb, 22so

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I've been (rightly, of course) scolded for this opinion, but I truly think that UW will be better next year. We do lose some senior position players, but we get back our best hitter (Bates) and last year's most clutch hitter (Flores), along with several others who proved they could play well in the Pac-12. All we need (like most other top programs) is for one or two frosh to step up and support the upper classwomen, and our hitting will be at least equal to these last 2 years. And, unless something is truly wrong with Alvelo, she - and certainly Plain - should improve next year. That improved pitching (fingers crossed), along with at least equal hitting, should result in a better team by year's end. I don't know about next year's pre-conference schedule, but I yearn for a repeat of 2017's difficult gantlet of teams, as opposed to this year's easy pickings. Of course, the Pac-12, with every great pitcher returning, will prove a real crucible for any team, but with better pitching (did I mention serious good luck hoped for?), this team will be ready, moreso than I sense this year's is. 
Kurosawa

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Regionals:

Van Zee: 4-8 (.500), 3r, 4rbi, 1dbl, 4bb, 1sb

Bates: 4-9 (.444), 3r, 1rbi, 1dbl, 1sb

DePonte: 4-9 (.444), 1r, 4rbi, 2dbl, 1bb

Thomas: 2-10 (.200), 3rbi, 1dbl, 2bb

Helm: 1-8 (.125), 2rbi, 3bb

Hee: 0-6 (.000), 1bb, 1hbp

Atlee: 1-5 (.200), 3r, 1bb, 1hbp, 1sb

Melhart: 3-7 (.429), 1r

Burdick: 1-6 (.167), 2r, 1rbi, 2bb, 1sb

PH:

Milloy: 1-2 (.500), 1r
Kaupe: 0-1 (.000)
Gibson: 0-1 (.000)

Top Four: 14-36 (.389), 7r, 12rbi, 5dbl, 7bb, 2sb

Bottom Five: 6-32 (.192), 4r, 2rbi, 4bb, 2hbp, 2sb / Without Melhart: 3-25 (.012)

Tarr might consider moving flopping Melhart and Burdick in the batting order, moving DePonte to DP, and inserting Milloy in LF.



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Tarr might consider moving flopping Melhart and Burdick in the batting order, moving DePonte to DP, and inserting Milloy in LF.





I have a different take. I think Tarr should consider leaving well enough alone. The times she's made a change usually do not work out. Moved Burdick up to leadoff and she went hitless, for example. Tarr is trying to talk up her players to believe in themselves and get back to where they were hitting. You can't do this if you are constantly tinkering with the lineup. Having said that, I don't know how much longer she can carry Hee, especially when Milloy  is hitting well. Milloy might be a fielder with better range, but DePonte has tremendous knowledge of left field.


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I have a different take. I think Tarr should consider leaving well enough alone. The times she's made a change usually do not work out. Moved Burdick up to leadoff and she went hitless, for example. Tarr is trying to talk up her players to believe in themselves and get back to where they were hitting. You can't do this if you are constantly tinkering with the lineup. Having said that, I don't know how much longer she can carry Hee, especially when Milloy  is hitting well. Milloy might be a fielder with better range, but DePonte has tremendous knowledge of left field.



Putting Milloy in LF is one way of getting Milloy in the lineup, without taking out Melhart, who is getting on base. It also gets another rabbit potentially on the basepaths. We're going to have to eke out wins against Bama. Milloy was 2-3, with an RBI, against Alabama. Hee was 0-1. DePonte was DP last year, so is used to it.

Flipping Melhart and Burdick puts the hotter hitter, right now, closer to the boppers at the top of the order.

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I absolutely agree. Milloy has hit well during the Pac-12, which can't said for everyone in the starting line-up. 
And, she's very quick. Plus, she'll need to be a leader next year. Showing trust in her now will pay off then, in addition to adding hitting and speed right now. 
DJPort2008

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Since some have said we had help in this regard, has Tarr bought off the umps for the WCWS yet like she did for the Alabama games?
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UW Regionals/Super Regionals (team leader):

Van Zee: 8-15 (.533), 5r, 8rbi, 1hr, 4dbl, 6bb, 1sb

Melhart: 6-14 (.429), 1r, 2bb

Bates: 6-16 (.375), 4r, 3rbi, 1dbl, 1bb, 1sb

DePonte: 5-15 (.333), 1r, 4rbi, 3dbl, 2bb

Burdick: 4-13 (.308), 3r, 2rbi, 3bb, 3sb

Thomas: 5-18 (.278), 5rbi, 1dbl, 2bb

Milloy: 1-4 (.250), 1r

Hee: 2-10 (.200), 2r, 1bb, 1hr, 1hbp

Atlee: 3-11 (.273), 5r, 2bb, 1hbp, 1sb

Helm: 1-16 (.065), 2rbi, 3bb

Kaupe: 0-3 (.000), 1bb

Gibson: 0-1 (.000)


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Bates: 1st Team AA
Alvelo: 2nd Team AA
Plain: 3rd Team AA

Van Zee: snubbed.

VZ clearly UW's best player this season: .376 (2nd), 49 runs (2nd), 70 hits (2nd), 20 doubles (1st), 9 home runs (3rd), 40 rbi (2nd), .640 slg% (2nd), 30 walks (1st), 9 strikeouts (1st), .473 OB% (2nd), 1.113 OBS (1st).

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Van Zee: .376, 49 runs, 70 hits, 20 doubles, 9 home runs, 40 rbi, .640 slg%, 30 walks, 9 strikeouts, .473 OB%, 1.113 OBS, 2 errors/.986 fld%.

Lilley: .367, 50 runs, 66 hits, 14 doubles, 5 home runs, 41 rbi, .412 slg%, 35 walks, 15 strikeouts, .484 OB%, .996 OBS, 6 errors/.966 fld%.

Just saying...
Montana_Wa

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And here I was hoping we were done facing the lefty pitching. FSU is swinging the bat well. Should be an interesting series. Go Huskies!!
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WOW Washington sucks. 3 runs top of the first with your ACE in the circle and she can't even get out of the first inning with out giving up runs. Another year with out NCAA title for the PAC 12.
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WOW Washington sucks. 3 runs top of the first with your ACE in the circle and she can't even get out of the first inning with out giving up runs. Another year with out NCAA title for the PAC 12.


And i'm sure you are like 300 times better than Taran Alvelo, huh?
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And i'm sure you are like 300 times better than Taran Alvelo, huh?
no need to be.
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