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Very entertaining but probably totally inappropriate.....
We all know how MR Crane thinks.....Or the ones in the know understand his thinking....or do we?

Oh whatever.  Once you guys started talking Danielle and Denny Crane, I couldn't get "Lawrie view" out of my head.

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HA HA HA HA HA

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I was hoping Washington would have been more convincing in its victories, but my impression is that Florida at this moment has better hitting (we already knew that) *and* slightly more solid pitching than UDub. 

I'm rootin purple tonight, but my odds on Udub winning this thing are about 20% right now.  I'll just have to root a little harder to help them overcome those odds.

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This is really too close to call... I truly believe this all comes down to how much Lawrie has left in the tank. Once the adrenaline wears off of playing for the National Championship and reality sets in, how much will she have left?

I am rooting for Florida and the SEC, but I wouldnt mind if UW won either. Both teams have been tremendous and its going to be a great series no matter what!

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Laffy, Lawrie was not convincing in the WINNERS bracket (first game yesterday) ... that is, well rested.  I don't see how being a little tired would be worse.  She might pitch better a little tired -- he wouldn't overthrow in that case.  Certainly didn't hurt TMO two years ago.


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Dealing with fatigue and the pressure now is alot of wear and tear. She has alot of heart but we've all seen it, her control isnt what it normally is. Some balls are hanging up more then normal, and its evidenced by the amount of runs and hits UGA was able to put up. Does she have enough energy and strength to put UW over the top against a very good and well rested Gator squad?

Your heart never dies, but your body does. Lawrie will give everything she has left, the only question is will it be enough? If Lawrie falters I dont see UW having any chance of beating the Gators.

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Dealing with fatigue and the pressure now is alot of wear and tear. She has alot of heart but we've all seen it, her control isnt what it normally is. Some balls are hanging up more then normal, and its evidenced by the amount of runs and hits UGA was able to put up. Does she have enough energy and strength to put UW over the top against a very good and well rested Gator squad?

Your heart never dies, but your body does. Lawrie will give everything she has left, the only question is will it be enough? If Lawrie falters I dont see UW having any chance of beating the Gators.

How about giving UGA some credit? That team has some hitters!


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Although I'm pulling for Washington, I am just hoping for a great series and will not be completely heartbroken if Florida wins. To me, the best thing about these 2 teams playing in the finals is that there will be a new national champion. With the way Lawrie has looked at times these last few games, I have an uneasy feeling that this could end up like the A&M/AZ St match up we saw last year after Megan Gibson ran out of gas against a very good offense (and a great pitcher in KB). 

Nelson can probably get away with not pitching her A game...I'm not so sure about Lawrie. Hopefully these Washington hitters will be able to take advantage of any opportunities that they are given. If both pitcher's are on, my DVR will run out of recording space.

Oh and please, no more errors!
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How about giving UGA some credit? That team has some hitters!

They were terriffic no doubt, they took advantage of every good pitch they saw, however I'd bet there were quite a few pitches Lawrie threw that UGA hit that Lawrie couldnt control the way she would have had she been rested.

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Lawrie looks really on right now. Great sign for UW!


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Right now, both pitchers are looking sharp.  It'll be a battle.

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Hey guys.  Life has gotten in the way of me being able to be on here a lot.  All I've got to say is GO HUSKIES!  It's my birthday today, and the best gift I could get would be a W for the Dawgs.  It's looking great so far!

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Lawrie is on fire. She's at a whole different level right now.


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Night night UF! Wouldn't have it any other way. I love watching hearts break in Gainesville! Keep the rout on UW! 


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Hey there Jason. Good timing. Go Huskies!


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I don't love seeing anyone's heart break. All I want is a fair and competitive game. So far, so good. UW is clearly the better team SO FAR. Things change, and this series still has room for two possible outcomes.

Play hard, and may the best team win!

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What Florida needs to do to win game 2: Less mental errors. The game was broken open by a bad decision to throw it down to 2nd. The Gators were clearly not the same team after that. They also need to find their small ball offense. I didnt think Lawrie was going to give up the homeruns UF has relied on, and the Gators need to generate an inside the park offense.

What Washington needs to do to win game 2: Backup Lawrie with their offense again. An early lead allowed Lawrie to have her pick of pitches and really keep the Florida offense off balance all night. They need to come out and finish off the Gators tomorrow. Get some runs early, and again allow Lawrie to pitch with the lead. Lawrie wont give up many runs, we'll call her performance against UGA a gaff. Let Lawrie know your have her back, and she wont let you down.

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No run rule. Blue looked a little silly just now...

I would never have thought there was ANYTHING that I knew about this game that the umps didn't. While I know that there is no run rule in the finals, my question - and I don't know: why is this so?

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No run rule. Blue looked a little silly just now...

Honestly, with Blue's performance at this WCWS, I wasnt surprised.

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An impressive win for Washington. This was a different kind of game than that which I was expecting. I was thinking a 1-0 or 2-1 game with the win coming late, maybe favoring UF...
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POY oh POY!

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After how many runs Georgia scored on Lawrie, I expected Florida to hit the ball much better than they did. I think this umpire had a much wider strike zone than what I have seen during post season play. Lawrie took more advantage of it than Brombacher or Nelson.

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Certainly not what I had expected - Lawrie looked to be back on her #1 game, and Nelson wasn't (2 days in a row?).

Think Fla. will need her to be where she spent most of her year - ON!

While I'd like to see a good game tomorrow, going to have to "go" with the PAC in series.
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If Ashley Charters doesn't make the USA national team......
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I was just sitting here trying to figure out why the POY would be really on most of the time, then all of a sudden mediocre.

And it hit me... Lawrie doesn't pitch well in hot weather!  She got pounded in Arizona in hot weather, then pounded by UGA in hot weather.  Today, she got a 7pm start time which is certainly a lot less hot than the first game yesterday.

This theory predicts Lawrie will pitch well for the rest of this series, whether that be one or two games (probably one per this theory)

then again, maybe it was just an off day that has nothing to do with heat!


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I think hot is relative since I could still see the sweat beading down Danielle's face during the game. It was still HOT in OKC. I think it was more Danielle being dialed in, but 85 instead of 105 can't hurt
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I was just sitting here trying to figure out why the POY would be really on most of the time, then all of a sudden mediocre.

And it hit me... Lawrie doesn't pitch well in hot weather!  She got pounded in Arizona in hot weather, then pounded by UGA in hot weather.  Today, she got a 7pm start time which is certainly a lot less hot than the first game yesterday.

This theory predicts Lawrie will pitch well for the rest of this series, whether that be one or two games (probably one per this theory)

then again, maybe it was just an off day that has nothing to do with heat!



This may, or may not be true.  Only she could answer that.  But, it is a good point.   She is a Northwest girl, she went to school literally minutes from where I did.  And Seattle doesn't typically get hot weather til July.  Though we did hit 90 today, right up by the Canadian border.  My brother and I were talking about the games yesterday, where the Huskies looked pretty warm, and the Georgia girls were barely breaking a sweat.  I could see that being a big advantage.

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Agree with many of the posts, this game was not what I expected.  The zone was wide to one side but not the other, consistently for both pitchers.  One thing I've seen Lawrie do several times this year is adjust to an umpire's funky zone and work with it.  That factor was huge in wins against Stanford and UCLA in Seattle. 

Huskies looked tired after the game, must have been playing on sheer adrenaline.  Hopefully with a good night's sleep, they'll be fresher tomorrow.  I'm positive it won't be the same kind of game and Florida will come prepared for a fight.

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I was just watching some ESPN replays and noticed how well Danielle was throwing the backdoor curve. The Florida players were bailing out of the box thinking they were going to get hit and the ball would go over the plate. Amazing pitch. I'm glad she has hidden it this season. This is a great time to break it out.

This team has really matured this seasons and will be tough tomorrow, as I'm sure Florida will be too.

GO DAWGS!
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