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scrybe

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With the transfers and freshmen coming to Waco next season, the Bears are mounting a serious challenge to OU's string of consecutive Big 12 titles, which I believe now stands at six. Of course, one should also consider the quality of the recruits/transfers the Sooners are bringing to Norman.

At any rate, the battle for superiority in the Big 12 will potentially be the most interesting in years.
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With the transfers and freshmen coming to Waco next season, the Bears are mounting a serious challenge to OU's string of consecutive Big 12 titles, which I believe now stands at six. Of course, one should also consider the quality of the recruits/transfers the Sooners are bringing to Norman.

At any rate, the battle for superiority in the Big 12 will potentially be the most interesting in years.

The thing that worries me about Baylor as they try to knock off OU from the top is pitching. Oklahoma has a loaded pitching staff which is only going to be better this next season. Without a star pitcher on the staff it'll be hard for Baylor to restrain OU's heavy hitting lineup.
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The thing that worries me about Baylor as they try to knock off OU from the top is pitching. Oklahoma has a loaded pitching staff which is only going to be better this next season. Without a star pitcher on the staff it'll be hard for Baylor to restrain OU's heavy hitting lineup.

Agreed. They will need some big time development to deal with all of OU's firepower.

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The thing that worries me about Baylor as they try to knock off OU from the top is pitching. Oklahoma has a loaded pitching staff which is only going to be better this next season. Without a star pitcher on the staff it'll be hard for Baylor to restrain OU's heavy hitting lineup.


OU's pitching next year is still strongest duo in college softball. Once the Paige's graduate, you'll see a different look. Lombardi does amazing things with her pitchers. Loves those lefties. Heavy on pitching staff, not sure any incoming / transfer will see the light of day. Recent transfer from Missouri would've seen more innings elsewhere. Trading bench for a ring.
Pitching can keep you in a game, bats win it.
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Congrats to Erica Ayers on Asst coach to Jacksonville - Her and Jen Steele will make a good team.
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OU's pitching next year is still strongest duo in college softball. Once the Paige's graduate, you'll see a different look. Lombardi does amazing things with her pitchers. Loves those lefties. Heavy on pitching staff, not sure any incoming / transfer will see the light of day. Recent transfer from Missouri would've seen more innings elsewhere. Trading bench for a ring. Pitching can keep you in a game, bats win it.
Yes, obviously you have to score at least one run to win a game ... but pitching wins games


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Yes, obviously you have to score at least one run to win a game ... but pitching wins games




I'll say you have to score at least two runs majority of the time. not very many sub 1.00 ERA's out there. [smile]
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OU's pitching next year is still strongest duo in college softball. Once the Paige's graduate, you'll see a different look. Lombardi does amazing things with her pitchers. Loves those lefties. Heavy on pitching staff, not sure any incoming / transfer will see the light of day. Recent transfer from Missouri would've seen more innings elsewhere. Trading bench for a ring. Pitching can keep you in a game, bats win it.


You may wind up being surprised by Parker Conrad's contributions in 2018. Conrad would have never landed in Norman had Patty or Melyssa (or both) not seen potential and believed they could help her become a better pitcher. I'm told Conrad's pitches can reach 70 mph, which means Lombardi's challenge is to improve her control and command to a level she wants/expects from her pitchers.

Who knows if the Sooners will wind up with another Paige Lowary? But I feel certain that Conrad, if healthy, will be a better, more effective pitcher next year at OU than she ever was it Missouri.
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I'm sure Conrad's upside is just as high now as when she was a freshman...then she ran head first into the SEC. I'm sure she's healthy having not thrown many innings in 18 months. Problem is, she's pretty much in the exact same situation now in OK. How many innings you suppose she'll get behind Parker & Lowery? Unless there is an injury, she will be a distant #3. Sure, she may get some early season scrub innings but, does anybody believe Gasso will go to a 3 pitcher rotation?? And what if Conrad looks the same as when she was @ MZ? Realistically, she will sit most of the 2018 season with no significant innings until 2019. Ye she can throw hard but throwing hard usually translates into batting practice...which is what she threw at MZ. If they get her throwing a more manageable 63-65 with movement, she will be more effective. Now if she threw Lowery velocity, all bets are off.
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Someone.... Lopez or Conrad... will be getting zero innings

Now, the two will be in the mix in 2019 with Vestal

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You're most likely right that Conrad would not be better than No. 3 on OU's staff. But it's entirely possible a No. 3 could get some meaningful innings on this, the top staff in the country. Patty wants Lowary to be a closer, and that was her role from the time conference play started until the WCWS.

If the closer role continues to work out, there is room for a second starter. Personally, I tend to believe it would be Mariah Lopez, who had an outstanding freshman season (18 wins, I believe). But Patty has proven time and again that she will play/pitch whoever earns her trust and confidence. Every player on the Sooner roster has to earn a starting spot every season.
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I'm sure Conrad's upside is just as high now as when she was a freshman...then she ran head first into the SEC. I'm sure she's healthy having not thrown many innings in 18 months. Problem is, she's pretty much in the exact same situation now in OK. How many innings you suppose she'll get behind Parker & Lowery? Unless there is an injury, she will be a distant #3. Sure, she may get some early season scrub innings but, does anybody believe Gasso will go to a 3 pitcher rotation?? And what if Conrad looks the same as when she was @ MZ? Realistically, she will sit most of the 2018 season with no significant innings until 2019. Ye she can throw hard but throwing hard usually translates into batting practice...which is what she threw at MZ. If they get her throwing a more manageable 63-65 with movement, she will be more effective. Now if she threw Lowery velocity, all bets are off.


Running head first into the SEC is a little misleading.

I don't think it takes actually knowing the situation to realize that Parker wasn't just left on the bench because she couldn't pitch.  Mizzou didn't have enough options to play that card.
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South Carolina

Tiarra Duffy        lf
Kennedy Clark    rf
Mackenzie Boesel  2b
Alyssa Vanderveer  c
Alyssa Kumiyama   1b (Kumiyama is a freshman coming off ACL surgery about a month ago . If she           can't go , I'll plug another freshman , Jana Johns , in this position . )
Cayla Drotar          dp
Krystan White        3b
Kenzie Maguire       ss
Morgan Davis         cf (freshman)

Kelsey Oh              p (freshman)



Here's my best guess.
1. Tiara Duffy RF-SR
2. Mack Boesel LF-SO
3. Krystan White 2nd-SR
4. Alyssa Vanderveer C-SR
5. Jana Johns 3b-FR
6. Kenzie McGuire SS-So
7. Alyssa Kumiamya 1B-FR
8, Cayla Drotar DP-SO
9. Kamryn Watts CF-SR

Pitchers
Dixie Railey -JR
Cayla Drotar -SO
Kelsey Oh - F
Victoria Galavan -F
Hayley Copeland -SR
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Here's my best guess. 
1. Tiara Duffy RF-SR 
2. Mack Boesel LF-SO 
3. Krystan White 2nd-SR 
4. Alyssa Vanderveer C-SR 
5. Jana Johns 3b-FR 
6. Kenzie McGuire SS-So 
7. Alyssa Kumiamya 1B-FR 
8, Cayla Drotar DP-SO 
9. Kamryn Watts CF-SR 

Pitchers 
Dixie Railey -JR 
Cayla Drotar -SO 
Kelsey Oh - F 
Victoria Galavan -F 
Hayley Copeland -SR 


I actually like your lineup better than mine if (1) Kumiyama is healthy enough to play first from the start of the season and (2) Boesel is ok with moving to leftfield . Boesel is the leading returning hitter and I don't want to mess with her too much . Her errors were a little high for the right side of the infield , but she was a freshman after all . 
Also , you only have two freshmen in your starting nine , so you'll have to pick a freshman pitcher to start a big game in order to meet the OP's criteria .  He said " 3rd game of a SR " . I would have probably just said " opening day lineup " . Kamryn Watts may very well be the opening day cf , but can she hit enough to hold on to it ? Maybe with Nicki Blue gone they won't water the field down so much . That certainly doesn't help a slapper . 

Ps - Since you follow the team , what have you heard about Assistant coach Calvin Beamon . Is he gone for good or returning ?
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I actually like your lineup better than mine if (1) Kumiyama is healthy enough to play first from the start of the season and (2) Boesel is ok with moving to leftfield . Boesel is the leading returning hitter and I don't want to mess with her too much . Her errors were a little high for the right side of the infield , but she was a freshman after all . 
Also , you only have two freshmen in your starting nine , so you'll have to pick a freshman pitcher to start a big game in order to meet the OP's criteria .  He said " 3rd game of a SR " . I would have probably just said " opening day lineup " . Kamryn Watts may very well be the opening day cf , but can she hit enough to hold on to it ? Maybe with Nicki Blue gone they won't water the field down so much . That certainly doesn't help a slapper . 

Ps - Since you follow the team , what have you heard about Assistant coach Calvin Beamon . Is he gone for good or returning ?

Thanks I missed the requirements. I would put Kelsey Oh as the pitcher. As far as Calvin I'm not sure if he is coming back or not. I know he hasn't been out recruiting.
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Running head first into the SEC is a little misleading.

I don't think it takes actually knowing the situation to realize that Parker wasn't just left on the bench because she couldn't pitch.  Mizzou didn't have enough options to play that card.


Jayrot, I might be out of the loop on what went down her freshman year. She was an above avg recruit coming out of high school but hit the same fork in the road alot of stud recruits hit when they get to college...at least that was my perception. 
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Jayrot, I might be out of the loop on what went down her freshman year. She was an above avg recruit coming out of high school but hit the same fork in the road alot of stud recruits hit when they get to college...at least that was my perception. 


I guess I'm just one who will wait to judge until she has a year where she's not injured the majority of the year. Not saying she'll turn out great, but anyone making a decision based on that year is a little off.
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I guess I'm just one who will wait to judge until she has a year where she's not injured the majority of the year. Not saying she'll turn out great, but anyone making a decision based on that year is a little off.


Fair point. Was unaware her injury was of any substance. Thanks for clarification.
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Fair point. Was unaware her injury was of any substance. Thanks for clarification.


I'll just say I'm shocked it wasn't a redshirt year.
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