Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015 NFCA Preseason Top 25 Poll Out

Defending national champion Florida is ranked No. 1 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association preseason poll. The Gators received 20 first-place votes, more than double the number for No. 2 Oregon (8). All eight schools that played in last year's Women's College World Series are in the poll's Top 10: Florida, Oregon, Alabama (3), Oklahoma (4), Florida State (5), Kentucky (6),  Louisiana-Lafayette (9), and Baylor (10). The other two Top 10 slots are filled by UCLA (7) and Michigan (8).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pitcher Aucoin Transfers from Texas Tech to Tennessee

Here's an article about pitcher Gretchen Aucoin transferring from Texas Tech to Tennessee in the aftermath of the Red Raiders' coaching change. As the article notes, "Aucoin should be able to contribute immediately in Knoxville, as Tennessee’s top pitcher, Ellen Renfroe, graduated following last season."

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

2014 WCWS Game 2

Each team has scored a run in the first... Florida puts up four in the second, including a three-run homer by Kirsti Merritt, to go up 5-1... Bama scores one in the top of the third to make it 5-2 and is threatening in the top of the fourth (runners on second and third with no outs)... Florida escapes the top of the fourth unscathed, as Crimson Tide hitters go down on a weak pop-up, a strike-out, and (following a walk) a hard one-bounce liner to the second-baseperson (who bobbles the ball, but throws to first in time)...

Bama is down to its final at-bats in the top of the seventh, trailing Florida, 6-2... A diving catch in center by Merritt puts the Gators two outs away from the title... After a Haylie McCleney triple for the Tide, an Alabama fly out to shallow left marks the second out. Gators one out away from the title...

Kaila Hunt singles in McCleney, 6-3 Gators...

Grounder back to pitcher Hannah Rogers ends the game. Florida wins its first-ever NCAA softball title, the second by an SEC team (Alabama in 2012 was the first)...

Monday, June 02, 2014

2014 WCWS Game 1

Florida's Aubree Munro kicks off the scoring with a solo shot in the top of the third; Gators lead Alabama, 1-0... Gators increase their lead to 3-0 in the top of the fifth... Florida wins 5-0 to take a 1-0 series lead.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

2014 WCWS Sunday Observations

As seen in the chart below, we're down to four teams. Florida and Baylor (both in red) have been paired up for the day, as have Alabama and Oregon (both in green).

Florida currently leads Baylor 6-3 after five-and-one-half innings (and it could have been worse, as the Gators had the bases loaded with two outs, but didn't pad their lead). Should Florida hold on, the loss would be Baylor's second and the Bears would be eliminated. Florida would go straight to the two-out-of-three championship series, beginning tomorrow night... No more magic from Baylor, as the 6-3 score holds up.

It's a short day! Alabama shuts out Oregon, 2-0, to make the championship series and eliminate the Ducks.

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*Has advanced to the two-out-of-three championship series beginning Monday night.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

2014 WCWS Survival Saturday

All games today will eliminate someone, so I've got my handy chart ready below...

Barring a major rally, Florida State will be the first team to be eliminated, as the Seminoles trail Baylor 7-2 in the bottom (FSU) half of the sixth. The Seminoles get runners on first and second with no outs, but rally fizzles... The 7-2 score holds up and FSU is out...

Oklahoma leads Louisiana-Lafayette 2-0 after two complete innnings... Sooners survive ULL bases-loaded threat in top of the third... Oklahoma has now sent ULL home, the result of a 3-1 Sooner victory.

In one of the great comebacks in NCAA softball history, Baylor overcame a 7-0 deficit to oust Kentucky, 8-7, in eight innings. As seen in this box score, Baylor came up in the bottom of the sixth, trailing 7-0. However, three runs in the sixth and four in the seventh (three of the runs coming with two out) tied the game, and the Bears scored once in the eighth to win. A tough way for Kentucky to exit, in the Wildcats' first WCWS appearance.

Oklahoma scores a run in the bottom of the fourth to cut Oregon's lead to 3-1. What looks like a failed squeeze play (in which an OU runner heading for home is thrown out retreating to third for the second out of the inning) helps short-circuit the Sooners' rally, as they score no more runs in the fourth... Homer in fifth by OU's Shelby Pendley cuts Sooner deficit to 3-2. Ducks coming to bat in top of sixth... Oregon adds insurance run in top of seventh, wins 4-2 to eliminate Sooners...

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Friday, May 30, 2014

2014 WCWS Friday Observations

A solo shot by Bailey Castro in the top of the second inning has given Florida a 1-0 lead over Oregon... It's now 4-zip Florida, as the Ducks bat in the bottom of the third... That's how it ends: Florida 4, Oregon 0. The Gators have won seven games so far this postseason, and all of these wins are by shutout. (Florida did lose one game in the super-regionals to Washington.)

Alabama leads Kentucky 2-0 on a two-run shot by Leona Lafaele. The Tide is now up in the top of the third... The 2-0 score holds up for a Bama win, although not without some late-inning suspense.