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Are we back?

Postby JMCCATS » Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:10 am

7-0 start to the season after last night's shutout of #4 LSU. It's early, but this is great stuff.

BEAR DOWN!!!
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Re: Are we back?

Postby Irish27 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 1:26 pm

It all comes down to pitching and this year's staff is the best Candrea has had since Fowler's freshmen year.
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Re: Are we back?

Postby Stallion » Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:14 pm

Irish27 wrote:It all comes down to pitching


So true. If LSU is the real deal, and O'Toole is the real deal, then...it's about to get real. :mrgreen:

The Cats dropped one to Central Michigan today, which isn't ideal, but O'Toole didn't pitch (she's throwing right now vs. #15 UCF).

Very encouraging start of the season.

BEAR DOWN!
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Still to early to say for sure...

Postby Wildcat Jones » Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:35 am

...but dropping two on Sunday to Tex A&M and Cal Poly (dropping overall record to 8-3 after that 7-0 start) doesn't look to good. O'Toole took her first loss of the season to A&M and Bowling took loss in the Cal Poly game. McQuillan took first loss of the season in that Cent Michigan loss. So on surface, doesn't look like we're "back" to fully elite level nor have dominant pitcher. A&M was barely ranked coming in at 25 and Cal Poly and Cent Michigan unranked. So not really any good losses. In fairness, two of our wins have come over ranked teams, beating #4 LSU and #15 UCF.

Time will tell.
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Re: Still to early to say for sure...

Postby Irish27 » Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:57 pm

Wildcat Jones wrote:...but dropping two on Sunday to Tex A&M and Cal Poly (dropping overall record to 8-3 after that 7-0 start) doesn't look to good. O'Toole took her first loss of the season to A&M and Bowling took loss in the Cal Poly game. McQuillan took first loss of the season in that Cent Michigan loss. So on surface, doesn't look like we're "back" to fully elite level nor have dominant pitcher. A&M was barely ranked coming in at 25 and Cal Poly and Cent Michigan unranked. So not really any good losses. In fairness, two of our wins have come over ranked teams, beating #4 LSU and #15 UCF.

Time will tell.


Eva Watson got hurt in the first inning of the first game yesterday and did not play the rest of the day. Fortunately, she will be ok but losing her bat and speed in the #2 spot affected the offense yesterday.
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Re: Are we back?

Postby ValleyCat » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:53 am

So far, at least, freshman pitcher Taylor McQuillan does not appear to be special.
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Re: Are we back?

Postby Stallion » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:29 pm

Ranked #20, 5th in Pac-12.

So....no. :)
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Re: Are we back?

Postby Irish27 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:11 pm

ValleyCat wrote:So far, at least, freshman pitcher Taylor McQuillan does not appear to be special.


Freshman Player of the Week the past two weeks.
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Are we back? Are we back, as a team, is the question...

Postby Wildcat Jones » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:15 am

This thread is about the team, and while it's subjective, at least at this point, we are certainly not back to UA standards of the glory years prior to the fall from grace in 2011. As a team, we currently sit at 18-8, with HOME losses to BYU and two to James Freaking Madison. Again, those 3 recent losses all at Hillenbrand, where we once were nearly unbeatable from '93 to '10.

I hope, as we all do, that this team comes around as a whole and makes a run at the WCWS. It's been 5 long seasons from what used to be nearly a given. I know the game has changed, and there is far more/better competition. But the point is, we are NOT an elite level program anymore. We are, at best, a good/solid program with one of the top two histories of the college sport.

So I will cheer this team on, to Bear Down and improve greatly as this season continues, so that they are playing their best softball at the right time and make it to Oklahoma City once again.

PS - As for McQuillen? We can all agree it's far to early in her career to make a judgement on how good/great she may become. Right now, she's 7-3 with a 2.54 ERA. Solid, good numbers. Far from dominating pitcher numbers, but hopefully with experience, she'll become that dominating pitcher that is needed for our program to be elite again.
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Re: Are we back?

Postby Irish27 » Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:39 pm

James Madison was the 10th ranked team in the country when they played the Cats.
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