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    Quote Originally Posted by GrudgeGuy View Post
    Hope Brandner from Oregon State is transferring to the Gophers! Great news to get another strong bat on the roster!
    Interesting. Can you tell us about her? What year of school is she in? Where does she play in the field?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hrothgar View Post
    Interesting. Can you tell us about her? What year of school is she in? Where does she play in the field?
    She led Oregon State with 12 homers and 36 rbis last year while hitting near .300. Did all that as a freshman, so she still has three years left. I also believe she plays first base, but could be wrong about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRJ View Post
    She led Oregon State with 12 homers and 36 rbis last year while hitting near .300. Did all that as a freshman, so she still has three years left. I also believe she plays first base, but could be wrong about that.

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    I looked her up online. She has a video of her playing style, obviously made during high school, which looked good. There were clips of her playing against CAL in PAC play in a series that got her PAC 12 freshman of the week award, in which she hit well, seemed heavier and hitting with power (stronger maybe? but not as lithe-looking on the field). The Gophers will have to fill the third base position. In her video she didn't look too facile at fielding bunts, but that could improve. I think infield defense is VERY important to Trachsel. I hope she's really good. The more good players the merrier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hrothgar View Post
    I looked her up online. She has a video of her playing style, obviously made during high school, which looked good. There were clips of her playing against CAL in PAC play in a series that got her PAC 12 freshman of the week award, in which she hit well, seemed heavier and hitting with power (stronger maybe? but not as lithe-looking on the field). The Gophers will have to fill the third base position. In her video she didn't look too facile at fielding bunts, but that could improve. I think infield defense is VERY important to Trachsel. I hope she's really good. The more good players the merrier.
    I wouldn't be surprised if she is the designated player. It was not a strong point of last year's lineup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hrothgar View Post
    I looked her up online. She has a video of her playing style, obviously made during high school, which looked good. There were clips of her playing against CAL in PAC play in a series that got her PAC 12 freshman of the week award, in which she hit well, seemed heavier and hitting with power (stronger maybe? but not as lithe-looking on the field). The Gophers will have to fill the third base position. In her video she didn't look too facile at fielding bunts, but that could improve. I think infield defense is VERY important to Trachsel. I hope she's really good. The more good players the merrier.
    I saw the same things you did. Looks like a run producer who will hit in the middle of the lineup in tandem with players like Lindaman and Houlihan. As for defense, seems in high school she played a bit of both first and third while I believe she she played mostly at first for Oregon State. Gopher68's suggestion of possibly being the DP is an interesting one to consider as well. That could also depend upon how the dynamic between Brandt and Arneson plays out at short. Allie spent a fair amount of time as the DP last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRJ View Post
    I saw the same things you did. Looks like a run producer who will hit in the middle of the lineup in tandem with players like Lindaman and Houlihan. As for defense, seems in high school she played a bit of both first and third while I believe she she played mostly at first for Oregon State. Gopher68's suggestion of possibly being the DP is an interesting one to consider as well. That could also depend upon how the dynamic between Brandt and Arneson plays out at short. Allie spent a fair amount of time as the DP last year.
    Interesting comments, MRJ. From now on, it's Trachsel's squad. Interesting to speculate on what direction she builds. I suspect a super strong infield defense is her priority, as well as great pitching. With Brandt & Arneson at SS, they were good but need to get even better at SS & 3rd to compete at a higher level. In 2018 I thought Dwyer at 1st was the strongest defensive infielder, surprisingly. Brandner may well fill in one hitting spot. Otherwise I think they will need some really strong newcomers and better 2nd & 3rd backup pitching behind Fiser to stay up there in the NCAA. Against weaker BIG teams, they can win by knocking down the fences, but need more depth in the NCAAs. I'm hoping for the best.

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    No doubt everyone knows this, but thought I'd post it: As of two days ago former Gopher Sara Groenewegen is in a hospital in British Columbia with pneumonia. She is in serious but stable condition. According to Softball Canada, the illness seems to have come on suddenly. She pitched a game on a Friday and fell ill on Sunday.

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    Allie was hurt all year last year and playing through it. If she is healthy I think she will be the SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hrothgar View Post
    No doubt everyone knows this, but thought I'd post it: As of two days ago former Gopher Sara Groenewegen is in a hospital in British Columbia with pneumonia. She is in serious but stable condition. According to Softball Canada, the illness seems to have come on suddenly. She pitched a game on a Friday and fell ill on Sunday.
    Get well Sara

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    Odd- very unusual for a healthy 20 yo to get a pneumonia requiring hospitalization. Hope she's ok


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    More on Sara from Sara.

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    Good to hear from her. Couldn't find any updates beyond the players posting well wishes for her on IG stories

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    Legionnaires is nothing to mess with. Glad she's on the road to recovery.

    Quick update: Sara tweeted she's been released from the hospital, so her recovery is apparently going well.
    Last edited by MRJ; 08-06-2018 at 10:56 AM.

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    Re: the reported Hope Brandner transfer to MN. Is that actually happening? Or is it a rumor only? And most important --- is she any better than the players already on the MN roster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hrothgar View Post
    Re: the reported Hope Brandner transfer to MN. Is that actually happening? Or is it a rumor only? And most important --- is she any better than the players already on the MN roster?
    Well, since she put it out on her and Twitter and Instagram accounts, I'm assuming it's true. Might be waiting on paperwork, transcripts or whatever. Or I suppose it could not get done at the last minute for some reason, but for now, I'm assuming it's legit.

    Other than that, I have no idea. Power hitter with pretty good average who can drive in runs is all I know and that's from her stats at OSU.

    link: https://www.instagram.com/p/Blt2cgAH...y=_hopebabyyy_
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