Best lineup I think off current roster
I like both of these suggested lineups, especially DenHartog up to 3rd. Jensen needs to be batting 2nd or 9th either just after or just before Partain. I can't see keeping Brandt's bat in the lineup at all or keeping Strelow's out of it. If Strelow can play SS, put her there. First base is a problem; Hansen is not good there defensively & Dray hasn't hit much. There must be some hitters on the bench we haven't seen. I vote for Hope Brandner as the best all-around player ever at MN, for her defensive genius at first and her prowess at the plate. Too bad she can't be replaced; her level of play is missed. Come to think of it, where'd she go? Nobody ever said.I doubt they would take Strelow’s athleticism out of the lineup. I think she is a starter. My preferred lineup:
But I could easily see putting Jones in Right (9) at the ninth batting position if I could see that in my above preferred lineup, as it played out in a game, Jensen and Denson’s styles were too redundant to make sense together in that lineup.
You're right. The Gophers did a patient job of waiting for MSU to give them the game with: 1) a walk, a wild pitch, and a stolen base to Kemmetmueller; 2) dropping a foul popup giving DenHartog a second chance to drive Kemmetmueller in w/ run nr. one; 3) overrunning second base, like you said; 4) flubbing a 3rd-out ground ball allowing run nr. 2 to score, and 4) in obvious frustration throwing the first pitch to Kinch down the middle of the plate.That MSU leadoff double is why bad teams lose. Nice to get back on track with sweep
You might as well add that if the Gophers don’t bobble a ground ball in the first and have a passed ball. MSU never scores.You're right. The Gophers did a patient job of waiting for MSU to give them the game with: 1) a walk, a wild pitch, and a stolen base to Kemmetmueller; 2) dropping a foul popup giving DenHartog a second chance to drive Kemmetmueller in w/ run nr. one; 3) overrunning second base, like you said; 4) flubbing a 3rd-out ground ball allowing run nr. 2 to score, and 4) in obvious frustration throwing the first pitch to Kinch down the middle of the plate.
I got questions on a topic, if anybody has opinions, softball included, but also college sports generally:
How much do you expect a college athlete to improve during their time?
How many players get better every year of their college time?
How many peak their freshman year?
How many regress instead of get better?
How much does the coach have to do with improvement of their individual players?
Any other thoughts on this?
At the top levels of D1, there's a huge amount of scouting. By the time a good first- or second-year player is a junior or senior, his/her game has been analyzed. Then it's up to the individual player to work on weaknesses. Maybe some don't have the energy to do that?I sort of subconsciously assumed players improved through their college careers. But as I think about it, I question that.
Maybe more players can make a quantum leap, or have a "breakthrough" season than can develop significantly each year.
Sara Wilhite for Gopher Volleyball improved tremendously her senior year.
Gopher Women's Hockey has a junior player this year, Abigail Boreen, who has gotten significantly better thru each of her years. But she wasn't very good as a freshman and I think is unusual to improve so much 2 consecutive years.
I think, ultimately, good college teams need to have players get better through their careers but It's more difficult to do that than I originally assumed.
Maybe they'll bring in the BTN+ streaming crew from Leesburg, FLA, with a stationary camera aimed permanently at the right-field fence? Just joking. We may have to watch volleyball this weekend, which won't be so bad.No BTN+ coverage for the Illinois series...?
I just checked Gopher Sports.com and all games at Illinois and next week here with Purdue willForecast
Friday 5pm Partly Cloudy 56° 8 WSW
Sar 1pm Mostly Cloudy 66° 16 SSW
Sat 3:30 Mostly Cloudy 68° 15 SW
Sun noon Sunny 52° 17 NW
Games are still strangely missing from the BTN+ schedule. I still think there's a decent chance they will appear.