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Do they have any pitchers committed for next year? Tough to go into a year with one star pitcher and 10 innings combined from the rest
Emily Leavitt is probably the highest rated recruit the Gophers have ever landed and she will be a Freshman next year. Brynn Hostetler from Minnesota is also a Freshman next year.
 

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Why is Kinch batting after Denhartog?
Or Lindner batting at all? She is 1 for her last 14 AB. Last hit was March 13th.
.087 batters should not continue to be given PAs. Why not give someone else a chance? They literally could not do worse.
 

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Or Lindner batting at all? She is 1 for her last 14 AB. Last hit was March 13th.
.087 batters should not continue to be given PAs. Why not give someone else a chance? They literally could not do worse.
The hitting was abominable. After the 1st inning of game 1, the Gophers scored one single run vs. a team that had won only 4 games. Strike out after strike out.
 

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Glad the coaching staff is shifting things around to see if anything sticks with this team.

Agree... Lindner ?? Why not put Brandt out there in RF?

Keep struggling at the plate no matter who is playing and batting in what order. However, one of the hottest bats is not in the lineup during this Purdue series. Somebody else mentioned a POSSIBILITY of a Covid issue. If true, it certainly does not help our situation.

Now that Jensen is back in the lineup, she still struggles with staying in the box when batting. A shame that has never been corrected.
 
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They are resting Pease quite a bit this weekend aren’t they. She has only pitched 7 innings all weekend.
 

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Pease is no longer resting. She came in the seventh today with the needed save....Gopher's win 2-1.

Obviously, college softball, especially DIvision 1, is a lot more difficult and challenging than High School softball. As stated before, these players come in with some heavy bats. However, they end up struggling at the college level, for whatever reason. That is evident with this year's Gopher team. It isn't just softball, you see this happening in other sports too.

I do not follow the recruiting like others. If the present roster does not have the much needed hitters, are they being recruited in future years? There is a reason these players are recruited in the first place. Just unfortunate they are unable to step up to the plate and advance their careers at this level.

Again, this coaching staff really has their work cut out in both pitching and hitting.
 

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Northwestern next weekend! That may tell us a thing or two :)

ESPNU at 3 on Friday.
 

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Pease is no longer resting. She came in the seventh today with the needed save....Gopher's win 2-1.

Obviously, college softball, especially DIvision 1, is a lot more difficult and challenging than High School softball. As stated before, these players come in with some heavy bats. However, they end up struggling at the college level, for whatever reason. That is evident with this year's Gopher team. It isn't just softball, you see this happening in other sports too.

I do not follow the recruiting like others. If the present roster does not have the much needed hitters, are they being recruited in future years? There is a reason these players are recruited in the first place. Just unfortunate they are unable to step up to the plate and advance their careers at this level.

Again, this coaching staff really has their work cut out in both pitching and hitting.
In fact, Fiser & Pease are pitching great; see their low ERA. But with limited hitting & run support & some shoddy Gopher defense at times vs. Purdue, they pitch every inning with razor thin margin of error. Gophers got only 19 hits in 28 innings vs. an average Purdue pitching staff. With bases loaded & 2 out in the bottom of the 6th today, for example, it's clear the Purdue lefthander has only one pitch, a changeup. Why were the Gophers not sitting on that pitch? If you can't hit slow stuff you know is coming, what can you hit? This pattern started as far back as the Maryland series at the start of the season.
 

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If it looked like I was taking a shot at Pease and Fiser, I apologize, because I wasn't. It appears we are not deeper than those two this season for starters and MOVING FORWARD without Fiser and only Pease is certainly a concern. If we can replace Fiser next season with a pitcher presently on the roster and with hopes of the same results, than that is wonderful for this team and coaching staff.

I agree that the next series at Northwestern will tell us a lot and maybe more than what we really want to hear. To me it appears the whole team is playing "tight" softball.
 

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They are resting Pease quite a bit this weekend aren’t they. She has only pitched 7 innings all weekend.
Her elbow was taped up vs. Illinois. She might have an injury and they’re trying to keep the reps low so she can be healthy at Northwestern.
 

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Her elbow was taped up vs. Illinois. She might have an injury and they’re trying to keep the reps low so she can be healthy at Northwestern.
We want full strength Pease and Fiser going into Northwestern! Sounds dicey!
 

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If it looked like I was taking a shot at Pease and Fiser, I apologize, because I wasn't. It appears we are not deeper than those two this season for starters and MOVING FORWARD without Fiser and only Pease is certainly a concern. If we can replace Fiser next season with a pitcher presently on the roster and with hopes of the same results, than that is wonderful for this team and coaching staff.

I agree that the next series at Northwestern will tell us a lot and maybe more than what we really want to hear. To me it appears the whole team is playing "tight" softball.
Assuming no transfers in or out, we will have a lot of (6) pitchers on the roster next year. It is possible that Piper will have to manage an entirely different type of pitching game than in the past decade or more where she could rely on workhorse pitchers that did not lose much stuff (velocity and/or movement) through the course of a game or even a season.

Pease will certainly be the number 1 but Dueck, Jones, Hollifield, Leavitt, and Hostettler may all be called in to pitch an inning or two or three on a very regular basis.
 

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If it looked like I was taking a shot at Pease and Fiser, I apologize, because I wasn't. It appears we are not deeper than those two this season for starters and MOVING FORWARD without Fiser and only Pease is certainly a concern. If we can replace Fiser next season with a pitcher presently on the roster and with hopes of the same results, than that is wonderful for this team and coaching staff.

I agree that the next series at Northwestern will tell us a lot and maybe more than what we really want to hear. To me it appears the whole team is playing "tight" softball.
 

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4EverAGopher, I didn't think you were taking a shot at Pease & Fiser; I guess I didn't express myself very well. The team is putting enormous pressure on those 2 pitchers; they desrve much better support. I'm just astounded at how slow their hitters' bat speed is and how few balls they hit in the air and out of the infield. They're really passive at the plate. Why can't the hitting coach(es) speed their bats up?
 

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4EverAGopher, I didn't think you were taking a shot at Pease & Fiser; I guess I didn't express myself very well. The team is putting enormous pressure on those 2 pitchers; they desrve much better support. I'm just astounded at how slow their hitters' bat speed is and how few balls they hit in the air and out of the infield. They're really passive at the plate. Why can't the hitting coach(es) speed their bats up?
Last statistic I saw was the Gophers were leading the big 10 in home runs. Must be doing something right. Of course we would like everyone to have a .350 average or higher. Go Gophers
 

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Northwestern. . 316
Michigan. .296


Gophers. .233
IMO, in the end there's only one way to view offensive statistics: How many runs has a team scored? Doesn't matter how they score them. It would be interesting to know the runs-scored totals among NW, MI, IL, and MN. Nothing we'd all love more than a MN sweep vs. NW, but it'll surely require a whole heckuva lot of runs scored.
 

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College pitching (especially pitching depth?) must have improved over the last few years. Comparing these batting average numbers with the 2017 team and it isn’t good at all.

That being said, even that 2017 team, which was a strong all-around team with a good lineup 1-9, lost two games 1-0 to Alabama in the regional. To play two games totaling 16 innings against Alabama and not score a single run suggests even that offense, good as it was, had some problems. some of those problems were hidden by Groenewagen’s pitching strength.

Anyway, while I have so much to say about this team, does it even much matter now as we should learn so very much more going into this Northwestern 4-game weekend.
 

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If the Gophers get swept this weekend, we know they will be in a dogfight for 3rd, 4th, or even 5th place in the conference. If they sweep Northwestern they will be clear and convincing favorites for the Big Ten Championship.

Obviously, most likely is the 1-3 or 2-2 result. I assume that means Northwestern will be the champions and the Gophers will fighting Michigan for second. Less likely is a 3-1 Gophers series victory which will give us a good lane to the championship and put Michigan as our potential spoilers. Northwestern has a noticeably harder schedule than we do to close out the 2021 schedule.
 

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IMO, in the end there's only one way to view offensive statistics: How many runs has a team scored? Doesn't matter how they score them. It would be interesting to know the runs-scored totals among NW, MI, IL, and MN. Nothing we'd all love more than a MN sweep vs. NW, but it'll surely require a whole heckuva lot of runs scored.
Northwestern scored 134 runs
Nebraska 95
Gophers 90
Illinois 85
Michigan is 9th with 61. But in 4 less games.
 

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Errors:
Northwestern 8
Michigan 9 In 4 less games.
Nebraska 12
Iowa 12
Gophers 17
 

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College pitching (especially pitching depth?) must have improved over the last few years. Comparing these batting average numbers with the 2017 team and it isn’t good at all.

That being said, even that 2017 team, which was a strong all-around team with a good lineup 1-9, lost two games 1-0 to Alabama in the regional. To play two games totaling 16 innings against Alabama and not score a single run suggests even that offense, good as it was, had some problems. some of those problems were hidden by Groenewagen’s pitching strength.

Anyway, while I have so much to say about this team, does it even much matter now as we should learn so very much more going into this Northwestern 4-game weekend.
Your comments about the MN/Alabama matchup of 2017 hit the nail on the head. That has remained on my mind ever since 2017. I thought it humiliating that a MN team that ran roughshod over BIG pitching for whole season proved helpless vs. Alabama. It seemed to show Groenewegen as the only Gopher capable of competing and winning at the elite level of DI. Maybe I'm wrong, I dunno. Maybe if they'd played Alabama at MN in 2017 it would've been different? Vs. NW this weekend, maybe MN will play aggressively and take it to them.
Northwestern scored 134 runs
Nebraska 95
Gophers 90
Illinois 85
Michigan is 9th with 61. But in 4 less games.
As far as I can tell, NW has yet to play a team with a winning record. And I think IL is the only team w/ a winning record MN has played (and that's where MN did their best hitting, on the road.) Who knows. Maybe none of this means anything?
 

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So, out of curiosity MNGolf, do you havestats for the top 5 teams in the BIG who have allowed the most earned/unearned runs so far this season?
 

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As much as many of us fans want to be optimistic about any Gopher team and their future, we need to remember that eventually good or bad realism does take over because it is always waiting on the sidelines.
 

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So, out of curiosity MNGolf, do you havestats for the top 5 teams in the BIG who have allowed the most earned/unearned runs so far this season?

Fiser has given up 16 unearned runs. More than Pease's total run count.

The eye test has favored Pease over Fiser so far this year, for me.

Neither of these things has me counting out Amber, however. I think it's very possible she could go on a run when it really counts!
 
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