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I am not familiar with the High School careers of the Gophers. Where did Lindner usually play? She sure struggles in right field. Didn't need to see that dropped foul ball that certainly was catchable.
 

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This team can't hit. Period. It's been an issue all season and it isn't going to change all of the sudden in the tourney.

Wouldn't be at all surprising if they go two and out.
 


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This team can't hit. Period. It's been an issue all season and it isn't going to change all of the sudden in the tourney.

Wouldn't be at all surprising if they go two and out.
They should be able to beat the 4th team but don't see them winning second tomorrow if it's same Fresno pitcher
 

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I am not familiar with the High School careers of the Gophers. Where did Lindner usually play? She sure struggles in right field. Didn't need to see that dropped foul ball that certainly was catchable.
Slow getting the ball in for third run too
 



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They should be able to beat the 4th team but don't see them winning second tomorrow if it's same Fresno pitcher
This team managed to lose games to Maryland, Purdue and Penn State this season...I'm not counting on anything (including beating the No. 4 team) at this point.
 





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Hate to say it but....I do not feel accountability with these players is nearly as tough with this coaching staff as it has been in the past. The team just doesn't appear as driven and focused as they should be. We are now talking post season Gophers.

I don’t know. Fresno State is good. I think some people overvalue the talent of the Big Ten. California is the birthplace of women’s softball. They have a lot of pure softball talent out there.

I certainly have been critical on the coaching staff for not playing certain players in past games, but in this game - I think they had their batting lineup about as right as they could have. My only critique would have been not pinch hitting for Brandt in the (4th or 5th inning - I forget) with Denson in scoring position.

But I really don’t know if coaches chewing more players behinds would really have caused us to win that game tonight. Dolcini was on.

I still think we have a fair (50-50) chance at two wins tomorrow... before getting buzz-sawed on Sunday.
 

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I don’t know. Fresno State is good. I think some people overvalue the talent of the Big Ten. California is the birthplace of women’s softball. They have a lot of pure softball talent out there.

I certainly have been critical on the coaching staff for not playing certain players in past games, but in this game - I think they had their batting lineup about as right as they could have. My only critique would have been not pinch hitting for Brandt in the (4th or 5th inning - I forget) with Denson in scoring position.

But I really don’t know if coaches chewing more players behinds would really have caused us to win that game tonight. Dolcini was on.

I still think we have a fair (50-50) chance at two wins tomorrow... before getting buzz-sawed on Sunday.
Fresno State is good, but the core of this team went to the 2019 WCWS. They are not as focused or driven and you can see it. There are many ways to hold players and teams accountable without chewing them out. Coach Piper doesn't need to change her personality, but she does need to hold them accountable. All successful coaches hold their players accountable in their own way. This team has not been held accountable for their play on the field all year. That has been my biggest gripe. Hopefully, this coaching staff can figure it out for next season and beyond.
 

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By the way, part of holding them accountable is pinch hitting for your .150 avg hitter, Brandt with a runner in scoring position late in a 0-0 ball game. Whatever level you hold a super senior (and I would argue leader) on the team to, is the level your team will rise to. Failing to do so lowers the standard of performance and the team will follow suit.
 

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Well, one thing I am sure we can all agree on is that Jamie Trachsel is one helluva good coach.
 



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By the way, part of holding them accountable is pinch hitting for your .150 avg hitter, Brandt with a runner in scoring position late in a 0-0 ball game. Whatever level you hold a super senior (and I would argue leader) on the team to, is the level your team will rise to. Failing to do so lowers the standard of performance and the team will follow suit.
She's got higher OBP with walks and had clutch hits last postseason
 


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This is the beginning of the end. Fiser has done her best but there is no offensive support. Fiser will be gone and the offense will only get worse - what’s next? Middle of the pack in the B10 at best. My prediction is missing the NCAA tourney next year. We are still riding Allister’s reputation but that light is fading fast. Jamie got away with not being the recruiter that Allister was but Piper will soon run out of talent.
 


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This is the beginning of the end. Fiser has done her best but there is no offensive support. Fiser will be gone and the offense will only get worse - what’s next? Middle of the pack in the B10 at best. My prediction is missing the NCAA tourney next year. We are still riding Allister’s reputation but that light is fading fast. Jamie got away with not being the recruiter that Allister was but Piper will soon run out of talent.
There's not enough talent in the conference to fall behind, need to hit with more recruits and there should be a few in next class
 

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There's not enough talent in the conference to fall behind, need to hit with more recruits and there should be a few in next class
Agreed that the BIG is not a strong conference and if you have any recruiting and pitching you can remain at the top. They do need to find a way to get the talent to be displayed on the field in big moments.
 

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This is the beginning of the end. Fiser has done her best but there is no offensive support. Fiser will be gone and the offense will only get worse - what’s next? Middle of the pack in the B10 at best. My prediction is missing the NCAA tourney next year. We are still riding Allister’s reputation but that light is fading fast. Jamie got away with not being the recruiter that Allister was but Piper will soon run out of talent.
This expression of woe is maybe a touch overdone. It looks to me that they have some players coming into that program over the next couple years that can play. The big question is, of course, pitching. Without strong pitching they will sink back some out of the top-two of the Big Ten and further down into the Big Ten.

Let’s hope some of these pitchers coming in (Leavitt and Hostettler next year, Schwartz the year after that) can pitch.

But it is true that nothing lasts forever, including the Gophers always making the NCAA tourney.
 

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From article couple days ago she's committed for gophers

Sydney Schwartz is junior pitcher for Chanhassen, the Storm’s ace in the circle. She’s 13-1 with a 1.20 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 87⅓ innings. She’s tossed a no-hitter and five one-hitters and hasn’t been too shabby at the plate, either. She’s hitting .512 with six home runs.
 

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Agreed that the BIG is not a strong conference and if you have any recruiting and pitching you can remain at the top. They do need to find a way to get the talent to be displayed on the field in big moments.
Piper is a GREAT person - but as a recruiter her skills are limited and I would say several B10 schools/coaches have an advantage over her.
Michigan. Northwestern. Illinois. Iowa. Nebraska. Ohio State to name a few.

And that is just to get B10 kids. What about Big 12, PAC 12 and SEC level recruits? How will she compete? Not an easy job….
 

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What about Big 12, PAC 12 and SEC level recruits? How will she compete?
Slow your role there on that critique. I mean... that’s just not gonna happen.

We just have to compete on recruiting with our Big Ten peers. And honestly I am WAY optimistic on Jessica Oakland and Addison Leschber, very optimistic on Emily Leavitt, Kayla Chavez, and Sydney Schwartz, and optimistic on Brynn Hostettler. We have some potential players coming in over the next couple years... such as they can be judged as 16-17 year olds.

But of course, losing Partain and Fiser will hurt.
 

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Embarrassing tonight. What a way to represent the U of M. The Gophers played like a high school team on defense and were helpless at the plate. The lack of offensive production matched the indifferent performance in game 4 vs. PSU. I saw no visible sign that they had any true desire to win vs FSU. Fiser pitched a complete game, gave up only 3 runs, but clearly had no chance of winning, as in several other games this season. I don't think the raw talent is lacking, but something else is. This inept approach at the plate started in 2020 under Trachsel and continues in 2021 under Ritter.
 




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Don’t count these Gophers out yet! The Super Seniors and skilled players should rise to the occasion today, and have a good chance of getting to Sunday. Most NCAA coaches will tell you day 1 of the tourney can be difficult. Look for a more desperate, emotional and different mindset day 2.
 

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Here's hoping the Gophers come out today with a much needed "fire" in them. They are in the NCAA Championship for a reason, but now they need to show everybody why. Show all your fans and mainly yourselves that you can enjoy the moment and play Gopher softball.

I want to see a sense of urgency from these players. As we are all aware, for some it could be their last time in the Maroon and Gold.

Yesterday, I felt I was watching a team just going through the motions.
 

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Yesterday, I felt I was watching a team just going through the motions. 4EverAGopher

You're right, but yesterday wasn't the first time that has happened this season, as posters here keep pointing out. To and including 2019 the Gophers had teams with fire and drive.
 




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