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Yeah it's a very ambitious schedule for sure...

Posted on: November 3, 2018 at 12:01:07 CT
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my initial reaction to it is, with the weak pitching situation (not one bit of which is Coach Andersons responsibility or fault), the path to even a .500 season and barely making the NCAA tournament again is very narrow.

But that's why we play the games. Many softball games are won on the little things, getting the timely hit, smart baserunning, great defense. We are clearly facing an uphill battle due to our pitching, but we may see a few surprises there too, perhaps we will see more of a pitching by committee each game that can keep us in enough games to pull out a lot of wins.

The non conference schedule is brutal though on the face of it, Coach Anderson isn't shying away from the challenge at all. She could have dumbed down the schedule but didn't, and I think that says something about her character, determination, and competitive spirit. But the schedule, while top heavy with elite PAC 12 teams, is actually balanced pretty well with really tough games, games against good but not great teams that we can hang with, and some poorer teams to bring some guaranteed wins.

Based on the way teams finished last season in RPI rankings, here is how the non conference schedule breaks down in groups to illustrate my point. Games scheduled against teams with a 2018 finishing RPI of:

2, 3, 5, 7, and 12
27, 33, 44, 48
51, 59, 60, 66, 74
92, 98, 111, 112
154, 183, 187, 246, 248

Some of those teams will of course finish better or worse than last season, but many will finish generally close, so there is some good balance there.

I'm looking forward to the season, have adjusted my expectations accordingly to the pitching situation, but can't wait to see what kind of team Coach Anderson puts out there and what kind of legacy she starts building here.
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     Yeah it's a very ambitious schedule for sure... - bluetiger_ MU - 11/3 12:01:07
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          RE: Yeah it's a very ambitious schedule for sure... - Miz4Now MU - 11/3 14:18:45
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