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Oklahoma side staying normal but a lot of carnage other half
 




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Which is why we made the tournament with a just above .500 record.
I don't think it was the tough schedule alone. Season long it was more like too many big leads or late inning leads relinquished by the pitchers and too many RISP stranded by the hitters. Equal.
 




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With the NIL and the Transfer Portal today’s DI Athletics is the wild west. I think every team will have a dramatic roster turnover. With Oklahoma announcing they will pay each softball player 40k through NIL money it shows where this is heading. This would be an extremely difficult time to be a coach.
 





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With the NIL and the Transfer Portal today’s DI Athletics is the wild west. I think every team will have a dramatic roster turnover. With Oklahoma announcing they will pay each softball player 40k through NIL money it shows where this is heading. This would be an extremely difficult time to be a coach.
Oklahoma has licensed shirt jerseys for Jordy, Alo, Jennings, and Coleman and a few of them signed to players collective agency but that's about all I've seen for sponsorships. Fouts did a few ads for HR Block gender parity campaign nothing bigger for sponsors. Really isn't much NIL or TV money yet in softball to worry about, far cry from the Jimbo fisher pocketbook
 

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With the NIL and the Transfer Portal today’s DI Athletics is the wild west. I think every team will have a dramatic roster turnover. With Oklahoma announcing they will pay each softball player 40k through NIL money it shows where this is heading. This would be an extremely difficult time to be a coach.
Alabama will have most dramatic turnover, 2 transferred out, KB Sides who won SEC player of year said on podcast coach Murphy told her she didn't have a roster spot and her mom said a senior told her she was washed up. Drama with bullying on team and idk what else could open the floodgates
 

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Oklahoma has licensed shirt jerseys for Jordy, Alo, Jennings, and Coleman and a few of them signed to players collective agency but that's about all I've seen for sponsorships. Fouts did a few ads for HR Block gender parity campaign nothing bigger for sponsors. Really isn't much NIL or TV money yet in softball to worry about, far cry from the Jimbo fisher pocketbook
 





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Bovada lines up for game 1 supers (no series or futures yet)

Arizona -120 / Mississippi St -120 / OU 9.5 runs
Virginia Tech -155 / Florida +115 / OU 7.5
Arkansas -250 / Texas +170 / OU 10.5
Oklahoma -1600 / UCF +700 / OU 9.5 / 5.5 run spread
OK St -450 / Clemson +275 / OU 5.5
Arizona St -200 / Northwestern +150 / OU 11.5
Stanford -120 / Oregon St -120
UCLA -300 / Duke +200 / OU 9.0
 



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The Strib has an (admittedly not-so-long) article on Gophers softball today, indicating hope in the return of Leavitt and Evans next year. They probably should've waited another day and checked the transfer portal. Gophers softball can't possibly be facing a 2023 repeat of 2022 in the circle, can they, with only Pease and an incoming freshman pitcher? A pitching staff of two again? So hard to know what's needed, new & better recruits or new & better coaching? In general it's also hard to figure the BIG; 7 or 8 teams in the NCAA, only NW in the supers, and they had a weak regional field to compete against. I'll leave off rambling.....& hope for the best.
 



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Kilfoyl (their #2 pitcher) and Goodnight (#3 hitter) also transferring but Fouts is staying for bama. Edit and #4 hitter + bench bat to make it 6
 
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She needs to find more dominate pitching
Yes, agreed. Go to Sara and talk with her. I'm sure they do, but SZS generally has been a producer of Minnesota's top pitching. That or look out of state.

Not sure why they weren't able to get the kid that went to Oregon or the one that throws for Maple lake now. But those are the ones that should have been up to the top of their list.

Also, they need to start looking to add at least 2 per year.
 

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The kid that went to Oregon? I'm assuming you're referring to Allison Benning. She sat out the entire year for Oregon other than some ABs and a few innings. Her pitching never really impressed me.
 

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It's going to be a few more years until Minnesota is a tournament team again. Can't rely on freshman, transfers that you don't have, and a few decent players on your roster.

Pitching is atrocious. I called the Leavitt transfer a few months ago, knew confidence & mental health had something to do with it. Going after Kilfoyl wouldn't be a smart move. It would be Pease 2.0, she gets injured every year. Hopefully Pease pitches better next year after regrouping in the offseason and recovering from the shoulder issues. Schwartz is a big question mark. She could perform like Leavitt did this season, or she could have a breakout freshman campaign. Who knows? Hollifield, where do you even begin? Evans kinda surprised me, and she was one of the better hitters.
 

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The kid that went to Oregon? I'm assuming you're referring to Allison Benning. She sat out the entire year for Oregon other than some ABs and a few innings. Her pitching never really impressed me.
Agreed. Benning never lived up to the hype IMO. She got a lot of attention because she was coached by Sara Moulton, who a lot of people respect, obviously. But her pitching relied on batters panicking and swinging at garbage. A good batter could see she couldn’t hit her spots and make her throw strikes, which would frustrate Benning and make her wild, which is probably what they found at Oregon. I’m glad Gophers didn’t get her. As far as local pitchers, Schwartz and Dueck are far better talent. I think both are better hitters as well.
I will never understand why Piper (and Trachsel) wouldn’t allow their pitchers to hit. Dueck was maybe the best hitter in the state coming into college. Schwartz is a very good hitter as well. So was Hostettler. Hopefully Schwartz will get a shot at the plate.
 

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Yes, agreed. Go to Sara and talk with her. I'm sure they do, but SZS generally has been a producer of Minnesota's top pitching. That or look out of state.

Not sure why they weren't able to get the kid that went to Oregon or the one that throws for Maple lake now. But those are the ones that should have been up to the top of their list.

Also, they need to start looking to add at least 2 per year.

So Strike Zone Sports is the place to go?
 

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Michigan’s Alex Storako just entered the portal. She has one year of eligibility. I didn’t see that one coming.
 

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Michigan’s Alex Storako just entered the portal. She has one year of eligibility. I didn’t see that one coming.
Widra is also in the portal for Michigan....With Beaubien being done...what does MI have left? Leavitt to MI?
 

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Agreed. Benning never lived up to the hype IMO. She got a lot of attention because she was coached by Sara Moulton, who a lot of people respect, obviously. But her pitching relied on batters panicking and swinging at garbage. A good batter could see she couldn’t hit her spots and make her throw strikes, which would frustrate Benning and make her wild, which is probably what they found at Oregon. I’m glad Gophers didn’t get her. As far as local pitchers, Schwartz and Dueck are far better talent. I think both are better hitters as well.
I will never understand why Piper (and Trachsel) wouldn’t allow their pitchers to hit. Dueck was maybe the best hitter in the state coming into college. Schwartz is a very good hitter as well. So was Hostettler. Hopefully Schwartz will get a shot at the plate.
Hostetler was and is not a top hitter. She's not a bad hitter, but definitely not a D1 hitter. She had a ton of potential in the circle, but her control really suffered after an injury she had after maybe here sophomore/junior year? She is having trouble even getting innings at Augsburg who is a bottom tier MIAC team. Good kid, I hope things turn around for her.
 




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