I think they left Schwartz in too long. This was 3rd time through the lineup. I thought it would have been better to re-insert Hambrick. For me the gophers made a critical mistake in the 5th inning when Valencia led off with a double and they didn’t sacrifice her to third. They were down one run and you’re the home team. Play for the tie first, then the win.McNeese scores they 2 seem to have figured Schwartz out
We miss Reili Gardner bad for situations just like this one. But I will defend the decision to send the runner anyway. Two outs, #9 hitter up next, bottom of the 6th. Make the defense make two good throws. If they don’t, you are up one going to McNeese’s last at bat. If it were the tying run, I wouldn’t have sent Connell, but I would have sent Gardner, Burnett, DenHartog, or Bradley.Error on catch, misplay on the ricochet, hesitation on the relay, yet still out by a couple feet great send decision coach...
I watched McNeese’s conference championship game, which Tate pitched, and she looked exactly the same in this game as she did in that one.Imagine they would see Tate again tomorrow if there is a rematch. Hopefully make some adjustments
And as I have said for years now, the aspiration for fans of Big Ten teams in the NCAA softball/baseball tournament should generally be to play four or five games. Being the last team eliminated is a very good end result in a regional and by fans having that more realistic expectation, they will enjoy the weekend more.We have now seen both of their pitchers for an extended period, hit one of them hard, and finally started to figure the other one out. I really like our chances in the expected rematch tonight.
I was just going to post something on your idea. It is hard to put together a lineup with this team because they have individually had their shinging moments at the plate. However, I was thinking that Strelow should not be ahead of Ehlke. Right now the hottest bats for us are Chavez, DenHartog and Ehlke, correct or not?I have thought for several games now that we’d be better off if DenHartog and Krapf switched places in the batting order. That way, not only do you make teams pitch to Krapf more, but when Ehlke, who hits a lot of doubles but not many home runs, you have DenHartog more likely to be a base runner for her than Krapf. Then switch Ehlke and Strelow and Maddie’s hits should produce more runs.
Some of the announcers aren't very bright but the 7 innings stream is solid on espn+One of my Credit Cards just offered me a $9.99 credit a month for 6 months for a Hulu Bundle Subscription. So I didn't pass it up and now have ESPN+.
NW ready to end this game in the top of the 7th vs Kentucky. 1 out and up 10-7...finally winning 10-8.