Softball 2018

Discussion in 'Softball' started by racerx5908, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    The UT Softball staff rocking Burnt Orange Friday! I see Coach White, Chelsea Spencer, and Shanna Diller. Missing Kailee Cuico and Coach Kerry Shaw. I believe these remaining are all Softball staff members.

     
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  2. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    And the freshmen arrive!
     
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  3. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Coach Mike White steals a 2019 recruit from Oregon! Grace Green is a local girl from Birdville HS. I assume he and his staff had gotten her commitment to Oregon and now she is coming home to Texas!! Getting some of these top recruits to stay home is how he will have to build the Horns. She is listed as a Left hand Pitcher 5'4" 120lbs.
    It's funny that Oklahoma softball has a Grace Green from California that will be a freshman this year???
     
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  4. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

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  5. racerx5908

    racerx5908 500+ Posts

    This is the exact thing that Connie Clark would never have done. I'm excited because A&M and OU have been nabbing these high end pitchers and we've settled for mystery transfers (although the last two worked out very good, but not championship-good)
     
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  6. racerx5908

    racerx5908 500+ Posts

    This was interesting to read about. I wondered what happened to Jennifer...it's also so odd that the KU coach left suddenly. She was soaring high on soft teams until they ran into us at McCombs last year.

     
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  7. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Ten Longhorns with a Lil'Talent: A guide to the top 10 Texas athletes to watch in 2018-19 | Hookem.com
     
  8. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Shea O’leary Our freshman pitcher from California is on campus and reppin the Horns today.
     
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  9. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Looks like Brooke Bolinger, Chloe Romero, and Shea O'Leary putting in a little work.
     
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  10. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Let's get this started! Janae Jefferson and Ki'Audra Hayter in a big hug and Taylor Ellsworth being funny. Brooke Bolinger on the mound with Coach White behind the plate coaching up the pitchers.
     
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  11. racerx5908

    racerx5908 500+ Posts

    I tweeted them asking to publish the pictures of the new freshmen. Other than being an obsessive softball player stalker, which I'm not, I can't tell who is who.
     
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  12. HornFinc

    HornFinc 250+ Posts

    Anybody know what happened to Ciera Schick? She is the transfer from Arizona State who joined the team last fall. She was on the 2018 fall roster a week or so ago, but at some point between then and now, she was removed.
     
  13. racerx5908

    racerx5908 500+ Posts

    She's listed as a senior under the UT official (public) directory. I assume that she and the new coaching staff have parted ways and she's going to finish up her education at UT.
     
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  14. racerx5908

    racerx5908 500+ Posts

    UT released their Fall Ball schedule:
    2018 Fall Softball Schedule - Texas Athletics
    7 out of the 8 at home! Although there are two sets of double-headers
    and we (family) typically don't last through two games in a day.
    I guess White is eager to figure out what he's got!
     
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  15. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Softball repping at the Texas vs TCU football game today!
     
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  16. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Taylor Ellsworth tried to dress out for the game today!
     
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  17. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    The softball team was all over the place!
     
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  18. racerx5908

    racerx5908 500+ Posts

    Finally, a 2018-2019 roster (that didn't say tentative) and with pictures was released:
    2018 Fall Softball Roster - Texas Athletics
    I did a comparison to last year's roster and other than Ciera Shick, there are no mysterious disappearances.
     
  19. racerx5908

    racerx5908 500+ Posts

    Another interesting find is the Fall Ball schedule:
    2018 Fall Softball Schedule - Texas Athletics
    It looks like they added 3 more games to the schedule:
    1) St. Edwards - not a surprise but wasn't in the original schedule
    2) Alumni game!
    3) Texas State - not a surprise but wasn't in the original schedule

    And a bonus, 4 of the 8 will be televised on LHN.
     
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  20. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

  21. racerx5908

    racerx5908 500+ Posts

    I was confused by this tweet:

    And then jumped onto the UT page and saw this in more detail:
    Softball to add transfers Elish and Burke - Texas Athletics
    and
    Four months after leaving Oregon, Mike White adds two ex-Ducks to his softball roster at Texas | Hookem.com

    I'm shocked that this is happening right now. I guess this is literally a player following their coach to a new school.

    I was leery of Connie having 5 pitchers and now we'll be back up to 5!

    Elish was 25-2 last year as a sophmore. Wowza.
     
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  22. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh!! I wrote a post earlier this year when Mike White was hired that it would take him 3 to 4 years to build the program at Texas into National prominence. I can clearly see now that he had a different idea! Adding these two players alone is going to make Texas Softball relevant this year! One dominant pitcher and solid hitting can put you in the CWS as we have seen Oklahoma do. Plus in all fairness he did inherit some decent talent. Not CWS level but Coachable. And I have a feeling he and his staff will develop some of these kids right in front of our eyes.
    This is going to be an amazing and fun year to watch Texas Softball!

    Plus He and his staff have also already added 2 new 2019 recruits that had committed to other big name programs! Would be very happy with a few more surprises like this!!
     
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  23. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

     
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  24. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Man this is BIG news!!
     
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    Last edited: Oct 22, 2018
  25. racerx5908

    racerx5908 500+ Posts

    Found an article that gives just slightly more information about their transfer:
    Oregon Softball: Miranda Elish, Lauren Burke Intend To Transfer For 2019 Season
    But the timing makes sense now. There is that new rule that prevents schools from blocking players from receiving financial aid (scholarships) and so they waited until the rule kicked into effect at the beginning of October.

    Within this article is an interesting nugget:
    Of course, the University of Oregon can deny the one-time transfer. The Ducks have removed both players from their roster and will look to fill a key void at pitcher.

    I think IF the Oregon coaches do it, the players have to sit out a year. Connie didn't do that to Jade Gortarez (to Arizona State), but did do that to Rachel Fox (to A&M).

    And I found this buried within Elish's tweet comments:
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    The new coach of the Ducks is the longtime (21 years) assistant from OU, Melyssa Lombardi.

    Reading more about Burke, she was raised in Eugene and always dreamed of playing for the Ducks. The new coaching staff and these two must not have jelled. Hard for me to see the new coach chasing away the star pitcher.
     
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  26. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

    The good thing is that, instead of one experienced pitcher, All Big 12 Left hander pitcher Brooke, now the Horns have a right hand pitcher who is experienced and may end up as the staff ace.
     
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  27. racerx5908

    racerx5908 500+ Posts

    Yeah, I think the order of starters is:
    1. Elish
    2. Bollinger
    3. O'Leary

    Since I only see Oregon on TV whenever it's WCWS time, I don't know how White pitched them. But looking only at their stat sheet:
    2018 Softball Cumulative Statistics - GoDucks.com - The University of Oregon Official Athletics Web Site
    I deduce(?) that Elish was their #2 pitcher with a record of 25-2 (1.2 ERA, 249 Strike/Outs) and their #1 pitcher went 21-7 (1.32, 221 S/O) and #3 was 7-1.

    [I based my guesses as their order by the number of starts each had]

    By comparison, how would we have ranked last year's pitchers?
    1. Von Sprecken 12-11 (1.88, 101 S/O)
    2. Bollinger 13-7 (2.20, 123 S/O)

    This will be exciting!
     
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    Last edited: Oct 22, 2018
  28. UTexRulz23

    UTexRulz23 100+ Posts

    This is EXCITING!!!

    I’m hearing some interesting things from this situation. May not be the only players leaving Oregon.
     
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  29. racerx5908

    racerx5908 500+ Posts

    In a slight diversion: I was looking through some softball message boards and ran across one that said, "What's wrong with A&M". Well, that caught my attention. Seems they've been having some attrition over the summer. Two players gave up softball, but are still students and finishing up at A&M. One is transferring to LaTech and the other one.....is a senior pitcher Samantha Show...going to OK-State.

    The reason I remember her was she pitched against the Horns in the NCAA Regional in 2016 when it was held in College Station. She came in relief in the first game, which we beat them and then started in the third game, knocking us out.

    I remember thinking that this young phenom was the type of pitcher that Connie was missing out on in recruiting due to her "style".

    Looking over her record, she's pitched fewer games each of her subsequent years, so maybe she saw the writing on the wall and transferred to OSU for more playing time? Anyway, someone we'll be seeing this year for sure.
     
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  30. Ellis21d

    Ellis21d JediHorn

    Excellent catch Racer! Always enjoy hearing the Maggies discontent! Texas will be passing them soon in the rankings!
     

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