Sure Quiet

Discussion in 'Softball' started by flash34, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. flash34

    flash34 250+ Posts

    Regarding softball's 4-4 season start. Is there any optimism that it will get better? The four wins are against second-tier teams and the four losses are against good teams (that we were essentially non-competitive in). Pitching again seems less than in weak. Hitting is ??? Real early but...............
  2. racerx5908

    racerx5908 250+ Posts

    Pitching: When you have 6 (!!) pitchers, you have no pitchers

    Hitting: I think firing Corrie Hill is turning out to be a mistake. Offensive output is way down.

    Newbies: Very impressed with Jenae Jefferson. Here's hoping we don't "ruin" her like we did with others, those that had a breakout year, only to decline each year afterwards.

    I hope the new AD takes a close look at the progress of this team. The recruiting and the play calling has me scratching my head.
  3. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    I will not say insanity, but nothing has changed since Cat left so why expect any improvement?
  4. flash34

    flash34 250+ Posts

    I would love to be a fly on the wall and listen to the discussion between Del Conte and the holdover women’s AD as to what is going on with the softball program and why Clark has been retained over the last 5 years or so. By end of this season, If there is no change in results and no change in program leadership.........something is VERY strange. Corporate world, changes would have happened years what is the criteria?
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  5. racerx5908

    racerx5908 250+ Posts

    The fact that he fired the track coach in the middle of the season was a "Wow" moment for me. It shows he's also looking at what he's got now and the past history of the program. I almost wrote him an email asking him to take a closer look at softball this year. I still might.
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  6. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 2,500+ Posts

    Not surprising, I was going to buy season tickets. All of the game times were listed as TBD so i sent an inquiry because last years games were almost all afternoons which being a working family would be almost impossible to attend games. I didnt even get an automated response and never heard back at all.

    When my daughter attended camp, Clark was involved about 15 minutes for the entire two days giving an opening speech.

    Not surprising the program is this bad.
  7. racerx5908

    racerx5908 250+ Posts

    Last year I exchanged emails with Chris Plonsky. I said:
    1) I have to be waiting at the curb to pick up my kids directly from school and race over to McCombs to make these insane 4:00 or 4:30 or 5:00 games.
    2) The stands are empty because other people aren't as crazy as I am to fight through traffic. Playing to an empty stadium is not good for the "brand"
    3) How are you going to build a loyal following without any live fans?
    4) Is it because of LHN?

    To her credit, for this email and others I've sent her in the past, she does personally respond.

    She comeback was:
    a) some of the times were shifted to accommodate teams such as Texas State who agreed to come up and play and wanted to get back earlier than originally planned
    b) one game was moved up earlier in the afternoon (!!!) to accommodate a fashion show that was being broadcast on LHN (!!!)
    c) sorry, but sometimes we have to accommodate LHN. There is a number of hours that the men and women's teams have to provide content to LHN according to some agreement or contract. So sometimes, they make scheduling decisions based on the slot that LHN has open

    Some longtime seat neighbors have finally had enough and given up their season tickets. There's no worry about seeing a game, they can get tickets anytime because no one shows up anymore.

    Tomorrow, it's projected to be a high of 49 and rainy and the game starts at 5:00. I guess I'll be watching in on LHN and "eating" my tickets.

    I may write the new AD.
  8. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 2,500+ Posts

    I'll give credit that there was an honest response, but to me that sounds like very defeatist, its LHN's fault. That may be a fact, but there could have been some basic attempt to talk about things they are doing to improve.

    After posting I went back to the schedule and I see game times have been posted for the season and it is almost like last year with lots of games in the middle of the afternoon and some weekend games at 11am or noon. I can see none of those games unless I happen to be off those days (I get rotating days off) so I'm glad I didn't take a chance and waste my money on season tix.

    You are absolutely right that getting tickets is not a problem because the stadium is almost completely empty for every game.
  9. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Winning helps everything and covers a lot of warts. Any coach using LHN as an scape goat should be given the option of not having their team on the LHN - and lose their share of the golden kitty.
  10. racerx5908

    racerx5908 250+ Posts

    Hunh? Which coach? Using what excuse of LHN? The discussion was about the funky, inconsiderate scheduling based on some LHN considerations.
  11. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Excuse me. Plonsky blamed LHN so if the women's AD doesn't like LHN - give the women's share to the general school fund..
  12. jusme828

    jusme828 1,000+ Posts

    Texas wins over #20 Michigan, 3-0.
  13. racerx5908

    racerx5908 250+ Posts

    But loses to Wichita State. Leading 5-3, you could see Eric Wright losing her control, walking 2 hitters and loading the bases. I said, "Pull her, pull her Connie. C'mon pull her!!!!!"

    But Connie has always been consistent in leaving in a pitcher one inning too long and just had the serious mound talk with Erica.

    Who turns around and gives up a double scoring 3.

    Connie will never, ever change. Argh.
  14. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    As consistent as the sunrise.
  15. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 2,500+ Posts

    We win against Va Tech 3-2 when we probably should have lost. If the pitcher would keep her foot on the rubber Texas probably never scores the first two runs.

    Blew a 5-4 7th inning lead against Ohio St with a grand salami to lose 8-5.

    Lost to Michigan 4-0 with nothing at all happening offensively today leaving the Horns 6-8 overall.

    It's time for a change, but it will never happen.
  16. racerx5908

    racerx5908 250+ Posts

    I was going to post something but UT Softball has broken my will.
  17. lostman

    lostman 500+ Posts

    A bit late, but just now catching up on this. Just to clarify something...Texas State has not played a weekday game at 4:30 for at least the last three years, as far as I recall. It has always been a 6:00-6:30 game.

    I don’t think they are in any rush to drive 30-45 minutes down the road. :rolleyes1:
  18. racerx5908

    racerx5908 250+ Posts

    My bad.

    I looked at last year's schedule and we had:
    UTSA @ 4:00 pm on 3/08
    McNeese State @ 4:00 pm on 3/22
    Texas Southern @ 5:00 on 4/19

    All Wed games, not Sat or Sun.

    those teams wanted to hit the road ASAP
  19. lostman

    lostman 500+ Posts

    Not your bad, but Plonsky’s. She doesn’t know what her teams are doing and is creating scapegoats where there shouldn’t be.
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