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Old 02-06-2017, 03:00 PM   #1
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Can spring be far behind! Season starts this Friday Feb 10 at 2:45 vs Toledo in the Dome. 7 teams, 17 games over 3 days. Most notable team is Wisconsin, though they've fallen off a bit since making the WCWS a couple of years ago.

http://www.unipanthers.com/schedule.aspx?path=softball

Panthers return a lot of veterans, but the graduations of seniors Ross and Wnek leave us without an established #1 pitcher, and seriously diminished HR power. Still, we're pre-season picks for 4th place, which is fair IMHO.

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Old 02-07-2017, 09:59 AM   #2
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We are consistently under represented on the all conference team, we have no preseason selections, but yet we always seem to be in the top 3 teams
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Old 02-11-2017, 12:20 PM   #3
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Split yesterday with a tough 1-0 loss to Wisconsin. Today's games are on ESPN3. 2:45 vs Montana and 9pm vs South Dakota State.
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Buchanan threw a two-hit, 8-0 shutout against Toledo. Then Lange the tough-luck loser against Wisconsin giving up two hits in the first inning, sandwiched around a sacrifice bunt, for the game's only run and no-hitting them the rest of the way with eight strikeouts. UNI had four hits but couldn't bunch them together to score.
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It seems this tourney continues to get more high profile teams in it (and more geographic diversity). Would this be correct?
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Old 02-12-2017, 02:03 AM   #6
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Panthers win two more today with a 10-2 rout of the Montana Griz, with Varriano hitting two home runs, including a grand slam to end the game with the 8-run mercy rule; then a 3-2 come from behind victory over South Dakota State on back to back home runs in the bottom of the sixth by Lange (2 runs) and solo shot by Wolfe. UNI now 3-1 in the tourney, outscoring opponents 21-5, with their final game at 2:45 Sunday afternoon against Nebraska-Omaha.
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:54 AM   #7
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Good to see UNI beat Montana in something, at least. They're an interesting case, the program was started in 2015, and was able to win 29 games last season, featuring a lot of players from California and Washington. They are hosting their own tournament in mid-March, at a new facility featuring FieldTurf.

The color commentator for the TV broadcast is the old sister of UNI pitcher Jaci Spencer, Jaydn, who played at Alabama and was the reason the Tide appeared in our tournament a couple of years ago.

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Excited that the team is back in Cedar Falls next weekend. I may have to check them out on April 1st.
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It was a tough series this weekend, we led all 3 games going into the bottom of the 7th, but only won one. Very surprised that coach Jacobs left Lange in to get pummeled, after she'd pitched a complete game yesterday. Spencer was available, and Buchanan did not pitch at all over the weekend.

There is more in-state action for the Panthers this week, playing the Clones in Ames Wednesday.

BTW, those with interest in MVC softball and access to WatchESPN via phone/tablet/Roku/etc can watch most games both live and via replay. It was amusing to watch the Shox beat up on Drake last weekend.

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I just don't understand. UNI has a 5-0 lead into the 6th and we face bases loaded with no outs. Coach Jacobs makes no changes and we lose 6-5

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The Sycamores looked like the 69 Mets in the 7th inning of game 3. 2 pitches that they smashed were not close to being strikes, ground ball single off the glove of a diving infielder, misjudged ball by the OF, recovered for the catch, but off balance for the throw. Not UNI SB? Also noticed we're 9th in the MVC for batting average, usually in the top half. I too wondered about bringing Buchanan in to pitch. Beat ISU on Wed!
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True measure of a program's success is when the fan forums start second guessing the coaching decisions.
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:20 PM   #13
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We have two or three starters batting under .200 also. Used to never see that. OTOH the staff ERA has been a pleasant surprise with Spencer. Pitching-wise we aren't missing Ross as much as I thought we would. We are REALLY missing her bat, as well as Wnek's.

Drake has started out the MVC 0-6 due to their stud pitcher Newman being unavailable (injury presumably). However, ISURed has taken up the slack by winning 2 out of 3 at Wichita
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The Sycamores looked like the 69 Mets in the 7th inning of game 3. 2 pitches that they smashed were not close to being strikes, ground ball single off the glove of a diving infielder, misjudged ball by the OF, recovered for the catch, but off balance for the throw. Not UNI SB? Also noticed we're 9th in the MVC for batting average, usually in the top half. I too wondered about bringing Buchanan in to pitch. Beat ISU on Wed!
Another odd twist, turns out the Trees' head coach was fired a couple of days before we got there. The interim coach is in her first season at the college level, and the only other coach is a volunteer buddy of hers.

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UNI Shortstop Sammey Bunch named MVC Player of the week. The freshman had a monster weekend against Evansville. Should be interesting how she does this weekend versus Southern Illinois.
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I watched the Saluki-Redbird series last weekend, lots of hot bats for SIU. Guessing we'll have our hands full.
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Successful "Bark in the Park" day today. We take two from the Egyptian dogs and now go ahead of them into first place. Two complete games, 4 - 0 & 5 - 2. Freshman pitcher from Waterloo, Jaci Spencer, throws the shutout and has a solo HR. Second game was a no hitter going into the 7th. (SIU did score an earlier run with some walks and a fielder's choice.) I believe we had zero errors on the day. Not bad for a team who's roster is almost half freshmen!!

Oh - and the SIU coach was tossed 2/3 of the way thru the second game. Complaining about balls & strikes??
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Is Jaci Spencer related to Jadyn Spencer, who had some success with Alabama (and is now an academic advisor for the UNI athletic dept)?

Also, looking at the softball roster, I see the Krodinger twins are from Festus, MO, the same town as volleyball standout Amie Held. Not that that really has any relevance to anything, I just found it to be a fun fact.
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Outstanding showing by the Panthers against a very good Saluki team. Pitching & defense were exceptional. Would think Varriano, catcher & Brittney Krodinger, 3B are the two best defensive players in the MVC for their positions. Did the umpires announce that they had thrown Blaylock? Saw she was watching from the parking lot & wondered if she had been ejected. Win one tomorrow Panthers!
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Successful "Bark in the Park" day today. We take two from the Egyptian dogs and now go ahead of them into first place. Two complete games, 4 - 0 & 5 - 2. Freshman pitcher from Waterloo, Jaci Spencer, throws the shutout and has a solo HR. Second game was a no hitter going into the 7th. (SIU did score an earlier run with some walks and a fielder's choice.) I believe we had zero errors on the day. Not bad for a team who's roster is almost half freshmen!!

Oh - and the SIU coach was tossed 2/3 of the way thru the second game. Complaining about balls & strikes??
I also heard one of their assistants make a comment later in that game when the ump made a bad call against UNI at the plate saying "At least she is making bad calls both ways."
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Anybody that was at the game have an opinion about the Sammey Bunch getting hit at the plate/foul tip call at the plate?
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Is Jaci Spencer related to Jadyn Spencer, who had some success with Alabama (and is now an academic advisor for the UNI athletic dept)?

Also, looking at the softball roster, I see the Krodinger twins are from Festus, MO, the same town as volleyball standout Amie Held. Not that that really has any relevance to anything, I just found it to be a fun fact.
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Outstanding showing by the Panthers against a very good Saluki team. Pitching & defense were exceptional. Would think Varriano, catcher & Brittney Krodinger, 3B are the two best defensive players in the MVC for their positions. Did the umpires announce that they had thrown Blaylock? Saw she was watching from the parking lot & wondered if she had been ejected. Win one tomorrow Panthers!
Alicia Crivaro played 3rd base in the first game and Brittney Krodinger played 3rd in the 2nd game and 2nd base in the first game. Courtney Krodinger fractured her hand and is out for 3-4 weeks.
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Anybody that was at the game have an opinion about the Sammey Bunch getting hit at the plate/foul tip call at the plate?
Ball hit the bottom of her bat, foul tip.
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Anybody that was at the game have an opinion about the Sammey Bunch getting hit at the plate/foul tip call at the plate?
I was sitting straight behind home plate. I thought it was possible that the ball simply hit the end of the handle. Just a possibility.

The two SIU players that were hanging out over the plate and got hit didn't move an inch.
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Three errors in today's game. Replacing your starting pitcher in the middle of the first inning. We did have eleven hits though.
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The issue wasn't errors. The issue was getting to the ball in your neighborhood.
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Wow! KWWL actually did a story on UNI Women's softball tonight. Unfortunately, it was only due to the UNI-IOWA game in Cedar Falls tomorrow night. They at least acknowledged where UNI is sitting in the conference standings.
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Great conference race this year, lots of balance, will no doubt be another MVC tournament where anything can happen. The worst team overall (E-ville) still has 16 wins and is a game behind us in the standing. The last place conference team (LUC) still has 18 wins overall. Only problem is nobody has a great RPI (ISURed is best at 59), there's a good chance everybody but the tournament champ will be left out of the NCAA again.
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Maybe this is just me and my warped sense of humor but I found it funny last night that in the first inning an Iowa player hit a foul ball and it hit the Iowa team bus as it was arriving back at the stadium driving down the main lane.

I have noticed that UNI has struggled in the first inning in the last two games. They have gotten behind and been unable to recover. Hopefully, they can turn this around for Friday and Saturday.
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Yeah, both times with Lange pitching. Buchannan was throwing in the pen in the first inning Tuesday, but did not come in until the 7th. I thought Lange looked *really* good in innings 3-6.

UNI just tweeted that Friday will be a DH in the Dome, instead of Robinson-Dressier.
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UNI just tweeted that Friday will be a DH in the Dome, instead of Robinson-Dressier.[/QUOTE]

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Maybe this is just me and my warped sense of humor but I found it funny last night that in the first inning an Iowa player hit a foul ball and it hit the Iowa team bus as it was arriving back at the stadium driving down the main lane.

I have noticed that UNI has struggled in the first inning in the last two games. They have gotten behind and been unable to recover. Hopefully, they can turn this around for Friday and Saturday.

That is not only funny, it is delightful! Wish we had hit the Iowa bus!
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Central Iowa Panther fans: UNI @ Drake softball, 4 & 6:30. UNI has won 8 out of their last 10. Go Panthers!
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