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Old 06-08-2016, 10:25 PM   #1301
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Congrats to Patty and the entire staff and of course the players. National title number 3! I think more titles are certainly in our future.
Parker was awesome tonight.
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Old 06-08-2016, 10:30 PM   #1302
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Wasn't it Carasone who made the post-game comment after Game 1 something to the effect that "we are just getting warmed up"?

I wonder if she is warmed up yet?
Yes it was Carasone that made the comments in game one presser. She was succinctly complimentary of the Sooners. Ditto for a couple other Auburn players and Myers.


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Old 06-08-2016, 11:21 PM   #1303
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I want to see the play by play summary to verify this. But, it appears that after Rhodes hit the home run in the fourth as a leadoff hitter, Fagan walked. Then, Paige set down the last twelve batters of the game in a row. That is dominance under pressure.
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Old 06-08-2016, 11:29 PM   #1304
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Well, after watching their postgame presser, I'll give the players and the Auburn coach props for being good sports.

Perhaps their postgame presser after Game 1 was their way of trying to pump themselves up, although I still maintain that it smelled of arrogance.

Tough to be arrogant in defeat.
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Old 06-08-2016, 11:32 PM   #1305
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I want to see the play by play summary to verify this. But, it appears that after Rhodes hit the home run in the fourth as a leadoff hitter, Fagan walked. Then, Paige set down the last twelve batters of the game in a row. That is dominance under pressure.
I already am ahead of you on this one, Syb. I went back in the PBP right after the game ended, and after the walk, Paige retired the last nine Auburn batters in order.

Game over.
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Old 06-08-2016, 11:37 PM   #1306
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I already am ahead of you on this one, Syb. I went back in the PBP right after the game ended, and after the walk, Paige retired the last nine Auburn batters in order.

Game over.
Nine or twelve? Four innings, twelve outs.
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Old 06-08-2016, 11:42 PM   #1307
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I found one aspect of their presser interesting, when Kasey Cooper, in discussing ways in which Auburn could improve, talked about offense, but hardly any mention of improving the defense, which was key in the series. Poor defense, which has been our mainstay all year, almost did us in, and I'll guarantee that Pattie will not let up on pounding to maintain or improve our D.

Kasey said something to the effect that if you score more runs than the other team, you'll win. True, of course, but it seemed to me that the emphasis might've been a bit misplaced.
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Old 06-08-2016, 11:45 PM   #1308
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Nine or twelve? Four innings, twelve outs.
You are correct, I miscounted. She retired the last 12 batters. Fantastic performance!
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Old 06-08-2016, 11:50 PM   #1309
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Just loved Paige Parker's expression after the final out. Joy and relief all wrapped up in one. This photo says it all. Wonderful!

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Old 06-09-2016, 12:18 AM   #1310
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I found one aspect of their presser interesting, when Kasey Cooper, in discussing ways in which Auburn could improve, talked about offense, but hardly any mention of improving the defense, which was key in the series. Poor defense, which has been our mainstay all year, almost did us in, and I'll guarantee that Pattie will not let up on pounding to maintain or improve our D.

Kasey said something to the effect that if you score more runs than the other team, you'll win. True, of course, but it seemed to me that the emphasis might've been a bit misplaced.
It's times like these I'm reminded of something my high school basketball coach said to us

"if you give up 40 points you only have to score 41 to win, if you give up 80 you have to score 81"
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Old 06-09-2016, 12:23 AM   #1311
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This series had lots of great plays by both defensive but our defense made more key big plays. But we did see the pressure of the WCWS venue on both defenses. Both teams committed 4 errors in the three game series (1.27 e/7 innings). For the regular season we averaged 0.41 errors and Auburn 0.97.

Auburn scored fourteen runs and OU twelve. Five of OU's runs were unearned. Auburn scored only two unearned runs.
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Old 06-09-2016, 06:42 AM   #1312
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OU Softball Articles from espnW

10 fast facts about Oklahoma's national championship
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Top 6 plays from Oklahoma-Auburn championship series
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A look at Oklahoma's road to the national championship.

May 20: Def. Wichita State 7-2
May 21: Def. Ole Miss 9-1
May 22: Def. Ole Miss 3-0
May 26: Def. Louisiana Lafayette 8-2
May 27: Def. Louisiana Lafayette 7-6
June 3: Def. Alabama 3-0
June 4: Def. Michigan 7-5
June 5: Def. LSU 7-3
June 6: Def. Auburn 3-2
June 7: Lost to Auburn 11-7
June 8: Def. Auburn 2-1
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:58 AM   #1313
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As much as I vented on here about the SEC arrogance of Auburn (and the SEC is arrogant), I have to give them credit. They were very respectful and complimentary during their presser. They certainly are a good team.

And as nicely as this year turned out, the next few hold no guarantees for this group. They must continue to work hard and keep that team chemistry going. Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama and others in the SEC will be working hard, and have legions of talent. And the Pac 12, Michigan and ULaLa, and others as well. OU will have target next year, and will have to be even better, probably much better to replicate this result, or even get close.

But I have high hopes that the returners and next year's class will meld nicely and great confidence in the coaching staff. My guess is this group has more WCWS appearances and even championship series appearances ahead of them.

I hope this can help other Big 12 teams with their recruiting. The Big 12 getting stronger can only help us. I am sure that Patty will continue to schedule as tough a nonconference schedule as she can, to prepare the ladies. It's all up to the team. If they work and play as a family, great things are possible.
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Old 06-09-2016, 09:51 AM   #1314
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I almost guarantee that Lopez will be the #2 starter - she is so good that she might overtake Paige. Yeah, that is right. I think the OF will be Taukelaho in left, Pendley in CF, and Aviu in RF. You can mix in Hatfield and Mendes. I don't know what they are going to do with Lundberg. She is not really an outfielder and 1B is now owned by Knighten.
Just curious. Which schools had the highest rated 2016 recruiting classes? Thanks!
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:00 AM   #1315
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This series had lots of great plays by both defensive but our defense made more key big plays. But we did see the pressure of the WCWS venue on both defenses. Both teams committed 4 errors in the three game series (1.27 e/7 innings). For the regular season we averaged 0.41 errors and Auburn 0.97.

Auburn scored fourteen runs and OU twelve. Five of OU's runs were unearned. Auburn scored only two unearned runs.
Excellent point, which only underscores what I was saying earlier: DEFENSE (along with offense, of course) wins championships.
Sure, you can't win if you can't score, so offense is important, too, but all of the great softball teams I have seen were great defensive teams, and of course had great, shutdown pitchers.

In the bolded portion above IRT to number of unearned runs by each team, I'll take an assist from the other team every time, just makes our team have to score less runs on their own!
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Old 06-09-2016, 10:47 AM   #1316
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Just curious. Which schools had the highest rated 2016 recruiting classes? Thanks!
The Flosoftball ranking I saw before the season had OU with the #1 class but I also saw a later Flosoftball ranking after the season had begun that had Oregon with the #1 class and OU ranked at #4.


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Do we know anything about the all tournament team? Seems there should be some Sooners on it.
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The Flosoftball ranking I saw before the season had OU with the #1 class but I also saw a later Flosoftball ranking after the season had begun that had Oregon with the #1 class and OU ranked at #4.

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Thanks! According to that list, 6 of the top-11 recruiting classes belong to SEC teams. Only 2 Big-12 teams make the top-25 .. #4 OU and #21 Texas.
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Thanks! According to that list, 6 of the top-11 recruiting classes belong to SEC teams. Only 2 Big-12 teams make the top-25 .. #4 OU and #21 Texas.
Perhaps the quality of SEC schools recruiting classes explains in part the reason the SEC had 5 schools in the WCWS in 2015 and 4 schools in the WCWS this year. Also illustrates the difficulty why OU has difficulty getting a high ranking in the RPI playing in the B12. OU's only solution to the problem is to play the toughest non-conference schedule in the country.
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Do we know anything about the all tournament team? Seems there should be some Sooners on it.
The Norman Transcript listed the all tournament team as Paige Parker, Shay Knighten and Sidney Romero from OU; Emily Carosone, Kasey Cooper, Tiffany Howard, Jada Rhodes and Makayla Martin from Auburn; Jessica Burroughs and Alex Powers from FSU and Mysha Sataraka from UCLA.
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Winning hurt our BA and fielding percentage. In the World Series, we were only 42 of 160 for ra 263 BA. That caused us to fall to #2 behind Oregon who lost and got out of the pitching-rich series. OU did not have even one double in the World Series. We hit 6 home runs and a triple, but we had no extra base hits in the finale. As a team, OU had ten strikeouts against Alabama and seven against Michigan. After that, OU only struck out five times in four games. We struck out 22 times and walked 22 times.

Erin Miller was four for twenty-two with no extra base hits. She struck out six times and walked once. She did have a key two-run single against LSU. Hit 182.

Caleigh Clifton was 4 for 17 (235). She also had no extra base hits. She struck out four times and walked four times.

Shay Knighten was 9 for 19 (474), going 0 for 3 in her last three at bats (the lost HR). She had two home runs and 8 rbis. She struck out three times and walked twice. Hitting MVP?

Sydney Romero was only 5 for 18 (278). But, her two home runs did result in four of her five rbis. She walked twice.

Fale Aviu was also 5 for 18 (278) like Sydney. She closed with hits in each of the last four games and two in the finale, driving in the winning run of the CWS. She had 3 rbis. Struck out twice, walked twice.

Nicole Pendley was only 3 of 17 (176). But, she had a triple and a home run. for two rbis. She had four walks and one strikeout.

Kady Self was 6 for 17 (353). She had one home run and 3 rbis. Walked and struck out four times.
Lea Wodach was 3 for 19 (158). She struck out once and walked once.

Kelsey Arnold was 3 for 12 (250). She struck out twice, walked twice, and was hit by pitch once.

We finished second in hitting and fielding.

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Old 06-09-2016, 03:33 PM   #1322
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Winning hurt our BA and fielding percentage. In the World Series, we were only 42 of 160 for ra 263 BA. That caused us to fall to #2 behind Oregon who lost and got out of the pitching-rich series. OU did not have even one double in the World Series. We hit 6 home runs and a triple, but we had no extra base hits in the finale. As a team, OU had ten strikeouts against Alabama and seven against Michigan. After that, OU only struck out five times in four games. We struck out 22 times and walked 22 times.

Erin Miller was four for twenty-two with no extra base hits. She struck out six times and walked once. She did have a key two-run single against LSU. Hit 182.

Caleigh Clifton was 4 for 17 (235). She also had no extra base hits. She struck out four times and walked four times.

Shay Knighten was 9 for 19 (474), going 0 for 3 in her last three at bats (the lost HR). She had two home runs and 8 rbis. She struck out three times and walked twice. Hitting MVP?

Sydney Romero was only 5 for 18 (278). But, her two home runs did result in four of her five rbis. She walked twice.

Fale Aviu was also 5 for 18 (278) like Sydney. She closed with hits in each of the last four games and two in the finale, driving in the winning run of the CWS. She had 3 rbis. Struck out twice, walked twice.

Nicole Pendley was only 3 of 17 (176). But, she had a triple and a home run. for two rbis. She had four walks and one strikeout.

Kady Self was 6 for 17 (353). She had one home run and 3 rbis. Walked and struck out four times.
Lea Wodach was 3 for 19 (158). She struck out once and walked once.

Kelsey Arnold was 3 for 12 (250). She struck out twice, walked twice, and was hit by pitch once.

We finished second in hitting and fielding.
I think a lot of that was due to teams we played in WCWS. Alabama, Michigan, LSU and 3 games with Auburn. Can't get much tougher than that. I also think in the championship series, they began to feel a little of the pressure. But they fought through it to come out with NC.

I also noticed in bios of future Sooners coming in next fall that almost everyone Patty said she loved how they "won championships". I think she'd almost have a player who has won championships versus a little higher ranking that had not won championships. And I've heard her say that before in previous classes. I think that is her key, knowing how to win championships already before they reach campus.
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Old 06-09-2016, 04:24 PM   #1323
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Winning hurt our BA and fielding percentage. In the World Series, we were only 42 of 160 for ra 263 BA. That caused us to fall to #2 behind Oregon who lost and got out of the pitching-rich series. OU did not have even one double in the World Series. We hit 6 home runs and a triple, but we had no extra base hits in the finale. As a team, OU had ten strikeouts against Alabama and seven against Michigan. After that, OU only struck out five times in four games. We struck out 22 times and walked 22 times.

Erin Miller was four for twenty-two with no extra base hits. She struck out six times and walked once. She did have a key two-run single against LSU. Hit 182.

Caleigh Clifton was 4 for 17 (235). She also had no extra base hits. She struck out four times and walked four times.

Shay Knighten was 9 for 19 (474), going 0 for 3 in her last three at bats (the lost HR). She had two home runs and 8 rbis. She struck out three times and walked twice. Hitting MVP?

Sydney Romero was only 5 for 18 (278). But, her two home runs did result in four of her five rbis. She walked twice.

Fale Aviu was also 5 for 18 (278) like Sydney. She closed with hits in each of the last four games and two in the finale, driving in the winning run of the CWS. She had 3 rbis. Struck out twice, walked twice.

Nicole Pendley was only 3 of 17 (176). But, she had a triple and a home run. for two rbis. She had four walks and one strikeout.

Kady Self was 6 for 17 (353). She had one home run and 3 rbis. Walked and struck out four times.
Lea Wodach was 3 for 19 (158). She struck out once and walked once.

Kelsey Arnold was 3 for 12 (250). She struck out twice, walked twice, and was hit by pitch once.

We finished second in hitting and fielding.
Who cares? We won the national championship - Auburn dominated the stats in the WCWS - I wonder how happy they are today.
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Old 06-09-2016, 04:35 PM   #1324
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Who cares? We won the national championship - Auburn dominated the stats in the WCWS - I wonder how happy they are today.
I care. I find it interesting that we had no real busts. We didn't hit 359 like before the tournament. But, we hit well enough, and we didn't collapse against good pitching. Some teams just couldn't handle the pressure at all. They didn't hit or pitch.

Our worst hitter made contributions. The hits that Wodach got were helpful in turning the lineup over, and she was a part of the scoring. Miller and Pendley didn't hit for average. But, Miller had a key two-run single, and Pendley had a key home run and a key triple. We didn't have a bunch of people who were 0 for 20 with ten strikeouts. Everyone made some contribution. Clifton didn't start well. But, she kept getting on base forcing them to pitch to Shay, and Shay was hot.

Shay had some of the best focus that I have seen in this type of series. She was difficult to fool, and she seemed to make up for any deficiency in the next at bat. Her singles were almost as valuable as her home runs. I think she got four rbis off of each.

If I were to prepare the team for the CWS next year, I would show them this. This won. Only one star. But, everyone made something happen. It doesn't take superstar action to win a series. It takes making something happen with each at bat.
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