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Old 04-14-2018, 05:29 PM   #1
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Guys I have seen most of OU's games this year (SoonerSports TV) and I have a question of concern.

I have watched our two young pitchers and I can't see where there is much of a bright future with these two young ladies. When Page Parker came in as a freshman she immediately took control of the game but I don't see that with these two. My question is: Does Patti have any other pitcher for the future?

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Old 04-14-2018, 06:59 PM   #2
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Who are you talking about?
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:34 PM   #3
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In fact, she has the number one player in the country coming in out of high school next year and that player happens to be a pitcher! The year after that she also has the nation's number one rated player coming in and her position is catcher. I think we'll be okay, but our best chance to win another title again will be this year, maybe next year!
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Old 04-15-2018, 09:12 AM   #4
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I believe Mariah Lopez was the number one pitcher in her class until she got hurt. You might want to go back and take another look at the Wichita State game before giving up on her. And Brooke Vestal, I believe, is the stud pitcher in next years class. She has been committed since about the 6th grade.
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Old 04-15-2018, 12:00 PM   #5
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Guys I don't mean to be debbie down on these two young ladies but watching the last few games where they have pitched is what I'm referring too. It just seems they don't control the game like some of our past and present seniors have done from the time they came to OU. I realize that youth gets better with age but I will admit I'm not expert.

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Old 04-15-2018, 08:27 PM   #6
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Guys I don't mean to be debbie down on these two young ladies but watching the last few games where they have pitched is what I'm referring too. It just seems they don't control the game like some of our past and present seniors have done from the time they came to OU. I realize that youth gets better with age but I will admit I'm not expert.

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Part of what you are talking about is due to having those two seniors. Paige had to take over immediately and was forced to be the ace when she was a Freshman. These other players like Parker Conrad and Mariah do not get a lot of work with having two seniors. Mariah is experienced and should step up next year. YES, Brooke Vestal is the real deal. The only thing that I worry about is that we won't have an ace lefty at this point but you never know what will happen in the off season.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:44 AM   #7
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Old 04-17-2018, 04:29 AM   #8
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Don't forget when looking at our recruiting prospects to check out our second recruiting group- those currently committed to Mizzou
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:48 AM   #9
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don't forget when looking at our recruiting prospects to check out our second recruiting group- those currently committed to mizzou
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:12 AM   #10
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Gasso has worked the transfer eligibility thing perfectly recently.

OU's been a very nice landing zone for transfers. Integrated quickly, big time success.

Patti needs a starter?? Word will get out.
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Old 04-17-2018, 05:50 PM   #11
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My first reaction to your question is WTF are you talking about. Mariah is number 2 starter. PL is a reliever. Mariah has gotten plenty of work and her stats are dang good.

I think Patty likes having 4 pitchers simply because she wants to be able to mix it up for batters so they donít get the chance to get comfortable with one pitcher. Each pitcher has a different set of strengths and weaknesses.

Parker Conrad is finally getting the coaching she needs and didnít get at Missouri. It was the same for Lowery last year.
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Old 04-18-2018, 04:23 PM   #12
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I know there has been some expression of concern on various websites about OU's pitching in 2019 after Parker and Lowary graduate. While I acknowledge that Lopez has only thrown about half the innings of Parker and slightly more than Lowary we should also note that Lopez's current ERA of 1.17 is quite a bit better than Paige Parker had her first three years at OU (1.65, 1.64 and 1.43). Unlike Parker Lopez's lower her freshman ERA of 2.08 to 1.17 this year. That is a significant improvement. Something Parker never did until her senior season. Hopefully Lopez will make another step forward in the circle in 2019.

The thing Parker brings to the game that is still to be determined about Lopez is how she will pitch in big games with a lot on the line. Parker, of course, has just been money in the bank. Yesterday's game at Tulsa was an indication that Lopez can do it too. I am definitely hoping we see that surface more in this spring's run to a 3-peat.
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