Post by sballalumni2 on Feb 10, 2017 8:54:44 GMT -6
The season is finally underway! We are already down 3 to 1 to Bethune Cookman bright and early this morning, but hopefully we can make a comeback. All I can follow is the stats, but in the 2nd inning we had runners on 1st and 3rd with our best hitter up (3 hole, returning senior) and the girl on third was thrown out trying to steal home for the third out. Hartley (3 hole, returning senior) leads off the 3rd inning with a homerun! It would have been a 3 run homerun! Know the situation! Early lesson for the base runners.
Anyway, I am excited that it has started and I hope we can find our way to an NCAA appearance this year.
Post by sballalumni2 on Feb 10, 2017 15:25:00 GMT -6
Troy went 1-1 on opening day. Came back from behind to beat Bethune-Cookman, but could not pull out a win against 2016 #145 RPI North Florida. Troy finished last season with a #72 RPI and we just can't afford to have losses against Atlantic Sun teams ranked #145. Unless we can beat ULL in the conference tournament, then we will need an at-large bid and these kind of losses work against you. Purely from stats, it looks like an inning of a bunch of walks given up did us in. I would love to hear feedback from anyone that actually attended the games.
Post by sballalumni2 on Feb 11, 2017 16:20:48 GMT -6
Our pitchers are giving up lots of hits and walks. I am hoping they are just young and will grow as they get innings. Otherwise, this is going to be a long season. It is very early, but I did mention in the off season how bad we needed a transfer pitcher.
Post by sballalumni2 on Feb 27, 2017 12:33:17 GMT -6
I watched the games online, and even though there are no announcers (which is insane because we have a school of journalism, think internship?), my best guess is that our pitch by committee worked on them. The best I can tell, no one as emerged as the ace, so they are constantly rotating the pitchers just trying to piece together 7 innings. We have one very good player, Hartley, who is on fire and she basically won that game with her homerun. The batting is much improved, but 29 errors in 15 games + 3.53 team ERA is not going to win any championships. I have faith that the pitchers are still young and will get better. We are 2-0 against the ACC, 2-3 against the ASUN, 2-0 against the MEAC, 2-0 against the Big South, 1-0 against the Big 10, and 0-2 against the Southland. Of our 9 wins, I believe only one of those teams made the NCAA tournament last season - Longwood. They won the Big South last year, so received the automatic birth.
Post by sballalumni2 on Feb 27, 2017 20:56:12 GMT -6
At this point, I would be happy with one ace. Rainey pitched almost all the innings last year and Affeldt the year before. I think Graves is getting the big game starts as of now, but she is not pitching the whole game. I still can't figure out why we didn't have a pitcher come in with this freshmen class. Rigney is coming off of fall surgery, plus she has been hurt most of her career. The Alabama fans are on other softball websites complaining about their sophomore pitcher Maddie Moore and how she should have went to Troy or UAB. I was like we will take her, send her on down. We have had Alabama pitchers transfer before to Troy. I am pretty sure Meg Willis came in as pitcher, so maybe they should try to get her back to form.
Post by sballalumni2 on Mar 2, 2017 10:32:57 GMT -6
No #2 or #3 pitcher! Graves has emerged as the #1, so either we are going to have to ride her or hope we don't play too many DH's. I am trying to remember if Graves and Glover were Mullins recruits or still Davis/Omara recruits. I think they were both Mullins recruits. Someone on a college softball message board asked me if the luster has worn off on Mullins, and I am still trying to come up with a response. I want to give her time to bring in her players, but the people that have been carrying the team over these last few years are Davis/Omara recruits - Affeldt, Rainey, Hartley. We have some big wins, but no consistency.
troyalumni: I know he got hurt, but wasn't sure if he came back or not. Glad he is ok.
Sept 30, 2017 6:02:58 GMT -6
trojantke: Ya'll ready to beat these Jags or what?
Oct 11, 2017 7:56:52 GMT -6
trojantke: If you get bored during the day, go check out the Jags Jungle thread on score predictions. Needless to say, most of them are apparently drinking vodka for breakfast.
Oct 11, 2017 8:00:23 GMT -6
TrojanFanatic: that vodka must have been really good cause it looks like our bunch stole some
Oct 11, 2017 19:56:46 GMT -6
troyjan95: show me the tweet - would love to see that
Nov 30, 2017 22:51:23 GMT -6
peewee26: As an Enterprise and TROY grad and DB... I’m proud of that!!!
Dec 2, 2017 21:35:12 GMT -6