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Clearwater will likely be the team’s first big test of the year and a good gauge for the season.

We should beat Wisconsin and TT. Neither even made the NCAA tournament in 2021. Wisconsin returns basically everyone from last year’s bad team, and TT loses everyone from last year’s awful team. 

The USF game will likely be a toss up if they throw Corrick. She can shutdown good teams and has wins against good opponents in the past. However, they don’t have much else in the circle or at the plate.

I would be very surprised if we beat UCLA or Texas. Both are very good hitting teams. UCLA lost less offensive production from last year’s team, but Texas returns some very good hitters. From a pitching perspective, Faraimo (UCLA) is probably the 2nd / 3rd best pitcher in the country, but the rest of their staff hasn’t been asked to do much in the past. Texas doesn’t have anyone as good as Faraimo, but their two best pitchers (Dolcini and O’Leary) are probably better than UCLA’s number 2. 

Penta, Dismukes, and Yarbrough should be able to handle TT and Wisconsin. I’d definitely throw Lowe against USF to try to get a third win in Clearwater. I am unsure how you handle pitching against UCLA and Texas. I doubt we see either team’s ace in the circle. Do you pitch Lowe against the better #2 pitcher but not as good hitting team (Texas) or do you throw her against the better hitting team who sometimes struggles with lefties but has a little worse #2 (UCLA)? It’ll all depend on early season results and scouting, but as of now, I think you pitch Lowe against Texas then let the other three each see the UCLA lineup once or 2-3 innings max. 

Of course, all will depend on if we are improved at the plate. I have higher expectations than last season, but I think we are still a year away from a run at WCWS with the logjam of COVID players. 

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3 hours ago, Jad0003 said:

Clearwater will likely be the team’s first big test of the year and a good gauge for the season.

We should beat Wisconsin and TT. Neither even made the NCAA tournament in 2021. Wisconsin returns basically everyone from last year’s bad team, and TT loses everyone from last year’s awful team. 

The USF game will likely be a toss up if they throw Corrick. She can shutdown good teams and has wins against good opponents in the past. However, they don’t have much else in the circle or at the plate.

I would be very surprised if we beat UCLA or Texas. Both are very good hitting teams. UCLA lost less offensive production from last year’s team, but Texas returns some very good hitters. From a pitching perspective, Faraimo (UCLA) is probably the 2nd / 3rd best pitcher in the country, but the rest of their staff hasn’t been asked to do much in the past. Texas doesn’t have anyone as good as Faraimo, but their two best pitchers (Dolcini and O’Leary) are probably better than UCLA’s number 2. 

Penta, Dismukes, and Yarbrough should be able to handle TT and Wisconsin. I’d definitely throw Lowe against USF to try to get a third win in Clearwater. I am unsure how you handle pitching against UCLA and Texas. I doubt we see either team’s ace in the circle. Do you pitch Lowe against the better #2 pitcher but not as good hitting team (Texas) or do you throw her against the better hitting team who sometimes struggles with lefties but has a little worse #2 (UCLA)? It’ll all depend on early season results and scouting, but as of now, I think you pitch Lowe against Texas then let the other three each see the UCLA lineup once or 2-3 innings max. 

Of course, all will depend on if we are improved at the plate. I have higher expectations than last season, but I think we are still a year away from a run at WCWS with the logjam of COVID players. 

Texas has to play Florida State before us on Friday, and on Saturday, UCLA has to play Texas later that day. It's possible that AU will face both teams' #2 pitchers since they both have bigger opponents on those days. 

Interesting conversations about AU pitching. Hopefully we will have more save situations this year if the offense is improved so that Penta and Lowe can relieve  each other. They are so different (spinny lefty vs flame throwing righty). 

Corrick is a beast and a true workhorse for USF. She has British heritage and is the ace of the Great Britain national team so she's used to getting the ball almost every game. 

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On 11/19/2021 at 2:58 PM, all4AU said:

Texas has to play Florida State before us on Friday, and on Saturday, UCLA has to play Texas later that day. It's possible that AU will face both teams' #2 pitchers since they both have bigger opponents on those days. 

Interesting conversations about AU pitching. Hopefully we will have more save situations this year if the offense is improved so that Penta and Lowe can relieve  each other. They are so different (spinny lefty vs flame throwing righty). 

Corrick is a beast and a true workhorse for USF. She has British heritage and is the ace of the Great Britain national team so she's used to getting the ball almost every game. 

I tend to agree with Lowe getting a nod for UCLA or Texas. Penta will do good throwing the games against mid-majors. Throwing hard and flat does NOT get it done. Liked the pitching and offense in the fall this year.  Didn’t Yarbrough throw against UCLA out in California in 2020 prior to covid...it will probably be Lowe, Yarbrough, Dismukes, Penta ..... IMO

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I didn’t get to watch any games during fall ball, so I can’t comment on how players looked compared to the 2021 season. However, I expect to see improvement from all four pitchers this coming season. The three freshman performed very well last year, especially when you consider the impacts of COVID on rosters. We will still see a few teams with a strong super senior presence, but our pitchers will also have more experience. 

@AU1947 - I also think Penta has the most room for growth based on her potential upside. She struggled mid-season when SEC play started. I speculate she had a scare with a ball almost hitting her around this time because she added a mask and was very jumpy when contact was made. Her mother is her pitching coach, so I imagine they spent a lot of time this summer working on her control, developing her off-speed, and improving her mindset. 

I still think Lowe and Penta will be the top 2 pitchers with Dismukes in the closer role, but Yarbrough is a wildcard to me. If she can return to mid-season 2020 form, she will challenge for starts in the circle. The more Dean can spread out innings across all pitchers, the better chance we have in the postseason. 

But as always, it will come down to if we can score runs to help them. 

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9 hours ago, slot canyon said:

In my opinion, it’s a pretty disappointing non-conference schedule. Texas, UCLA, USF, and Kennesaw State are the only non-conference teams on the schedule who made the NCAA tournament last year. SEC play should help with strength of schedule, but we will need to win a few series wins to solidify our spot in the tournament.  

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