Random Thoughts: Score Early & Often

The old baseball adage of "Pitching and Defense" really comes to the front now that the double elimination part of the Women's College World Series is starting. Coach Roy has a few opinions about Northwestern University's next foray into the world of the NCAA Championship and why NU has a good shot of getting to the finals...

I Love Double Elimination Tournaments
I've always believed that the best team wins them because they find a way to beat everyone, even if they have a bad game.

In Softball [and I watch a lot of youth softball from my Pressbox Perch in the Senior World Series] the one player who can dominate a game is the pitcher.

Our Wildcats have shown the ability to jump on pitchers this year, especially late in the game when they've seen the woman in the circle a few times.

We saw it last weekend, U of Massachusets' Brandice Balschmiter shut out the Wildcats for 12 innings, but in the 13th, NU broke through for 2, then 2 more, then a 9-0 "mercy rule" win in the 3rd game. Once the Cats got the pitcher's pattern it was all over.

In the double elimination format, even if the Diamond Girls lose a game, they're probably going to see the same pitcher again. Not necessarily what will happen to their opponents.

You have to remember that NU has two world class pitchers - Eileen Canney and Courtnay Foster. Their opponents won't be guaranteed to see the same Wildcat pitcher twice and they're both good enough to propel the Cats to the finals.

The seniors on this team were all members of Kate Drohan's first recruiting class, they came to NU to win championships and they're lining up to do just that.

Lets go Cats - keep the clock Purple!
-- da Coach

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