FSU Softball Heads To Athens Regional
Posted by William Kristoph
Thoughts On FSU At The ACC Tournament:
- Once again, Georgia Tech handed FSU their collective rear ends. This time it was in the ACC Championship game. As @WFeatherston so skillfully tweeted me, “Well at least FSU scored.” MORAL VICTORIES SUCK.
Thoughts On FSU’s Overall Season:
- In Coach Lonnie Alameda’s second season, the Noles are actually behind what they did last year, when they hosted an NCAA Regional here in Tallahassee. This trend needs to stop next season, Alameda’s third.
- Don’t blame the offense. The bats improved immensely. As a team the Noles are hitting nearly 30 points higher than last year, AND they hit for more power (.419 SLG% vs .366 last year) and they got on base more (.382 OBP vs .341 last year). The power numbers need to continue to go up in the coming years for the Noles to become an elite team.
- Okay, I lied a bit about the offense not taking any blame. Although they hit better, they left a WHOPPING 431 runners ON BASE in 2010. 431! Last year they left only 372 on base for the whole season. On the bright side, they’re getting more on as a function of better hitting, but they need to be more productive.
- Here’s looking at you pitching staff. The pitching started off strong, but then horribly underachieved this season. This year the Noles posted a seemingly good 1.90 ERA, but it doesn’t hold a candle to last year’s 1.16 ERA. Both Sarah Hamilton and Terese Gober regressed from 2009 campaigns, posting worse stats in nearly every category. The only bright spot was that both pitchers cut down on walks, but at the expense of giving up more hits. Plus, we’re not done with the season quite yet.
- Don’t forget about the defense either. I said at the beginning of the season that the Noles would have to play great defense to be an elite team. They did not. In fact, they regressed from last year’s team, posting a FLD% of .967 this year (vs. .971). They’re committing more errors, in less chances and that’s definitely not a good thing.
- I don’t believe we will see FSU rise above the 16-25 area in the rankings any time in the next few years. There is too much talent elsewhere. Pay attention to all of the youngsters contributing on elite teams when the tournament is on ESPN.
On FSU In The NCAA / WCWS Tournament:
- The Noles head to the Athens Regional, where they’ll face national seed Georgia, Radford and Elon. Tickets are on sale if you’re heading that way or already in the area. I’ll have to rely on Gametracker, which means if you send a carrier pigeon to Athens, you’ll get the score before I do. You can purchase tickets on the Georgia website.
- Oddly enough, if the pitching can hold up, the Seminoles have a chance to advance out of Athens and to the Super Regional. FSU beat the Dawgs 4-3, in Athens, earlier this year. They have the talent to do it, but they are inconsistent.
- I think even if FSU gets out of Athens, they still don’t have a realistic shot of heading out to Oklahoma City.
Thoughts On The Selection Show on ESPNU:
- I don’t care who is a hall of famer and who isn’t, but the broadcast crew for ESPNU’s Selection Show was brutal. It was so dead obvious that nobody researched any of the teams that I could have done the show. Just hand me the cue car with the assorted cliches and phrases and I’ll be good to go.
Have any thoughts yourself? Leave me some comments.