It's been a while since we have had top rated pitchers. It seems we have always had some good hitters and good fielders but pitching has kept us from going all the way. Nice job softball coaching staff.
Holloway is only 5'3" tall and apparently is not a power pitcher. She must have good stuff and good control. I guess that 2019 recruit, Alex McManus from Arkansas, can really bring it.
the pitchers are usually the tallest on the team. For example Kleist, the ace on the Ducks, is 5-11 and the other two Elish and Balint are both 5-8. CWS champ Oklahoma's ace Paige Parker is 5-11 and their other two pitchers are 5-10 and 5-8.
Still Florida's senior ace Delaney Gourley went 65-10 over her career is only 5-4. Her last two yaers she had 40 wins and her ERA was .72. She pitched 7 games in this years NCAA post season where she was 5-0 in 38.2 innings. She pitched 8 innings in the epic 1st game against Oklahoma, giving up 2 run in a no decision. She finished the second game in relief giving up one run in another no decision. Florida lost both games by 1. Still she ended her career with 2 national championships.
Wouldn't it be fun if 5 ft 3 Hollloway had a career like 5 ft 4 Gourley. Just wishing.
a critical component in generating velocity. Hopefully she has very long fingers which is the key component in spinning the ball. There is a bio-mechanical reason successful D1 pitchers with her size are an anomaly. I would like to know what other D1 schools offered her. I wish her the best.
who was a freshman pitcher on the Ducks team that lost in the semifinals in the Wolrd Serries to eventual National Champions. Elish ended 12-0, 1.79 ERA and batted .276 on the Ducks. She also came up big in the post season, winning 3 including a complete game shurtout int the regional clincher against Wisconsin, a relief win in the super clincher against Kentucky, and starting win against Baylor in the CWS and she piched 1 1/3 shutout innign agianst Oklahoma but after they gave up the lead.
Hopefully Crown Point delivers another gem and Holloway is as good as Elish. Withher and those other recruits maybe ND can get themselves past the regionals and all the way to the series.
Oregon has proven coaching.
Notre Dame retains the same coaches and expects a different result. Historically, changing softball players at Notre Dame has no effect on the desired outcome.