Thursday, May 30, 2013

WCWS Team Blurbs

I only did the full team profiles for the teams I picked to make the "final four", but here's some info on the other four teams, as well:

Texas Longhorns - Offensively, it's a tale of two Taylors. Hoagland is the catalyst of the entire offense, while Taylor Thom enjoyed a tremendous breakout campaign this year. Both pretty much do it all - hit for power, average, extremely quick on the base paths. Both are going to need to significantly add to those great stats if they are to remain in OKC past Saturday... pitching-wise, it's all Blaire Luna. Kim Bruins is the Longhorns' #2, but she saw far, far fewer innings than Luna on the year. Due to previous history, I'm still not 100% entirely convinced that Luna has completely managed to turn her "choking" ways around, but she has done extremely well so far in this postseason, and if Texas is to advance, she'll have to keep putting up the insane statistics - like a no-hitter in the Super Regionals against a very good Florida State team...

Nebraska Cornhuskers - The Edwards twins are the catalysts of the Nebraska offense, and Tatum anchors the pitching staff. The twins were the only two Cornhuskers to register double-digit home run totals, as well as two of just three on the team to register a slugging percentage over .500. Taylor is apparently the team's resident ball magnet, wearing a pitch fourteen times through the course of the year... on the pitching side, Tatum registered almost a hundred innings more than her nearest 'competitor' on the squad. A sub 2.00 ERA and an opponents' batting average of .193 tell the story: Don't count Nebraska out prematurely as long as the Edwards twins are around.

Washington Huskies - Two words: Kaitlin Inglesby. The ace of the Huskies' pitching staff and also one of their best hitters. Inglesby was just named a first-team NFCA All-American, and was well-deserving of the honor. She won 22 games from the circle and eleven home runs while registering a batting average of .361 on the year. Bryana Walker provides solid pitching depth, which is always a plus in OKC... other than Inglesby on offense, the Huskies also boast the bats of Victoria Hayward and Hooch Fagaly. Fagaly registered a team-leading .657 slugging percentage, while Hayward's .378 batting average and perfect fielding percentage are tops on the squad.

Arizona State Sun Devils - When you think of Arizona State these days, there's obviously a few names that come to mind. Dallas Escobedo is the anchor of the team from the circle, and her opponents are batting just .185 against her on the season. She got lit up against Kentucky in the Supers, to the tune of four solo home runs in game one of the series, but her team gave her enough backing to get the W... offensively, Amber Freeman and Cheyenne Coyle are two of the most dangerous hitters in the country. Both registered batting averages of almost .370, while also clubbing 18 (Freeman) and 20 (Coyle) home runs. Between the two, they knocked in 127 runs. JUST BETWEEN THE TWO OF THEM! Coyle's slugging percentage is just a bit higher, .795 as opposed to Freeman's still-great .739 percentage. Freeman's very good behind the plate, only making one error while recording 313 put outs. Coyle is not as sure-handed defensively, but does provide a base-stealing threat that Freeman does not. Between the insane offense and still-solid pitching of Escobedo, ASU won't go quietly into the sunset.

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