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Behind their #2 starting pitcher, Kaitlyn Menz, the UW women's softball team defeated Missouri 7-2 on Friday in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA 64-team tournament.

The Badgers were scheduled to play regional host Oregon today (Saturday) in the double elimination format.

Game Recap & Video Highlights:
http://host.madison.com/wsj/sports/college/badgers-softball-kaitlyn-menz-leads-wisconsin-past-missouri-in-ncaa/article_ac0a9ec2-cb12-5e13-b12f-5a087d21f1f9.html#utm_source=host.madison.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail%2Fsports%2F&utm_medium=email&utm_content=5D559092085BC880050104111A26A8920ACCC4B8
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formerwiacbaseballer
Wisconsin gets a late night 2-0 win over Illinois Chicago to stay alive in Regional play....

The Badgers now face Oregon at 6:00 PM tonight as they look to win the Regional. They will need to beat Oregon twice in order to advance to Super Regionals.
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safetysqueezepleezzee11
formerwiacbaseballer wrote:
Wisconsin gets a late night 2-0 win over Illinois Chicago to stay alive in Regional play....

The Badgers now face Oregon at 6:00 PM tonight as they look to win the Regional. They will need to beat Oregon twice in order to advance to Super Regionals.


I watched the entire Wisc/Oregon game and thought bucky had it when Oregon had 2 down with no one on base in the 7th. I have seen Wisconsin's young frosh pitcher a few times this year and she might develop into a top pitcher.
She apparently doesn't have a 'changeup' or has no faith in it. The toughest pitch to develop as a fast pitch pitcher and be effective with it is the changeup. She tried to hump it past Oregon's #3 and #4 hitters and it just didn't work. Then on the pitch that she gave up the run on for Oregon's lead in the 8th, she threw a flat rise on the outside of the plate - that is just a 'no-no' in pitching. I believe she had 2 strikes on that hitter in the 8th and was possibly 3-2. I have to think that pitch was called for the inside corner or at least the inner part of the plate, but don't really know. It wouldn't have hurt to walk her. Maybe the pitch simply got away from her too.

I was impressed with Wisconsin this year and esp. the freshman pitcher. I don't think they expected her to be the #1 at this point. I do love how the Wisconsin catcher plays the D, as an old fast pitch catcher. She is fearless. She had the one girl out at the plate, but was 'blocking the plate'(the way the game is called today). I wasn't really sure if blocking was the call or not. She did tag the girl before she touched the plate - that showed in the replay(at least it looked that way to me). It was a pretty obvious block of the plate(she was standing in the baseline prior to catching the ball), but would have been legal when I played. I was actually surprised to see the Wisc catcher do it. Kinda thought that was a no-no in the women's game.
I wonder what would have been called if the Oregon runner had tried to run over Wisconsin's catcher? I don't know how that is called these days, but I am thinking the might have called the runner out for that. Rules have changed over the years to protect catchers.

Strange things can happen but I don't see Wisconsin winning 2 against Oregon. I did see Kleist pitch but the girl who came in after her for Oregon(another freshman) looked really good to me. She had a nice change/drop or whatever one wants to call it. I get sick of hearing every other pitch called a screwball by the announcers in women's fast pitch. Just call it when it is thrown or call it for what it really is - a curveball that breaks opposite to the regular curveball thrown by a pitcher. Both the curve and the screwball are only really effective when a pitcher can make it look like that pitch is going to stay off the plate, then it breaks back and nips the corner. Thrown over the meat of the plate, those pitches are very hittable by good hitters. If these girls/women are throwing as many screwballs as the announcers say, those pitchers are all going to wreck havoc on their elbows. I get the feeling that these announcers think the screwball pitch is some kind of exotic thing. A great changeup pitch is a million times more effective than the elusive 'screwball' in fast pitch softball.
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formerwiacbaseballer
Not sure if anyone noticed, but Wisconsin faced #3 Oregon, and Kimberly alumni Megan Kleist in the second round of Regionals today out in Eugene, Oregon. The Badgers were able to chase Kleist in the middle of the game, and had a 5-3 lead with two outs and the bases empty in the seventh inning.

Unfortunately for the Badgers, Oregon laced a 2-run double to tie the game and after the Badgers stranded a runner at third in the bottom half of the seventh inning, the game went to extra innings. Oregon pushed across a run (which was pretty controversial, as the Oregon runner seemed to be tagged before she touched the plate) in the eighth inning to take the lead and held on for the win.

Had Wisconsin been able to get the last out, they would have been in the Regional Championship with either Oregon, Missouri, or Illinois-Chicago having to beat them twice. Instead, the Badgers will now need to beat the winner of Missouri vs Illinois-Chicago and then beat Oregon twice.

Definitely a TOUGH chore!!!
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