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February 28, 2013

2013 Omaha Softball–Games #15-#19 Preview–Colorado State Classic

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Previews,Softball — Jon Green @ 11:00 am

Omaha’s not traveling south this weekend. Instead Omaha heads West to the Colorado State Classic where they’ll face Bradley, Brown (twice), Colorado State, and Washington. The Mavericks will play twice on Friday, once on Saturday, and twice on Sunday.

There are live stats this weekend! See the Colorado State Classic page for full information.

Omaha vs. Bradley

Matchup

Omaha Category Bradley
13-1 Record 8-6
.306 Batting Average .327
18 HRs 7
.516 Slugging % .456
.408 On Base % .399
21 Stolen Bases 19
5.93 Runs/Game 6.14
1.18 ERA 4.45
1.5 Runs Allowed/Game 5.14
5 Shutouts 1
4.64 Strikeouts/Game 4.50
.183 Opp. Batting Avg. .277
.975 Fielding % .928

Team Info
Bradley was picked to finish seventh in the MVC, the same place they finished last year after a 21-31 season. Bradley played Western Illinois last year losing 5-4. The Braves are led by pitcher Madeline Lynch-Crumrine who has been First-Team All-MVC the last two seasons. She’s been off to a somewhat rough start this year going 5-3 with a 2.95 ERA so far. With these teams matching up in the tournament opener I hope we get to see a matchup of her and Dana Elsasser. Their best hitter so far has been Alyson Clemente who is hitting .524 with two home runs and 16 RBIs. Clemente was named the MVC Player of the Week after she went 10-14 with nine runs and nine RBIs last weekend.

Previous Meetings
Omaha leads the all-time series 2-0. They faced Bradley in the 1989 Northern Iowa Tournament and the 1991 Northern Iowa Tournament.

Date Home/Away Result Score
4/15/1989 Neutral (Cedar Falls, Iowa) W 7-0
4/14/1991 Neutral (Cedar Falls, Iowa) W 3-2

Omaha vs. Brown

Matchup

Omaha Category Brown
13-1 Record N/A
.306 Batting Average N/A
18 HRs N/A
.516 Slugging % N/A
.408 On Base % N/A
21 Stolen Bases N/A
5.93 Runs/Game N/A
1.18 ERA N/A
1.5 Runs Allowed/Game N/A
5 Shutouts N/A
4.64 Strikeouts/Game N/A
.183 Opp. Batting Avg. N/A
.975 Fielding % N/A

Team Info
Hard to believe a team hasn’t their started their season yet but that’s the case for Brown. It’s not unusual for Ivy League schools though as only Dartmouth has gotten their seasons started before this upcoming weekend. Brown was 10-27 last year going 7-13 in the Ivy League. They did not face any Summit League opposition. Brown does boost last year’s Ivy co-player of the year, Stephanie Thompson. Thompson hit .477 last year, 2nd best in the country, and had nine home runs, and 27 RBIs. Thompson, a senior, is 2nd in school history in home runs, batting average, and doubles. Brown’s top returning pitcher is Jessica Cherness who went 7-12 last year with a 5.10 ERA.

Previous Meetings
Omaha leads the all-time series 1-0, winning the only game between the schools 12-0 in Orlando, Florida at the Rebel Spring Games in 1994.

Date Home/Away Result Score
3/25/1994 Neutral (Orlando, Florida) W 12-0

Omaha vs. Colorado State

Matchup

Omaha Category Colorado State
13-1 Record 6-9
.306 Batting Average .262
18 HRs 7
.516 Slugging % .382
.408 On Base % .345
21 Stolen Bases 6
5.93 Runs/Game 4.53
1.18 ERA 4.69
1.5 Runs Allowed/Game 6.4
5 Shutouts 0
4.64 Strikeouts/Game 4.93
.183 Opp. Batting Avg. .306
.975 Fielding % .921

Team Info
Colorado State may be 6-9 but they’ve already played some tough competition dropping a game to #23 Georgia 5-4 last weekend and losing 11-0 to #24 Oregon State later that day. They ended the weekend losing 4-2 to a Syracuse team getting some national attention so don’t let the six game losing streak fool you. On the other hand they lost 4-1 to an Oklahoma State team that Omaha’s beaten and had to go nine innings to beat Kansas City 17-16. The Rams were 28-22 last year going 8-4, tied for 2nd, in the Mountain West while Head Coach Jen Fisher was named coach of the year. They will lean on Kacie McCarthy, last year’s Mountain West Pitcher of the Year. McCarthy is 4-4 this year with a 3.54 ERA. Chelsea Biglow (.196 avg, eight RBIs), Ashlie Ortega (.365 avg, 14 RBIs), and Emily Pohl (.408 obp, three RBIs) are all returning First Team All-MWC selections. Omaha and Colorado State will be both team’s first game of Saturday so a McCarthy-Elsasser matchup could be in the cards.

Previous Meetings
Colorado State leads the all-time series 1-0 as they came to Omaha and beat the Mavericks 7-6 in 1981.

Date Home/Away Result Score
4/17/1981 Home L 6-7

Omaha vs. Washington

Matchup
*These Statistics do not include a game at Seattle on Wednesday night

Omaha Category #18 Washington
13-1 Record 10-5
.306 Batting Average .334
18 HRs 11
.516 Slugging % .478
.408 On Base % .430
21 Stolen Bases 14
5.93 Runs/Game 5.80
1.18 ERA 1.69
1.5 Runs Allowed/Game 1.87
5 Shutouts 4
4.64 Strikeouts/Game 6.73
.183 Opp. Batting Avg. .190
.975 Fielding % .971

Team Info
Washington won the National Championship in 2009 and came in 3rd in 2010. The last two years they have “only” made the Super Regionals going 39-19 last year and just 7-16 in a tough Pac 12 conference. They finished the year ranked 14th in the country and did not play any Summit League competition. They beat #23 Georgia last weekend 14-2! Washington was picked 4th in this year’s Pac-12 and has a couple of strong pitchers. Junior Kaitlin Inglesby was a First Team All Pac-12 selection last year and is 2-2 on the year with a 1.83 ERA. Junior pitcher Bryana Walker is 7-2 on the year with a 1.21 ERA and was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after going 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA including a shutout of then #23 Florida State. The Huskies’ best batter has been Hooch Fagaly who is hitting .439 with 10 RBIs and 12 runs. Inglesby is not just a pitcher, she also is hitting .372 this year with 18 RBIs.

Previous Meetings
This is the first meeting between the two schools.

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1 Comment »

  1. Thanks Jon for updating this info.

    Comment by Vernon J — February 28, 2013 @ 11:04 am | Reply


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