Softball Notebook

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Secret of College’s Best Teams: Defense!

Florida Did It Best in 2017
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
The NCAA website keeps a pretty dynamite archive of statistical data from the prior season based on team and individual performance. It keeps rankings for 12 stat categories. The team stat categories range from practical ones, like team scoring and team home runs per game, […]

Big 12 is Best College Softball Conference

2017 NCAA Playoff Stats Tell the Tale
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Lucky for all you softball fans out there, in my free time I like to prepare softball data for analysis. This time I went through every game of the 2017 NCAA playoffs and tallied the victories per team. I then matched up the teams […]

California Dominates NCAA Softball Rosters

Almost One-Third of Players on Top College Teams Hail from The Golden State
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
As a fan of NCAA softball for over 10 years, I have visited the web pages of hundreds of college teams and looked through the rosters of dozens of teams. Each time I look at a different […]

Oklahoma Does It Again!

Defeats Top-Ranked Florida for Second-Straight NCAA Title
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Ranked #1 through nearly the entire 2017 season and replete with first-class pitching and hitting, the Florida Gators were odds-on favorites to win it all this year. The Gators were eager to comply, looking to avenge last year’s early exit in the Super Regional despite […]

Does Beaning Batters Lose Games?

Intentionally Hitting Batters May Not Affect Victory
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
Intentionally hitting batters has a special place among the unwritten rules of professional baseball.  If you slide too hard into the 2nd base, if you showboat after a big hit, or if you accidentally “plunk” the other team’s best player, the other team’s pitcher is guaranteed to retaliate […]

James Madison—Playing with the ‘Big Boys’

Mickey Dean Builds an Elite Program at a Midsized School
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
James Madison softball is one of the best stories going in the softball world right now.
James Madison is a midsized school of 19,262 students in the mountains of north central Virginia.  James Madison is relatively new to the softball world—it has only had […]

College Strikeouts Drop by 30%

Are NCAA Pitchers Getting Worse?
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
When I first started following pro softball seriously there were three super pitchers in the game: Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman, and Monica Abbott. These three pitchers were absolutely electric and could singlehandedly shut down opposing offenses. What made them so great was their ability to consistently […]

Do Smarter Players Win More Games?

Academic Ranking May Be Irrelevant
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
On the surface, it makes sense. There is a lot of intelligence required to be a great softball player. Being able to think through and predict possible outcomes by studying tendencies, making an intelligent guess on an upcoming pitch type, anticipating where a ball might be […]

Does Defense Win Championships?

The Right Stats Prove the Importance of Big D
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
You don’t have to be around the sporting world too long before hearing “offense wins games, defense wins championships.” And on its face, it seems plausible. If you have a great defense, your team will be in every game and have […]

Hitting Superstars of Tomorrow 2017

Collegiate Batters Poised for Glory
By Daniel Urban
TSC Analyst/Contributor
It’s that time again!  Time to crown our NCAA hitting superstars of tomorrow for 2017.  We have a very talented list this year featuring players from big and small schools from all over the country.  So without further adieu let’s get on with it!
Jessica Warren
Florida State - INF […]

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