The St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational is an early year softball event that is presented by ESPN Occasions. This 12 months was the inaugural year for the event. The Invitational highlighted 16 groups. The groups ended up (Coaches Poll ranks in parentheses): (1) Florida Condition, (3) Oklahoma, (6) Tennessee, (8) LSU, (11) Texas, (18) Kentucky, (19) Oregon, (20) Oklahoma Condition, (23) James Madison, (27) Minnesota, (29) California, (31) Notre Dame, (32) Ohio Condition, (34) Hofstra, (38) Utah, and Florida Atlantic. As you can see the area was stacked.
The Invitational just finished on Sunday but by all indications it was a big good results. Coaches appreciate it since it will allow them to measure their groups in opposition to top levels of competition. It also will allow them to play outside the house in February which the weather often doesn’t make it possible for them to do specifically if they are from northern areas of the region. Judging by attendance admirers beloved it as perfectly. A lot of of the periods ended up sold out and there are already discussions about incorporating seating for future 12 months. Finally, it was wonderful for the activity of softball in general since it provided outstanding publicity on ESPN and the game titles ended up generally entertaining.
Florida Condition also benefited. The format was perfect for Florida Condition for a selection of motives. 1st, it was held in the higher Tampa Bay spot which indicates that FSU loved a de facto home area gain. There was a wonderful amount of money of attendance from Seminole Nation at all of FSU’s game titles. Next, it was wonderful for the Noles to be equipped to play (and do so perfectly) in an spot identified to be a hotbed for recruiting. Third, FSU had the likelihood to play a selection of very rated groups. This will support Florida State’s strength of routine and consequently the RPI will gain. These game titles will glance superior to the Committee when it establishes seeding for the NCAA Event. Finally, the Seminoles had the opportunity to exam by themselves in opposition to top levels of competition. These game titles ended up measuring stick game titles and it is constantly handy to have a likelihood to master about your team early in the year.
Even if you didn’t watch the game titles you can likely deduce that FSU did perfectly from the title of this write-up. Florida Condition went undefeated (6-) through the event. The event commenced (for FSU) on Friday early morning. The Noles confronted Ohio Condition and won 3-1. Friday afternoon FSU conquer Oklahoma 7-4. Saturday afternoon FSU defeated LSU 9-1 in six innings. Saturday night the Noles walloped Minnesota 17-6. Finally, on Sunday afternoon FSU took down Florida Atlantic 10-5. Sunday night, in the remaining game of the Invitational, the Seminoles conquer Tennessee 5-2. FSU is now undefeated on the year at 11-.
FSU was the only team in the event to play six game titles. Florida Condition was the only team to go via the event undefeated. The Noles also performed the toughest routine of any team going through all of the other top 10 groups collaborating. The Noles trailed only when all event in the third inning in opposition to Oklahoma but they scored 2 times in the fourth and never trailed again.
Let’s discuss what we discovered more than the weekend.
Reasons for Optimism
This team is actually superior.
I’m not positive if the Noles will repeat as Nationwide Champions again since the NCAA Event is a little bit of a crapshoot. Even so, I am positive that they have as superior a likelihood as any team the nation.
Primarily based on this weekend we have to start off with the offense. FSU hit 15 homeruns more than the six game titles (41 innings). The homeruns ended up hit by 9 different players which indicates that the Noles have pop throughout the lineup. The offense was basically magnificent this weekend.
The lineup was remarkably stable: (1) Cali Harrod ss, (2) Carsyn Gordon 1b, (3) Sydney Sherrill 3b, (4) Elizabeth Mason rf, (5) Anna Shelnutt c, (6) Dani Morgan cf, (7) Zoe Casas lf, (8) Cassidy Davis dp, (9) Leslie Farris or Morgan Noah 2b (platoon). There are no breaks for the opposing pitcher in that lineup. FSU isn’t likely to hit 15 homeruns each and every weekend but that lineup will be a challenge for any team that the Noles deal with this 12 months.
For the first time in her profession Meghan King is the unquestioned ace of this employees. As she proved in the postseason previous 12 months, the redshirt senior has matured into one of the most effective pitchers in the nation. This weekend she confronted Ohio Condition, LSU and Tennessee likely 19 innings and giving up 4 earned runs (1.89 Era) with 24 strikeouts. She was only in authentic problems when in the full event (the fourth inning in opposition to Tennessee) but Dani Morgan had her again. It was a wonderful observe up to her virtuoso Women’s School Entire world Collection efficiency.
The defense was generally superior this weekend. Naturally Morgan’s unbelievable catch referenced higher than will get the headlines (it was #3 on ESPN’s top performs) but FSU only dedicated 5 mistakes in the event. There are rather a number of players in different positions this 12 months so only acquiring 5 mistakes is not negative.
Reasons for Problem
Florida Condition just generally blew away one of the toughest fields in softball this side of the WCWS. There actually aren’t any big motives for issue primarily based on this remarkable efficiency unless you interact in significant nitpicking. So let us label the future segment:
The selection two pitcher guiding King is a little bit unsettled. In buy to truly feel superior about their likelihood to repeat the Noles will have to come across reliable support for King on the pitching employees. The superior news is that there is surely expertise available. The contenders for the 2nd spot on the employees are Cassidy Davis, Kathryn Sandercock, Kara Bilodeau and Makinzy Herzog. Primarily based on this weekend the jury is still out on the freshman Herzog who didn’t play thanks to an ankle personal injury and Bilodeau (transfer from Auburn) who only pitched a few innings. Davis is a junior and she is much more of a identified commodity for FSU. She pitched perfectly this weekend likely 5 innings and giving up 5 earned runs. Sandercock was a 5-star recruit and she confirmed her expertise this weekend. She went 14 innings and gave up four earned runs (2.57 Era). That was an remarkable efficiency for a accurate freshman in opposition to this form of levels of competition. It is still a little bit early to forecast who head mentor Lonni Alameda will finally faucet to be the #2 on this employees but primarily based on what we observed this weekend FSU will have expertise to decide on from when producing the determination.
As reviewed earlier, FSU was superior (not wonderful) defensively this weekend. There ended up some blunders in the area but they didn’t damage the Noles thanks to the offensive explosion and the generally outstanding pitching. To be positive the Seminoles sent some net gems (Dani Morgan’s catch and a wonderful diving catch from Elizabeth Mason ended up two illustrations) but there ended up blunders as perfectly.
The Noles highlighted a lineup with 8 and a half returning players. The half refers to the actuality that there was a platoon at 2nd base for most of the weekend. Freshman Morgan Noah commenced for most of the weekend but she was changed in the center of the game by junior Leslie Farris. Even so, Noah had a few of difficulties in the area in opposition to Florida Atlantic and Alameda went with Farris for the full game in opposition to Tennessee. Sydney Sherrill was the normal 2nd baseman previous 12 months but with the graduation of Jessie Warren she has moved to third leaving 2nd base a little bit unsettled. Likely forward FSU will have to make a decision no matter whether to proceed with the platoon or decide on Farris or Noah to be the normal at 2nd base.
This was an particularly productive weekend for FSU. The Noles ended up equipped to play perfectly in entrance of a countrywide viewers earning wins whilst actively playing an exciting model of softball. Of class the wins are the most vital detail and getting a few top 10 victories will glance mighty superior to the committee. At 11- this year is off to a pretty robust commence. It won’t be simple but primarily based on this weekend Florida Condition seems to have the merchandise to mount a pretty robust run at a repeat Nationwide title.
Up coming Video game
Florida Condition will welcome South Alabama to the Seminole Softball Complicated on Wednesday. The first pitch will be at 6pm.