ballcoach15 wrote: ↑February 13th, 2020, 10:10 am This is a tough schedule, but to reach the "next level", we have to play P5 teams. I recall in previous years, we beat up on Morgan State and TN-Chattanooga in Clermont to open the season, which really didn't prepare us for "next level".Possibly, but again, that depends to a large extent on whether they can maintain morale and confidence in the face of multiple crushing defeats, and although I hope they prove me wrong, it's looking more and more like that is what we are looking at. If scheduling like this was some sort of sure fire path to conference and post season success, every mid major coach would be trying to do it. There are reasons they aren't, although admittedly not all of them have Dot's connections.
In order to win in NCAA Post season, we have to be exposed to the best teams in the country. last weekend, we did a good job of bouncing back after losing our first 4 games. We played well in the win over Ole Miss. We did not look like an 0-4 team.
Many of these teams we're playing early in season, will be the teams we will see in Women's College World Series come May or June. The pitching staff will get better as season progresses. We are starting 5 freshmen. This exposure to Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, UCLA, Washington and FSU will pay dividends down the road.
ballcoach15 wrote: ↑February 13th, 2020, 1:36 pm Many mid major teams probably don't have budget that we have, thus they stay in their backyard.That's really not true. Almost all of them go to Florida early in the season like we do. They don't schedule a murderer's row schedule like this one because they don't see the overall benefit of getting beaten up game after game. In past years we have scheduled several P5 games every year and I'm sure we benefited from facing tough competition. IMHO Dot has gone overboard with it this year. We shall see.
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