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SOU wins again, major upsets elsewhere

Touch 'em all

Raiders celebrate as Tayler Walker rounds the bases after crushing a home run to left center

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @taylerrwalkerr

The Raiders will play tomorrow at 11 a.m. They need win only once. Their opponent will need to win two in a row.

Around the NAIA, #1 Oklahoma S&A, #2 Marian, and #5 Lindsey Wilson all lost (although none have been eliminated yet). Oregon Tech is undefeated as well.

NAIA Softball Opening Round predictions

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Tayler Walker

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @taylerrwalkerr

Game times are posted here.

Let’s take a look at what Massey “thinks”. Massey dropped the Raiders from the #4 spot after the two losses to College of Idaho a couple weeks ago. However, the Raiders have risen back to #5 on Massey after winning the conference tournament without a loss. The coaches left the Raiders at #4.

2019 Massey NAIA Softball rankings (May 9, 2019)

The coaches have Hope International at #11, but Massey has them at #14. Massey and the coaches disagree on Marymount and Taylor as well. The coaches have them at #30 and #28 while Massey has them as #20 and #35.

Massey gives the Raiders an 80% chance of beating Taylor, 72% chance against Marymount, and 68% chance against Hope. I’m not sure what chance that gives the Raiders in a double-elimination format, but probably a number well over 90% against these three teams. According to Massey, SOU has had a more challenging strength of schedule than their three opening round opponents. Oregon Tech and Corban are both in Massey’s top 20, and the Raiders went a combined 12-1 against them.

Murderers’ Row

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2019 SOU softball starting lineup

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“Murderers’ Row” refers to the 1927 Yankees, who batted a combined .307–shy of the Tigers’ record .316 in 1921. League averages were much higher then (about .290–similar to the NAIA softball average–compared to about .260 in recent decades for MLB).

Flash forward almost one hundred years to this group. They are hitting a combined .369 as a team (and even higher for this starting crew of nine). That puts them at #2 in the NAIA among teams with over 1,500 plate appearances (and #4 if that number is lowered to 1,300). In the 10-team Cascade Conference they have five of the top 12 hitters and all nine are in the top 25.

We’ll find out later today what three teams will be coming to Medford next week to try to prevent the Raiders from moving on to the NAIA Softball World Series in Springfield, Missouri. Last year SOU went in as the #8-ranked team (and knocked off #15 St. Francis to move on). This year they will likely go in ranked #4 or #5 and face two teams lower in the rankings as well as an unranked team.

Team of the Week

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Details here.

Players of the Week

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Tayler Walker gives Allie Stines a high five after one of Allie’s nine runs scored

@allie_stines @SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @gabbysandoval14

Details here.

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Gabby Sandoval

#1 seed

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#1 Tayler Walker

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The Raiders are the #1 seed in the NAIA Softball Opening Round. The opening round will take place May 14-16 at Medford’s U.S. Cellular Community Park. Game time on May 14 is 1:30 vs. Simpson.

CCC Team of the Week

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2018 SOU Softball Championship Team

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Details here.

Gameday!

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Tayler “Stretch” Walker

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @taylerrwalkerr

A win at 2 today will put the Raiders in the Championship Game tomorrow.

“more memorable afternoons… in team history”

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Tayler Walker

@SOURaiders @SOU_Softball @taylerrwalkerr

When Karlee Coughlin came up to bat with two outs and runners on second and third in the final inning of the 0-0 game one of today’s doubleheader against #7-ranked Corban University I heard someone say, “they are crazy if they pitch to her.” After a 2-0 count we all agreed that they weren’t pitching to her. As it turns out, they were (since Tayler Walker was just as much of a threat batting behind her). They threw Karlee strikes later in the count, and she delivered–one of two walk off wins for the Raiders (three walk-off wins in the series). More details here.

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