Once a coach always a coach and I never want ed to not be prepared for an opponent,so I did what comes natural to me and that’s analyzing the opponent.
We have played some very good offensive teams along the way this yr but none IMO combine Ave,291,Power 83 Hrs,speed 70 SB and tough to K out 409 K better than NC State,they are a combination of Ms State and Tenn.
They have 5 guys who have hit 10+ HR this yr,we have 6.NCS has K out 409(would be 2nd behind MS in the SEC)we have K 537 times,so they put the bat on the ball way better than we do but they only BB 215 times whereas we BB 346 times,they have OBA(on base Ave) of .374,we have OBA of .389.They are very aggressive at the plate but they usually hit it so they are very dangerous.
Stats can be deceiving bc you don’t know what kind of pitching they have seen Fla St ,Va,ND and Miami are the top 4 in the ACC in Pitching and NCS is 4-5 against those teams.
I looked at who had real success against them Duke beat them 1-0 in the ACCT with a RHP with a 6+ ERA,ND beat them 3-2 and 11-2 with 2 LHP with ERA’s of 2.91 and 4.53 respectfully and ND closed out both wins with their closer RHP with 2.83 ERA who totally shut them down 6 IP 3 hits.(but that was 2 months ago)They saw absolutely NO pitching in their regional.They didn’t see either of LT best pitchers in fact LT started that last game with a guy who had a 7.99 ERA and only 2 starts so they ran out of pitching and why NCS won both games handily.
I think the key to beating NCS is controlling their 3 elite Hitters… Butler LH .389,Murr LH .329 and SH Mcdonough .351 Mcdough and Butler have 28 of their teams SB.
I think they will score some runs bc of their power and ability to put the bat on the ball.
Their Pitching is not good at all ERA of 4.91 but do have dependable #1 Johnston(3.90 ERa) has gone at least 7 inn 10 straight starts and judging by his ERA it tells me the offense has had them in those 10 starts.
I think we will score better against NCS,Wick needs to give 6 and then Let Kopps do his thing and we get 5-6 against them and we will take game 1,Lockhart probably game 2 and the game 1 formula needs to repeat.Kopps as always is our ACE in the hole and nobody has seen anything like him so I feel confident in saying the 1st time NCS sees him they will be glaring out at him an talking and giggling to them selves asking how in the world does he do that…
well there you have it…Lets go boys 1 step away from OMAHA…WPS