Monica Abbott is destroying softball
June 5, 2007
It was less than a week ago that I wrote about my love of college softball, specifically the World Series.
Well, this year’s competition hasn’t been as exciting. And for that, I blame one person — Monica Abbott.
This is no criticism about how her softball skills. Abbott is having the most dominant World Series I’ve ever seen and may go down as the best college softball pitcher ever, especially if Tennessee wins tonight or tomorrow and gets the championship.
But Abbott has been so good, she’s making these games so uninteresting and unwatchable.
Her game-by-game stats:
May 31 vs. Texas A&M, 7 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 BB, 16 K
June 1 vs. Arizona, 7 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 16 K
June 3 vs. Northwestern, 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 17 K
June 4 vs. Arizona, 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K
TOTAL: 28 IP, 0 R, 12 H, 8 BB, 57 K, 0.00 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, and over half of the batters she’s faced struck out (57/98 = 58.2%)
This is beyond ridiculous.
Obviously, the Women’s College World Series has seen its fair share of great pitchers. Cat Osterman was just there a year ago. But Osterman’s teams never even made it to the finals. As good as she was, the best offenses in the country were able to score the occasional run off of her.
The Lady Vols aren’t exactly offensive juggernauts either. They have yet to score more than three runs in a game at the World Series, only outscoring their opponents 9-0 in four wins.
I haven’t seen the ratings info yet for the World Series yet, but I’d guess they’re down. Fans don’t like 1-0 games where the team with the zero has no chance of scoring at all.
Abbott is turning softball into an individual sport more than it has ever been one before. Something needs to be done to counter this dominance. Move the circle back a foot or two? Make teams use at least two pitchers in a tournament? I don’t know what the answer this, but something needs to change for the good of the sport.
Unless Arizona pulls off a miracle and beats the Tennessee Abbotts two days in a row.