[in best Don Pardo voice] And now, a message from Coach Gary Pinkel...
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Gets Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M as Permanent SEC Foes
The Trib (Courtside View): Texas A&M, Ole Miss will join Arkansas as Missouri's permanent rivals
Post-Dispatch: SEC unveils new basketball schedule model
How's it going at the Track & Field regionals?
Absolutely tremendous job done this season by The Trib's Blake Toppmeyer, by the way. This piece is no exception.
6. Will Taylor Gadbois regain her All-American form from 2014?
Gadbois batted .347 and stole 40 bases in 43 attempts from her leadoff spot -- hardly a bad season. Yet, it was a far cry from her breakout third-team All-American campaign in 2014, when she batted .421 with 46 stolen bases. [...]
However, because of Gadbois’ reliance on the tap-slap, infield defenses played on top of her this season, even more so than last year. Third basemen would stand about 30 feet from Gadbois. It put a higher premium on Gadbois placing the ball into just the right spot.
Midway through the season, Gadbois said she had been trying to hard-slap the ball through the infield to combat the defensive positioning. That led to a lot of popups and strikeouts, and she reverted to focusing on her tap approach.
I think a key tool for Gadbois would be for her to become a more effective bunter, giving her a second tool at her disposal. Gadbois does bunt occasionally, but given her speed, I think she could learn to utilize it more. If she could get drag bunts up the first-base line, she’d be difficult to throw out. MU’s No. 2 hitter, Emily Crane, is a master bunter. Maybe Gadbois can pick into Crane’s knowledge.
Because so many other players emerged in 2015, Gadbois' regression wasn't as big a deal as it could have been. But with Kelsea Roth gone, and with Corrin Genovese's departure leading to potential defensive regression, Mizzou's going to need Gadbois to pick up slack next year.
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