Encouraging start but way to early to draw any conclusions
JMU is way down from their super-senior led WS march last year. I heard their #1 pitcher coming into this year was out with an injury. They put their likely #2 in to start and we hit her hard and bombed everyone they put in afterwards so that was nice to see. Longwood was a better test because they pitched their best and most experienced pitcher against us for most of the game. She held us scoreless until the end but we got something like 6+ hits against her but made a few base running mistakes that hurt our scoring chances (probably by design to be overly aggressive on the bases in fall ball).
It was really nice to see more offensive speed and aggressiveness at the plate and it looks like those providing it among our FY's give us defensive depth where we need it too. Among pitchers I thought Henley (Purdue transfer) did well but not any better than Houge, Rayle & Wooten who also pitched. I expect us to have co-#1 pitch by committee staff this year with match ups dictating who starts.
You can learn something about the teams potential in fall ball but you never really know until the games count. I'm looking to the Liberty games on 10/22 and 10/24 to get a better sense of how we're likely to fare next spring.