bleedCrimson.net will be conducting weekly interviews with Aggie women's softball head coach Kathy Rodolph throughout the 2008 season as the Aggies take aim at the WAC title. In this week's interview Coach Rodolph talks about her freshman class, the non-conference schedule, their goals for this season and the opportunity to play the U.S. National Team.
bleedCrimson.net: For the fans who don't regularly follow college softball can you talk a little bit about college softball, what are some of the differences between softball and baseball.
Kathy Rodolph: In fastpitch softball the pitcher pitches the ball underhand from a lot closer distance than the mound is in baseball. We pitch from 43 feet and the ball comes in anywhere from 60 to 70 miles per hour which means you have about .3 seconds to decide whether its a ball or a strike. It's an exceptionally challenging game because of the shorter distance that we pitch from. Our bases are at 60 feet versus the 90 in baseball so it's a lot faster paced game. In baseball you can lead off while the pitcher still has the ball, in softball you must remain on the base until the ball leaves the pitcher's hand otherwise you're automatically out. The other biggest difference is the distance of the outfield fence. Our fence is 190' in the foul lines and 220' in center field. A lot of fields are 220' all the way around. Our, because of space, putting our batting cages in, we had to go a little shorter in the corners, and the thin air in Las Cruces leads to a lot more home runs than other places. Continue Reading This Post >>