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OU is getting James Madison. JMU is one of three teams in this season's WCWS who were unseeded.

OU and Bama are the only two hosting teams to make it through their Super Regional's without a loss: Bama swept Kentucky and OU swept Washington.

Georgia, one of three unseeded teams is another shock. They finished the season only winning 2 of their last 15 or 16 regular season games. What's even crazier is they held Florida without a run in their Super Regional.

The SEC had nine teams seeded this season, only one advanced to the WCWS.

#1 seed, OU, gets an unseeded team (JMU) to open. (Two unseeded teams on their side of the bracket.)
#2 seed, UCLA, gets an unseeded team (FSU) to open.
#3 seed, Bama, gets the #11 seed Arizona to open
#5 Oklahoma State gets unseeded (UGA) to open.



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TerryP

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I ran across the Tweet below a few minutes ago. I knew they'd beaten Ole Miss (regionals) and Arkansas (super's) leading up to this season's WCWS position. Both of these SEC weren't ranked in the top 25 to close the season.

Looking over their schedule this season the 'Cats have had problems with ranked teams. They lost to #22 UCF, lost two of three in March to #15 FSU, lost three of four to #13 Arizona State two weeks ago, lost two of four against #12 Oregon, and then three of four to #2 UCLA. (They also lost two of two against Washington who made the supers.)

While I've not looked at their numbers yet so far it doesn't "read" like a Arizona team we've been used to seeing.

 

Brandon Van de Graaff

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I ran across the Tweet below a few minutes ago. I knew they'd beaten Ole Miss (regionals) and Arkansas (super's) leading up to this season's WCWS position. Both of these SEC weren't ranked in the top 25 to close the season.

I'm not following there...

Anyway, I think Arkansas, while really good, was overrated (really favorable schedule) and had some things go their way.

Also, it was 12 years ago today that Bama drilled Arizona 14-0 in OKC. I'd like to see that again.
 

Brandon Van de Graaff

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I don't know what the hell I was thinking there with Arkansas. No idea.

All I can say is I was surfing around, been binge watching C.H.I.P.S., and watching softball as well.

And you know what? C.H.I.P.S? They had some hellacious crash's in that series.

Loved CHiPs so much as a kid. Had the rechargeable bike I'd ride around the house and even named our cat Chips at the time.
 

BamaFan334

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After watching all of these teams, Oklahoma is the only team I'm worried about, but very anxious to see if Georgia is still riding that Super Regional wave that made them look very good.
 
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Alabama softball will face Arizona to start the Women's College World Series on Thursday (ESPN, 6 p.m.) in Oklahoma City.

With the No 3 seed Crimson Tide (50-7) looking to win their first national championship in softball since 2012, here are five things to know about the No. 11 Wildcats (41-13).

Mike Candrea is an experienced coach

Arizona coach Mike Candrea has pretty much seen it all. He is in his 36th season coaching the Wildcats. And he has experienced plenty of success. Coming into this season, he had a record of 1,633-421-2 at Arizona, the most wins of any NCAA coach entering 2021.

This WCWS berth is No. 24 with Candrea. Arizona has won it eight times with him at the helm. Arizona hasn't won the whole thing since 2007, though.

Arizona is familiar with SEC softball

The Wildcats are experiencing a run of SEC teams in the NCAA Tournament.

They defeated No. 6 Arkansas twice in the Fayetteville Super Regional. Before that, Arizona beat Ole Miss 12-6 twice in the regional.

Against Arkansas and Ole Miss this season, Alabama finished 5-1. The Crimson Tide lost to Arkansas 4-0 on April 10.

Janelle Meoño is an impressive freshman

Arizona's leadoff hitter, Janelle Meoño, has left an impact in her redshirt freshman season.

She earned the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year after she led the conference with a .442 batting average. She also put together a 27-game hitting streak from March 11 to May 2. That number tied the record for a freshman in NCAA history.

She has eight hits in seven NCAA Tournament games.

Arizona has some powerful bats

The Wildcats feature four double-digit home run hitters.

Dejah Mulipola leads the way with 21. Sharlize Palacios (18), Jessie Harper (15) and Malia Martinez (11) round out the top four. By comparison, Bailey Hemphill leads Alabama with 12. Mulipola, Palacios and Harper are also second, third and fourth on the Wildcats in hits, respectively, behind No. 1 Meoño.

Alabama and Arizona have some history

Arizona and Alabama, and more specifically Candrea and Crimson Tide coach Patrick Murphy, are far from strangers.

The two programs have faced each other 15 times since Murphy took over. The Wildcats are 9-6 in those games, most recently winning twice in Tuscaloosa in 2020.

Alabama and Arizona also have faced each other before in the WCWS. The Crimson Tide has defeated the Wildcats three times in four matchups. Most recently, Alabama ended Arizona's season in 2019.
 
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WCWS gets underway Thursday morning at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium , get to know the eight teams vying for a national title.

The field of eight includes West Coast powers Arizona and UCLA, Bedlam rivals

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as well as an SEC power, Alabama, led by a pitcher named for a state not in the

WCWS (Montana Fouts).

This year's WCWS even includes an unseeded team from Colonial Athletic Association, James Madison. Just don't call them a Cinderella team.

No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners Location: Norman

Enrollment: 31,244

Record: 50-2 (16-1 Big 12)

Coach: Patty Gasso, 27th season at OU (1491-398-3 overall, 1330-339-2 at OU)

WCWS history: 14th appearance. Won four NCAA titles (2000, 2013, 2016-17).

Leading hitter: The Sooners have the top four batters in the Big 12, led by Jocelyn Alo (.487 average, 30 home runs, 82 RBIs) and Tiare Jennings (.485, 25 HRs, 84 RBIs).

Leading pitcher: Shannon Saile (17-0) led the Big 12 with a 1.31 earned-run average in 85 2/3 innings pitched. Don’t forget about Nicole May (13-1, 1.75 ERA).

Short hops: The Sooners will be making their fifth consecutive appearance in the WCWS. OU lost only twice in the regular season, but both of those teams (Georgia and Oklahoma State) are on the Sooners’ side of the bracket. With a win against James Madison on Thursday, OU would face either OSU or Georgia at 6 p.m. Friday.

James Madison Dukes Location: Harrisonburg, Va.

Enrollment: 19,895

Record: 39-2 (17-1 Colonial)

Coach: Loren LaPorte, fourth season (146-32)

WCWS history: First appearance

Leading hitter: Infielder Sara Jubas is hitting .409 this season with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs, but she isn’t the only threat in the Dukes’ lineup.

Leading pitcher: Redshirt senior Odicci Alexander is 16-1 with a save this season, posting a 1.14 ERA with 186 strikeouts in 117 innings this season. She has a career 2.09 ERA in 6131/3 innings pitched.

Short hops: The Dukes are the first school from outside the Power Five conferences to reach the WCWS since Louisiana in 2014. The last time a non-seeded team advanced to OKC was 2012 when LSU and South Florida made it. Georgia is the other unseeded team to advance this season.

No. 5 Oklahoma State Cowgirls Location: Stillwater

Enrollment: 24,649

Record: 47-10 (15-3 Big 12)

Coach: Kenny Gajewski, fifth season (220-105)

WCWS history: 12th appearance

Leading hitter: Infielder Alysen Febrey has 25 multi-hit games this season and is sporting a .409 average with 18 HRs and 59 RBIs, while only striking out 18 times in 176 at-bats.

Leading pitcher: Virginia Tech transfer Carrie Eberle has been the Cowgirls’ ace all season, making 29 starts (with two relief outings) and posting a 1.41 ERA with 153 strikeouts in 1782/3 innings pitched.

Short hops: The Cowgirls, who will face Georgia on Thursday, have two former Bulldogs and Georgia natives on their roster in Febrey and infielder Jordan Doggett. OSU is making its second straight appearance in the WCWS, as the Samantha Show-led Cowgirls went 1-2 in OKC two years ago.

Georgia Bulldogs Location: Athens, Ga.

Enrollment: 29,765

Record: 34-21 (7-17 SEC)

Coach: Lu Harris-Champer, 21st season at Georgia (1,163-428-1 overall, 959-362 at UGA)

WCWS history: Fifth appearance

Leading hitter: Infielder Lacey Fincher leads the Bulldogs with a .338 average and is tied with infielder Sydney Kuma for the team lead with 15 home runs.

Leading pitcher: Mary Wilson Avant is 20-10 with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 197 2/3 innings pitched this season. She is coming off back-to-back complete-game shutouts in Georgia’s sweep at No. 4 seed Florida in the super regionals.

Short hops: Outfielder Jaiden Fields, who had the game-winning hit that ended OU’s 40-game winning streak on April 20, is the sister of Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields. Georgia is 2-3 all-time against OSU.

No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Enrollment: 38,103

Record: 50-7 (18-6 SEC)

Coach: Patrick Murphy, 23rd season (1,147-318)

WCWS history: 13th appearance. Won the 2012 national title.

Leading hitter: The Crimson Tide have four players who have played in every game and each of them can rake. Alexis Mack and Bailey Hemphill are each hitting .416 this season. Elissa Brown (.396, 24 stolen bases) and Kaylee Tow (.369, 14 doubles) are also dangerous.

Leading pitcher: Montana Fouts (25-3, 1.49 ERA) is fourth in the nation with 314 strikeouts in 196 2/3 innings pitched. Lexi Kilfoyl (13-3, 1.57 ERA) is nearly as unhittable, with a .188 opponent batting average.

Short hops: While the top-seeded Sooners can bludgeon opponents with home runs (146 total), facing the third-seeded Crimson Tide is more of a death by a thousand paper cuts. Alabama only has 37 home runs this season but has only allowed 24.

No. 11 Arizona Wildcats Location: Tucson, Ariz.

Enrollment: 35,801

Record: 41-13 (12-10 Pac-12)

Coach: Mike Candrea, 36th season at UA (1,858-503-2 overall, 1,674-434-2 at UA)

WCWS history: 24th appearance. Won the NCAA title eight times (1991, 1993-94, 1996-97, 2001, 2006-07).

Leading hitter: Dejah Mulipola is one of the top-hitting catchers in the country with a .401 average, 21 home runs and 63 RBIs.

Leading pitcher: Alyssa Denham is Arizona’s primary ace, starting 25 games and posting a 1.88 ERA with 106 strikeouts in 137 2/3 innings pitched.

Short hops: Candrea is the NCAA’s all-time leader in softball coaching victories, but this could be the legendary coach’s final rodeo in OKC. He is reportedly under contract for just one more season and the team has been showing signs of affection for Candrea on social media and in the dugout, leading to that speculation.

No. 10 Florida State Seminoles Location: Tallahassee, Fla.

Enrollment: 33,270

Record: 44-10-1 (26-5-1 ACC)

Coach: Lonni Alameda, 13th season at FSU (756-335-3 overall, 599-177-2 at FSU)

WCWS history: 11th appearance. Won the NCAA title in 2018.

Leading hitter: Sydney Sherrill leads the Seminoles with a .313 average in 55 games.

Leading pitcher: Kathryn Sandercock is 24-2 with a 1.09 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 147 1/3 innings pitched this season.

Short hops: Alameda played at OU from 1990-92. .. Florida State’s 1.61 ERA is seventh best in the country. … The Seminoles have won their last six games in Oklahoma City.

No. 2 UCLA Bruins Location: Los Angeles

Enrollment: 31,577

Record: 46-5 (19-2 Pac-12)

Coach: Kelly Inouye-Perez, 15th season (671-178-1)

WCWS history: 30th appearance. Won the NCAA title 13 times (1982, 1984-85, 1988-90, 1992, 1995, 1999, 2003-04, 2010, 2019).

Leading hitter: Brianna Perez leads UCLA with a .364 average and has 13 home runs and 41 RBIs.

Leading pitcher: Rachel Garcia is on the U.S. Olympic team for good reason. She is 17-1 with a 0.95 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 118 1/3 innings pitched this season. Megan Faraimo (19-3, 1.10 ERA) isn’t a bad No. 2 starter.

Short hops: Outfielder Bubba Nickels, UCLA’s other Olympian, is hitting .353 in 24 games this season as she comes back from injury.
 

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THIS WEEK: WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES​

  • Oklahoma City – USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium
  • Thursday, June 3 vs. Arizona – 6 p.m. CT - ESPN

SCOUTING ALABAMA​

  • Third-seeded Alabama earned three shutout wins in last week's NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional to advance to the Super Regional round, hosting 14th-seeded Kentucky at Rhoads Stadium
  • The Crimson Tide is the only team to play in every Super Regional since the current postseason format was adopted in 2005
  • Alabama has won every regional round since 2005 and has won an NCAA-record 43-straight games in regional play, stretching back to 2007
  • Crimson Tide pitching combined to throw 20.0 shutout innings last weekend with 44 strikeouts, including a combined no-hitter from Lexi Kilfoyl and Krystal Goodman against Alabama State
  • Alabama rides a 16-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament, including four-straight shutouts and 14 wins against ranked teams, outscoring its opponents 103-30

ALABAMA AT THE WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES​

  • This marks Alabama's 13th trip to the Women's College World Series, most recently finishing third in 2019
  • The Tide has made more appearances in the WCWS than any other SEC team, three ahead of second-place Florida
  • Alabama's first appearance came in 1999, just the program's third season in existence and the first under head coach Patrick Murphy
  • The Tide would earn two wins for the first time in 2008 and has won at least two games in six of the eight appearances since
  • Alabama won the national title in 2012, the first NCAA softball championship for any SEC school
  • With 13 WCWS appearances in 25 seasons of softball, the Tide has qualified more often than it hasn't, a feat only UCLA and Arizona can also claim

LAST TIME OUT: SUPER REGIONALS​

  • Third-seeded Alabama defeated No. 14 Kentucky in two games, 4-3 and 4-1, to win the Tuscaloosa Super Regional
  • The Tide is the only team to play in all 16 Super Regionals since the current postseason format was adopted in 2005
  • Alabama has now won 10 of the 11 Super Regionals it has hosted at Rhoads Stadium
  • Seven of the 11 Super Regionals in Tuscaloosa were won by Alabama in two games, including this season
  • Kaylee Tow led the team with three hits over the two games, including a two-run double in game two
  • Montana Fouts and Lexi Kilfoyl each earned complete-game victories over the Wildcats, combining for 18 strikeouts over 14.0 innings with just four runs allowed on 12 hits, with only two going for extra bases

BAILEY HEMPHILL CLOSING IN ON SEC WALKS RECORD​

  • With 233 career walks, Bailey Hemphill is closing in on the all-time SEC record, just two shy of second-place Devon Wallace and three of Amanda Lorenz's record mark
  • Hemphill is just the fourth player in SEC history to draw 200 career walks
  • Drawing her second walk of the day in the fourth inning against Texas A&M on April 1, Bailey Hemphill improved her career total to 200, passing former Alabama record-holder Haylie McCleney to become the program's all-time walks leader
SEC Career Walks Leaders

  1. Amanda Lorenz (Florida) - 236 - 2016-19
  2. Devon Wallace (Arkansas) - 235 - 2012-15
  3. Bailey Hemphill (Alabama) - 233 - 2017-pres.
  4. Kasey Cooper (Auburn) - 212 - 2014-17

FOUTS HITS 300 STRIKEOUT MARK​

  • Montana Fouts threw her 300th strikeout of the season in the regional round against Clemson, marking the eighth time an Alabama pitcher has broke the 300 mark
  • It is the first 300 strikeout season since Alexis Osorio finished the 2017 campaign with 334
  • Jackie Traina holds the Alabama single-season record with 361 during the 2012 national championship year
  • Of the eight pitchers with 300 strikeouts, Fouts' 1.60 K/IP only trails 2010 Kelsi Dunne (1.66) and 2017 Osorio (1.65)
300 Strikeout Seasons

  • Jackie Traina - 361 (2012)
  • Kelsi Dunne - 355 (2010)
  • Stephanie VanBrakle - 345 (2006)
  • Stephanie VanBrakle - 341 (2005)
  • Alexis Osorio - 334 (2017)
  • Kelsi Dunne - 331 (2011)
  • Montana Fouts - 314 (2021)
  • Shelley Laird - 310 (2000)

HEMPHILL BREAKS UA CAREER HOME RUN RECORD​

  • After tying the Alabama career home run record with two homers May 13 against Kentucky at the SEC Tournament, Bailey Hemphill launched herself into Crimson Tide history with a sixth-inning home run the next day against Tennessee to move into first place with 61 career home runs
  • She passed previous record-holder Kelly Kretschman, who held the Alabama record at 60 since 2001
  • Now with 62 home runs, she ranks fifth in SEC history
  • Hemphill previously tied the UA single-season record in 2019 with 26 home runs
  • With her second home run in game one against Auburn on March 12, Hemphill became the third player in program history to surpass the 200 career RBI mark, joining Charlotte Morgan (2007-10) and Kaila Hunt (2011-14) in the prestigious club
  • Now with 235 career RBIs, Hemphill passed Hunt's total of 215 and continues to close in on Morgan's school-record total of 264

DOUBLE-DIGIT STRIKEOUTS​

  • Montana Fouts has thrown 10+ strikeouts 20 times this season, setting a new Alabama single-season record
  • Her 14 most recent double-digit totals have come against ranked teams
  • She set an SEC Tournament record with 39 strikeouts across her three starts, including a single-game record 15 against Kentucky
Most Games with 10+ Strikeouts in a Season

  • 20 - Montana Fouts (2021)
  • 16 - Stephanie VanBrakle (2006)
  • 16 - Kelsi Dunne (2010)
  • 15 - Kelsi Dunne (2011)
  • 15 - Alexis Osorio (2017)

PITCHING POWER​

  • The Alabama bullpen owns a 1.69 team ERA with just 91 earned runs allowed over 377.1 innings pitched
  • Tide pitchers have struck out 510 batters as opposed to just 104 walks
  • Opponents are only hitting 49-for-312 (.157) with runners in scoring position, striking out 112 times
  • Alabama ranks fifth nationally with a 4.90 strikeout-to-walk ratio

PASSING IT DOWN​

  • Alabama is 179-for-547 (.327) with runners in scoring position this season, including 30 doubles, 23 home runs, 96 walks and 268 RBIs
  • Conversely, opponents are batting just 48-for-293 (.164) with runners in scoring position and 65 RBIs
Alabama Leaders with Runners in Scoring Position

 
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