The NCAA softball Super Regionals are here, with 16 teams competing for trips to the Women’s College World Series.
Just Women’s Sports has three matchups to keep an eye on this weekend, plus the full schedule.
Oklahoma returns to the field after winning its regional final 20-0 and setting an NCAA record in the process. Freshman phenom Jordy Bahl remains a question mark with a forearm injury, but the pitcher’s hasn’t set the Sooners back so far in this tournament.
UCF will look to its pitching staff of Gianna Mancha and Kama Woodall to help stall the Sooners’ bats long enough to put up some runs. While it’s a tough task, it’s not impossible. After all, Texas A&M held Oklahoma to just three runs in their first regional meeting — before the Sooners’ offense exploded in the final.
Northwestern posted two run-rule wins in its regional, both against a very good McNeese team that thrashed Notre Dame. Pitcher Danielle Williams recorded her 300th strikeout of the season while Rachel Lewis – who ranks top 10 in the NCAA in homers – got her postseason party started.
The Wildcats will go up against a hot Sun Devils program that got two quality wins over San Diego State. Cydney Sanders will be one to watch for ASU, as she can put up some quality home runs of her own. She has 21 homers so far this season, a single-season program record.
These two unseeded teams pulled off surprising upsets at regionals and now find themselves fighting for a WCWS spot. Oregon State and Stanford knocked off Alabama and Tennessee, respectively.
The Cardinal could be riding the school’s championship wave (including a recent NCAA golf title) after shutting out Alabama twice behind Alana Vawter.
Something to keep an eye on: Oregon State won two out of three against Stanford in the regular season. But those were all low-scoring games. Vawter pitched the one win Stanford had against the Beavers, so look for her once again to dominate from the pitching circle.
No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 16 UCF
No. 8 Arizona State and No. 9 Northwestern
No. 5 UCLA and No. 12 Duke
No. 4 Arkansas and Texas
No. 3 Virginia Tech and No. 14 Florida
Oregon State and Stanford
No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 Clemson
Arizona and Mississippi State