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Oklahoma Wins 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Title

(Photo Courtesy of OU Softball on Twitter)
(Photo Courtesy of OU Softball on Twitter)

Oklahoma Wins 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Title

The Oklahoma Sooners won the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Championship with an exciting 2-1 win over Auburn in game three of the Championship Series. It was the third National Championship for Oklahoma after winning in 2000 and 2013.

Oklahoma (57-8), as they had done in both games 1 and 2, started the scoring. A one out single by Caleigh Clifton was followed by two throwing errors on Game 2 heroine Emily Carosone that allowed Clifton to score. Fale Aviu brought home Shay Knighten two batters later to make it 2-0 Sooners after one inning.

Auburn (58-12) started the top of the second with straight singles, but went down in order to end the bright start to the innings. The Tigers had an even better opportunity in the third with an error by Oklahoma’s Paige Parker allowing Victoria Draper to reach first. Singles by Tiffany Howard and Kasey Cooper loaded the bases for Carosone, but she struck out and a double play ground ball by Carlee Wallace ended the scoring chance.

Auburn finally broke through in the top of the third with a rocket of lead off home run by Jade Rhodes. That made it 2-1 in favor of Oklahoma while Parker would give up a walk to force some action in the Sooner bullpen. Parker got out of the inning with no further damage by retiring the next three batters.

 

Oklahoma had a chance to pad their 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth with two on and two out, but a Lea Wodach ground out ended the inning.

The top of the seventh started with Parker striking out Madi Gipson. Parker then induced a pop out from Whitney Jordan before a nerve racking 11 pitch at bat to Courtney Shea led to the Championship clinching victory.

Parker (38-3) went the distance giving up just the one run on five hits while striking out 5 batters to win her 27th straight start. She was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after going 10-0 in the postseason and 5-0 in the WCWS. The Sooners won 32 of their final 33 games en route to the Title.

Jade Rhodes was the sole Auburn player to record multiple going 2 for 3 including the solo shot in the fourth inning. Makayla Martin went a solid six innings giving up two runs on five hits. The Tigers were attempting to win their first softball National Championship.

Oklahoma becomes the third team to win at least three National Championships after UCLA and Arizona.

Walk Off Grand Slam By Auburn Ties Up WCWS Championship Series

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Walk Off Grand Slam By Auburn Ties Up WCWS Championship Series

The Auburn Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 11-7 in 8 innings thanks to Emily Carosone’s walk off grand slam. The win pushed the 2016 Women’s College World Series to a decisive and winner take all game three.

The Sooners got the scoring started in the top of the first with a two out infield single by Fale Aviu with Aviu beating the throw to first to allow Erin Miller to score. The Sooners left runners stranded on second and third, but took a 1-0 lead after a half inning.

The Sooners built a bigger lead in the second with a lead off homer by Kady Self. That was just the beginning as back-t0-back singles followed by a throwing error allowed a run to score and it became a 3-0 game. Two straight squeeze bunts and a single brought home three more runs for the Sooners to push the lead to 6-0 and forced Auburn’s starting pitcher Kaylee Carlson out of the circle. Oklahoma added another run with a single by Nicole Pendley and led 7-0 after just an inning and a half.

However, the Tigers had a scoring barrage of their own in the bottom of the second. Carlee Wallace was hit by a pitch to start the inning, but two straight strikeouts left Auburn against the wall. After a walk, Whitney Jordan hit a three run home run to left field to get Auburn on the board. After an error, Tiffany Howard tripled home another run to make it 7-4 Sooners and that chased Oklahoma’s Kelsey Stevens from the circle.

The Tigers got a single from Kasey Cooper to drive home Howard while a hit by pitch and walk loaded the bases for Auburn. The rally ended with Jade Rhodes striking out to end the second, but Auburn cut the deficit to 7-5.

Auburn would complete the 7 run comeback in the bottom of the fourth with a single from Howard followed by a two run blast to right field by Cooper.

Oklahoma had a great chance to reclaim the lead in the top of the sixth. A two out single by Caleigh Clifton was followed by a deep shot to left field by Shay Knighten. The ball was headed over the fence when Auburn’s Tiffany Howard made a great catch to keep the game tied at 7.

 

The fatal blow for Oklahoma came in the bottom of the eighth. After a ground out, two singles and a bunt loaded the bases for Emily Carosone. Carosone took the pitch over the right center field to end the game in grand fashion.

 

The Sooners RBIs from six different hitters, but only Sydney Romero and Kady Self had multiple hits. Jayden Chestnut took the loss after throwing 5 2/3 innings giving up 6 runs on 11 hits. Oklahoma had won 31 straight games prior to this loss.

 

Auburn was led by Tiffany Howard who went 4 for 5 with one RBI and three runs scored. Carosone went 3 for 4 with all four her RBIs coming on the last pitch. Kasey Cooper went 2 for 4 with three RBI. Makayla Martin was awarded the win after tossing two innings and giving up only one hit. However, it was Rachael Walters who helped the Tigers from giving up more runs after the Sooners built a 7-0 lead. Walters threw 5 innings of shutout ball giving up just four hits.

Oklahoma won game one 3-2 on Monday nightGame three of the WCWS Championship Series will be Wednesday at 7 PM Eastern Time. The winner of that game will be crowned the 2016 NCAA Division 1 National Champions.

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)
TV
Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
6/6/2016Game #18 PM
ESPN
#4 Auburn#3 Oklahoma2-3Recap
6/7/2016Game #28 PM
ESPN
#3 Oklahoma#4 Auburn7-11 (8 Innings)Recap
6/8/2016Game #37 PM
ESPN
#4 Auburn#3 Oklahoma1-2Oklahoma Wins 2016 National Championship

Oklahoma Takes Game 1 of 2016 WCWS Championship Series

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Oklahoma Takes Game 1 of 2016 WCWS Championship Series

The Oklahoma Sooners fended off a late seventh inning rally by Auburn to win the first game of the 2016 WCWS Championship Series 3-2. Sydney Romero’s three run shot in the third inning proved to be the difference.

The Sooners’ Kelsey Arnold drew a walk to start the bottom of the third followed by a bunt by Erin Miller that put two on with no outs. After Auburn forced a strike out and fly out, Romero came up and hit a three run shot to left-center to give the Sooners a 3-0 lead.

The Sooners loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth after three straight hits by Miller, Caleigh Clifton, and Shay Knighten. Romero came up with one out, but grounded into a double play to end the inning with the Sooners still leading 3-2.

The Auburn Tigers did not have many chances to score in the first six innings, but that changed dramatically in the seventh. Carlee Wallace drew a lead off walk before Jade Rhodes lifted a two run shot over the center field wall to close the deficit to one run.

The Tigers were not done threatening as Haley Fagan singled up the middle and a throwing error by Paige Parker on a hit back to her allowed runners to be on second and third with only one out. The Sooners forced a ground ball fielder’s choice that threw the runner out at home thanks to a heads up play by Knighten. That gave Auburn two outs with runners on the corners, but Tiffany Howard popped out to end the game.

Parker got the win for Oklahoma after throwing a complete game allowing four hits and three walks with only one strikeout. She threw 91 pitches in the game to push her 2016 Tournament total to 955. She has won 26 straight starts in the circle.

Lexi Davis, the surprise starter for Auburn, pitch 6 innings giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks with only one strikeout. Davis had only pitched one inning in the NCAA Tournament prior to this game.

Game Two of the 2016 WCWS Championship Series will be on Tuesday at 8 PM Eastern Time. Auburn will be the home team as they look to stave off elimination while Oklahoma would capture their third National Championship with a win.

 

2016 Women’s College World Series Schedule

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2016 Women’s College World Series Schedule

The final eight teams in the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball season will be playing for the chance to win the Women’s College World Series with an updated bracket here. Each game of the 2016 Women’s College World Series will take place from ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The 8 teams will compete in a double elimination format until only two teams are left. Those two remaining teams will then play in a best of three championship series to determine the National Champion.

The two-time defending National Champions, the Florida Gators, were knocked out in the Super Regional round by Georgia so there will be a new Champion crowned in 2016. All of the schools in the 2016 WCWS have previously been to the Women’s College World Series. Results for the Regional round can be found here while the Super Regional results can be found here.

Returning from the 2015 WCWS are Michigan, Auburn, LSU, Alabama, and UCLA.

Below are the eight teams that made the 2016 Women’s College World Series.

SeedTeamRecordConferenceWCWS Appearances (Including 2016)
2Michigan51-5Big Ten12th
3Oklahoma52-7Big 1210th
4Auburn54-10SEC2nd
6Alabama51-12SEC11th
8Florida State53-8ACC9th
10LSU50-16SEC5th
12UCLA40-14-1Pac-1226th
16Georgia45-18SEC3rd

The Women’s College World Series will get underway on Thursday, June 2 with four games scheduled for the opening day. The entire schedule can be found in the table below with the Championship Series located in a separate table. The tables below will be updated with final scores as the games go final each day.

6/2/2016 Update: The final two games scheduled for Thursday, June 2 were postponed to Friday due to weather. If games 13 and/or 14 are needed to be played, they will take place on Monday, June 6, pushing back the start to the Championship Series to Tuesday, June 7. If games 13 and/or 14 are not needed, the Championship Series will begin on Monday, June 6 as scheduled.

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)
TV
Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
6/2/2016Game #112 PM
ESPN
#16 Georgia#8 Florida State5-4
6/2/2016Game #22:45 PM
ESPN
#12 UCLA#4 Auburn3-10
6/3/2016Game #37 PM
ESPN2
#6 Alabama#3 Oklahoma0-3 (8 Innings)Postponed to 6/3 due to weather
6/3/2016Game #49:30 PM
ESPN2
#10 LSU#2 Michigan0-2Postponed to 6/3 due to weather
6/4/2016Game #57 PM
ESPN2
#4 Auburn#16 Georgia4-3
6/4/2016Game #69:30 PM
ESPN2
#3 Oklahoma#2 Michigan7-5
6/4/2016Game #712 PM
ESPN
#8 Florida State#12 UCLA8-4UCLA Eliminated
6/4/2016Game #83:20 PM
ESPN
#10 LSU#6 Alabama6-4Alabama Eliminated
6/5/2016Game #91 PM
ESPN
#2 Michigan#8 Florida State0-1Michigan Eliminated
6/5/2016Game #103:35 PM
ESPN2
#16 Georgia#10 LSU1-4Georgia Eliminated
6/5/2016Game #117 PM
ESPN2
#8 Florida State#4 Auburn7-8 (8 Innings)Florida State Eliminated
6/5/2016Game #1210:40 PM
ESPN2
#3 Oklahoma#10 LSU7-3LSU Eliminated
6/6/2016Game #137 PM
ESPN2
Game #11 LoserGame #11 WinnerIf Necessary
6/6/2016Game #149:30 PM
ESPN2
Game #12 LoserGame #12 WinnerIf Necessary

2016 Women’s College World Series Championship Series

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)
TV
Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
6/6/2016Game #18 PM
ESPN
#4 Auburn#3 Oklahoma2-3Recap
6/7/2016Game #28 PM
ESPN
#3 Oklahoma#4 Auburn7-11 (8 Innings)Recap
6/8/2016Game #37 PM
ESPN
#4 Auburn#3 Oklahoma1-2Oklahoma Wins 2016 National Championship

2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Super Regionals

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2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Super Regionals

After one weekend of play, the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball tournament has been cut down to 16 teams. The bracket can be found here. Those 16 teams will meet in a best-of-three series to decide the 8 teams that will comprise the 2016 Women’s College World Series.

Two national seeds were knocked out in the regional round in #9 Kentucky and #13 Tennessee, both from the SEC and both would have been on the road. Below are the 16 teams that made the Super Regional.

SeedTeamRecordConferenceSuper Regional Appearances
(Including 2016)
1Florida56-5SEC9th
2Michigan49-5Big Ten11th
3Oklahoma50-7Big 1210th
4Auburn52-9SEC2nd
5Oregon47-8Pac-127th
6Alabama49-12SEC12th
7James Madison49-4Colonial1st
8Florida State51-8ACC5th
10LSU48-15SEC5th
11Washington39-13Pac-1210th
12UCLA38-13-1Pac-128th
14Louisiana Lafayette46-7Sun Belt7th
15Missouri42-14SEC8th
16Georgia43-18SEC9th
Not SeededArizona39-19Pac-1211th
Not SeededUtah35-20Pac-121st

The Super Regionals will take place between Thursday, May 26 and Sunday, May 29. Dates and times are subject to change and updated information will be provided as soon as possible.

Gainesville Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/26/2016Game #17 PM#16 Georgia#1 Florida3-0
5/27/2016Game #25 PM#1 Florida#16 Georgia2-3Florida Eliminated
5/27/2016Game #38 PM#16 Georgia#1 FloridaIf Necessary

Tallahassee Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/27/2016Game #15 PMUtah#8 Florida State2-6
5/28/2016Game #24:30 PM#8 Florida StateUtah3-0Utah Eliminated
5/28/2016Game #37:30 PMUtah#8 Florida StateIf Necessary

Eugene Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/28/2016Game #19:30 PM#12 UCLA#5 Oregon1-8
5/29/2016Game #27 PM#5 Oregon#12 UCLA1-2 (9 Innings)
5/29/2016Game #310:15 PM#12 UCLA#5 Oregon2-1Oregon Eliminated

Auburn Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/28/2016Game #16:30 PMArizona#4 Auburn5-3
5/29/2016Game #22 PM#4 AuburnArizona4-1
5/29/2016Game #35 PMArizona#4 Auburn1-6Arizona Eliminated

Norman Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/26/2016Game #19 PM#14 Louisiana Lafayette#3 Oklahoma2-8
5/27/2016Game #27 PM#3 Oklahoma#14 Louisiana Lafayette7-6Louisiana Lafayette Eliminated
5/27/2016Game #310 PM#14 Louisiana Lafayette#3 OklahomaIf Necessary

Tuscaloosa Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/27/2016Game #18 PM#11 Washington#6 Alabama1-2 (8 Innings)
5/28/2016Game #24:30 PM#6 Alabama#11 Washington5-2Washington Eliminated
5/28/2016Game #37:30 PM#11 Washington#6 AlabamaIf Necessary

Harrisonburg Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/27/2016Game #13 PM#10 LSU#7 James Madison2-3
5/28/2016Game #212 PM#7 James Madison#10 LSU0-2
5/28/2016Game #33 PM#10 LSU#7 James Madison3-2James Madison Eliminated

Ann Arbor Super Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/28/2016Game #13 PM#15 Missouri#2 Michigan3-5
5/29/2016Game #212 PM#2 Michigan#15 Missouri5-4Missouri Eliminated
5/29/2016Game #33 PM#15 Missouri#2 MichiganIf Necessary

Women’s College World Series

The 2016 Women’s College World Series will take place between Thursday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 8 with every game shown on one of the ESPN family of network channels. All of the games will take place at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and OGE Energy Field from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We will have a post when the teams and schedules are known for the 2016 WCWS.

2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Conference Tournaments

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2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Conference Tournaments

The regular season is coming to a close for the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball season, but there is still a chance for teams to make the NCAA Softball Tournament with a win in the Conference Tournament. Below are the tournaments for all conferences in NCAA Division 1 Softball.

Five conferences do not have a post season tournament and instead will award their automatic bid to the regular season champion. Those five conferences are the Big 12, Big West, Mountain West, Pac-12, and West Coast.

The regular season champion is included below for each conference because there are several cases where the top seed in the conference is hosting the tournament. In all, there are 32 automatic bids handed out while another 32 at-large bids will be determined by the Softball Selection Committee.

ConferenceRegular Season ChampTournament ChampDatesLocationHost
American EastBinghamton*MaineMay 11 - 14Binghamton, New YorkBinghamton
AmericanSouth FloridaTulsaMay 12 - 14Tulsa, OklahomaTulsa
ACCFlorida StateFlorida StateMay 12 - 14Raleigh, North CarolinaNC State
Atlantic 10FordhamFordhamMay 11 - 15Arlington, VirginiaGeorge Washington
Atlantic SunFlorida Gulf CoastSouth Carolina UpstateMay 11 - 14Fort Myers, FloridaFlorida Gulf Coast
Big 12OklahomaNo Post Season Tournament
Big EastDePaulButlerMay 13 - 14Rosemont, IllinoisDePaul
Big SkyWeber State*Weber StateMay 12 - 14Ogden UtahWeber State
Big SouthLongwoodLongwoodMay 11 - 14Rock Hill, South CarolinaWinthrop
Big TenMichiganMinnesotaMay 12 - 14University Park, PennsylvaniaPenn State
Big WestCal State FullertonNo Post Season Tournament
ColonialJames Madison*James MadisonMay 11 - 13Harrisonburg, VirginiaJames Madison
C-USAFlorida AtlanticFlorida AtlanticMay 11 - 14Denton, TexasNorth Texas
HorizonIllinois-ChicagoValparaisoMay 11 - 14Chicago, IllinoisIllinois-Chicago
IvyNorth: Harvard
South: Princeton
PrincetonMay 7 - 8Cambridge, MassachusettsHarvard
Mid-AmericanKent StateMiami (OH)May 11 - 14Akron, OhioAkron
Metro AtlanticMarist*MaristMay 11 - 14Poughkeepsie, New YorkMarist
Mid-EasternDelaware StateFlorida A&MMay 12 - 14Ormond Beach, FloridaBethune-Cookman
Missouri ValleyWichita StateWichita StateMay 12 - 14Carbondale, IllinoisSouthern Illinois
Mountain WestFresno StateNo Post Season Tournament
NortheastLong Island University*Long Island UniversityMay 12 - 14Brooklyn, New YorkLIU Brooklyn
Ohio ValleyJacksonville StateJacksonville StateMay 11 - 14Oxford, AlabamaNeutral Site
Pac-12OregonNo Post Season Tournament
PatriotLehigh*Boston UniversityMay 12 - 15Bethlehem, PennsylvaniaLehigh
SECFloridaAuburnMay 11 - 14Starkville, MississippiMississippi State
SouthernSamfordSamfordMay 11 - 14Greensboro, North CarolinaUNC Greensboro
SouthlandMcNeese StateMcNeese StateMay 11 - 13Lake Charles, LouisianaMcNeese State
SWACTexas SouthernAlabama StateMay 11 - 14Irondale, AlabamaNeutral Site
SummitNorth Dakota StateNorth Dakota StateMay 11 - 14Fargo, North DakotaNorth Dakota State
Sun BeltLouisiana LafayetteLouisiana LafayetteMay 11 - 14Mobile, AlabamaSouth Alabama
WACNew Mexico StateCal State BakersfieldMay 12 - 14Seattle, WashingtonSeattle University
West CoastBYUNo Post Season Tournament

* Denotes Highest Seed Hosts Conference Tournament

As the conference tournament champions are known, the table above will be filled out. The conference tournaments listed above will help determine the field for the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball tournament. We will find out which teams made the tournament on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 10 PM Eastern Time on ESPNU with the Selection Show.

The 2016 NCAA Softball Tournament will begin on May 20, 2016 at 16 campus sites in the Regional round in a double elimination format. Each regional will have four teams. The 16 teams who win their regional will move on to the Super Regional where they will compete in a best-of-three series to be held between May 26 and May 29.

The 8 winners of the Super Regional round will move on to the 2016 Women’s College World Series to be played in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma starting on Thursday, June 2. The Championship Series will begin Monday, June 6 with a best-of-three format to determine the winner of the 2016 Women’s College World Series.