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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 Bracket Announced

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2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Bracket Announced

The 2016 NCAA Division I Softball bracket is now known and the bracket can be found here. The Florida Gators are going for their third straight National Championship after winning in 2014 and 2015. The only time a team has won three straight Championships was from 1988 to 1990 when the UCLA Bruins completed the feat.

The tournament will get started with the regionals between Friday, May 20 and Monday, May 23. Below are the 16 National Seeds as ranked by the NCAA.

SeedTeamRecordConference
1Florida53-5SEC
2Michigan46-5Big Ten
3Oklahoma47-7Big 12
4Auburn49-9SEC
5Oregon44-8Pac-12
6Alabama46-12SEC
7James Madison46-4Colonial
8Florida State48-8ACC
9Kentucky43-12SEC
10LSU45-15SEC
11Washington36-13Pac-12
12UCLA35-13-1Pac-12
13Tennessee41-14SEC
14Louisiana Lafayette43-7Sun Belt
15Missouri39-14SEC
16Georgia40-17SEC

2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Teams

Below are all 64 teams that have made the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball tournament. In the sortable table below, the automatic bids are listed first followed by the at-large bids listed in order of conference. The records for each team and which regional they have been assigned to are provided as well.

ConferenceTeamRecordRouteRegional
American EastMaine28-19Tournament ChampionsAthens
AmericanTulsa35-19Tournament ChampionsNorman
ACCFlorida State48-8Tournament ChampionsTallahassee
Atlantic 10Fordham39-19Tournament ChampionsEugene
Atlantic SunSouth Carolina Upstate42-13Tournament ChampionsAuburn
Big 12Oklahoma47-7Regular Season ChampionsNorman
Big EastButler28-22Tournament ChampionsLexington
Big SkyWeber State37-17Tournament ChampionsSeattle
Big SouthLongwood38-18Tournament ChampionsHarrisonburg
Big TenMinnesota41-12Tournament ChampionsSeattle
Big WestCal State Fullerton43-14Regular Season ChampionsLos Angeles
ColonialJames Madison46-4Tournament ChampionsHarrisonburg
C-USAFlorida Atlantic50-7Tournament ChampionsGainesville
HorizonValparaiso18-32Tournament ChampionsAnn Arbor
IvyPrinceton23-26Championship Series WinnerHarrisonburg
Mid-AmericanMiami (OH)34-21Tournament ChampionsAnn Arbor
Metro AtlanticMarist45-11Tournament ChampionsKnoxville
Mid-EasternFlorida A&M27-28Tournament ChampionsTallahassee
Missouri ValleyWichita State35-19Tournament ChampionsNorman
Mountain WestFresno State41-10-1Regular Season ChampionsLos Angeles
NortheastLIU Brooklyn30-25Tournament ChampionsBaton Rouge
Ohio ValleyJacksonville State41-15Tournament ChampionsAuburn
Pac-12Oregon44-8Regular Season ChampionsEugene
PatriotBoston Univeristy28-22Tournament ChampionsLafayette
SECAuburn49-9Tournament ChampionsAuburn
SouthernSamford40-18Tournament ChampionsTuscaloosa
SouthlandMcNeese State42-12Tournament ChampionsBaton Rouge
SWACAlabama State28-25Tournament ChampionsGainesville
SummitNorth Dakota State38-13Tournament ChampionsSeattle
Sun BeltLouisiana Lafayette43-7Tournament ChampionsLafayette
WACCal State Bakersfield16-32Tournament ChampionsLos Angeles
West CoastBYU35-19Regular Season ChampionsColumbia
ACCLouisville35-15At-LargeColumbia
ACCNorth Carolina31-23At-LargeHarrisonburg
ACCNotre Dame41-11At-LargeAnn Arbor
AmericanCentral Florida36-20At-LargeGainesville
AmericanSouth Florida44-14At-LargeTallahassee
Big 12Baylor43-12At-LargeEugene
Big 12Oklahoma State29-24At-LargeAthens
Big 12Texas37-14At-LargeLafayette
Big TenIllinois35-21At-LargeLexington
Big TenNebraska33-19At-LargeColumbia
Big TenNorthwestern26-26At-LargeAthens
Big TenMichigan46-5At-LargeAnn Arbor
Big TenOhio State33-18-1At-LargeKnoxville
Big WestLong Beach State32-20At-LargeEugene
Pac-12Arizona36-19At-LargeKnoxville
Pac-12Arizona State30-25At-LargeBaton Rouge
Pac-12California31-22-1At-LargeTuscaloosa
Pac-12Oregon State30-18-1At-LargeAuburn
Pac-12UCLA35-13-1At-LargeLos Angeles
Pac-12Utah32-19At-LargeLexington
Pac-12Washington36-13At-LargeSeattle
SECAlabama46-12At-LargeTuscaloosa
SECFlorida53-5At-LargeGainesville
SECGeorgia40-17At-LargeAthens
SECKentucky43-12At-LargeLexington
SECLSU45-15At-LargeBaton Rouge
SECMissouri39-14At-LargeColumbia
SECOle Miss39-20At-LargeNorman
SECSouth Carolina36-21At-LargeTallahassee
SECTennessee41-14At-LargeKnoxville
SECTexas A&M37-18At-LargeLafayette
Sun BeltTexas State39-20At-LargeTuscaloosa

Regionals

The 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball tournament will kick off with 16 regionals with four teams in each regional. Each regional employs the double-elimination format with the 16 National Seeds hosting a regional. The regionals are listed in order of the potential Super Regional matchup (i.e. #1 vs #16, #9 vs #8, #13 vs. #4, etc.).

All dates and times listed below are tentative. Updates, along with final scores, will be made as the changes are known.

Gainesville Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #112 PMCentral FloridaFlorida Atlantic1-0
5/20/2016Game #22:30 PMAlabama State#1 Florida0-11, (5 Innings)Game shortened to 5 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #312 PM#1 FloridaCentral Florida5-0
5/21/2016Game #42:30 PMFlorida AtlanticAlabama State8-0Alabama State Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #55:30 PMFlorida AtlanticCentral Florida1-2 (8 Innings)Florida Atlantic Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #612 PMCentral Florida#1 Florida0-8 (5 Innings)Central Florida Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #72:30 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Athens Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #11 PMNorthwesternOklahoma State2-1
5/20/2016Game #23:30 PMMaine#16 Georgia0-6
5/21/2016Game #31 PM#16 GeorgiaNorthwestern5-2
5/21/2016Game #44 PMOklahoma StateMaine10-1Maine Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #56:30 PMOklahoma StateNorthwestern3-2 (9 Innings)Northwestern Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #61 PM#16 GeorgiaOklahoma State3-5
5/22/2016Game #73:30 PMOklahoma State#16 Georgia0-6Oklahoma State Eliminated

Lexington Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #111 AMIllinoisUtah0-1
5/21/2016Game #211 AMButler#9 Kentucky1-6Postponed to 5/21 due to weather
5/21/2016Game #32 PMUtah#9 Kentucky3-0
5/21/2016Game #44:30 PMButlerIllinois1-2 (8 Innings)Butler Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #57 PM#9 KentuckyIllinois3-2 (8 Innings)Illinois Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #61 PM#9 KentuckyUtah4-0
5/22/2016Game #74 PMUtah#9 Kentucky5-3Kentucky Eliminated

Tallahassee Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #112 PMSouth CarolinaSouth Florida2-0
5/20/2016Game #22:30 PMFlorida A&M#8 Florida State0-1No Hitter thrown by FSU's Jessica Burroughs
5/21/2016Game #312 PM#8 Florida StateSouth Carolina4-0
5/21/2016Game #42:30 PMSouth FloridaFlorida A&M6-4Florida A&M Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #55 PMSouth FloridaSouth Carolina0-6South Florida Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #612 PMSouth Carolina#8 Florida State1-2South Carolina Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #72:30 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Eugene Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #19 PMLong Beach StateBaylor2-3
5/20/2016Game #211:30 PMFordham#5 Oregon0-8 (5 Innings)Game shortened to 5 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #35 PMBaylor#5 Oregon0-6
5/21/2016Game #47:30 PMFordhamLong Beach State1-9 (6 Innings)Fordham Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #510 PMBaylorLong Beach State11-2Long Beach State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #67 PM#5 OregonBaylor8-1Baylor Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #79 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Los Angeles Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #16 PMCal State FullertonFresno State6-4
5/20/2016Game #29 PMCal State Bakersfield#12 UCLA0-7No hitter pitched by UCLA's Johanna Grauer
5/21/2016Game #33 PM#12 UCLACal State Fullerton3-2
5/21/2016Game #46 PMFresno StateCal State Bakersfield8-5Cal State Bakersfield Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #59 PMFresno StateCal State Fullerton1-7Fresno State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #63 PMCal State Fullerton#12 UCLA4-5Cal State Fullerton Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #76 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Knoxville Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/21/2016Game #110 AMOhio StateArizona0-2Game postponed to 5/21/16 due to weather
5/21/2016Game #212 PMMarist#13 Tennessee2-10 (6 Innings)Game shortened to 6 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #32:30 PMArizona#13 Tennessee4-0
5/21/2016Game #45 PMMaristOhio State1-6Marist Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #512 PM#13 TennesseeOhio State10-1 (5 Innings)Ohio State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #62:30 PM#13 TennesseeArizona3-4 (8 Innings)Tennessee Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #75 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Auburn Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #112 PMSouth Carolina UpstateOregon State5-2
5/20/2016Game #22:30 PMJacksonville State#4 Auburn1-2
5/21/2016Game #32:30 PM#4 AuburnSouth Carolina Upstate6-1
5/21/2016Game #45 PMOregon StateJacksonville State4-5 (14 Innings)Oregon State Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #510:15 PMJacksonville StateSouth Carolina Upstate3-2South Carolina Upstate Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #62:30 PM#4 AuburnJacksonville State14-2 (5 Innings)Jacksonville State Eliinated
5/22/2016Game #75 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Norman Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #16:30 PMTulsaOle Miss1-5
5/20/2016Game #29 PMWichita State#3 Oklahoma2-7
5/21/2016Game #32:30 PMOle Miss#3 Oklahoma1-9 (5 Innings)Game shortened to 5 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #45 PMWichita StateTulsa2-1Tulsa Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #57:30 PMOle MissWichita State4-0Wichita State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #64:30 PM#3 OklahomaOle Miss3-0Ole Miss Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #77 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Lafayette Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #14:30 PMTexasTexas A&M5-0
5/20/2016Game #27 PMBoston University#14 Louisiana Lafayette5-9
5/21/2016Game #312 PM#14 Louisiana LafayetteTexas9-1
5/21/2016Game #42:30 PMTexas A&MBoston University6-0Boston University Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #55:45 PMTexas A&MTexas9-3Texas Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #64:30 PM#14 Louisiana LafayetteTexas A&M9-8 (9 Innings)Texas A&M Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #77 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Seattle Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #17:30 PMNorth Dakota StateMinnesota2-7
5/20/2016Game #210 PMWeber State#11 Washington6-14 (5 Innings)Game shortened to 5 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #34 PMMinnesota#11 Washington2-5
5/21/2016Game #46:30 PMWeber StateNorth Dakota State2-5Weber State Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #59 PMMinnesotaNorth Dakota State7-5North Dakota State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #63 PM#11 WashingtonMinnesota15-7 (6 Innings)Minnesota Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #75:30 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Tuscaloosa Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #12:30 PMTexas StateCalifornia0-1
5/20/2016Game #25 PMSamford#6 Alabama0-3
5/21/2016Game #32:30 PMCalifornia#6 Alabama1-3
5/21/2016Game #45 PMSamfordTexas State0-2Samford Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #57:30 PMCaliforniaTexas State4-3California Elimintaed
5/22/2016Game #62:30 PM#6 AlabamaCalifornia8-0California Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #75 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Harrisonburg Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #12 PMLongwoodNorth Carolina4-6
5/20/2016Game #24:30 PMPrinceton#7 James Madison0-7
5/21/2016Game #32 PMNorth Carolina#7 James Madison1-10 (6 Innings)Game shortened to 6 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #44:30 PMPrincetonLongwood1-2Princeton Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #57 PMNorth CarolinaLongwood4-5 (9 Innings)North Carolina Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #62 PM#7 James MadisonLongwood5-1Longwood Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #74:30 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Baton Rouge Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #14 PMArizona StateMcNeese State2-5
5/20/2016Game #27 PMLIU Brooklyn#10 LSU2-10 (6 Innings)Game shortened to 6 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #31 PMMcNeese State#10 LSU1-4
5/21/2016Game #44 PMLIU BrooklynArizona State0-1LIU Brooklyn Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #57 PMMcNeese StateArizona State2-3 (14 Innings)McNeese State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #62 PM#10 LSUArizona State2-0Arizona State Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #75 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Columbia Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/19/2016Game #15:30 PMLouisvilleNebraska2-3
5/19/2016Game #28 PMBYU#15 Missouri0-9, (5 Innings)Game shortened to 5 innings due to run rule
5/20/2016Game #32 PMNebraska#15 Missouri0-8, (6 Innings)Game shortened to 6 innings due to run rule
5/20/2016Game #44:30 PMBYULouisville6-4Louisville Eliminated
5/20/2016Game #57 PMNebraskaBYU2-0BYU Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #62:30 PM#15 MissouriNebraska9-0 (5 Innings)Nebraska Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #75 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Ann Arbor Regional

DateGame NumberTime (Eastern)Team #1Team #2Final ScoreNotes
5/20/2016Game #14:30 PMMiami (OH)Notre Dame3-2
5/20/2016Game #27 PMValparaiso#2 Michigan0-8 (5 Innings)Game shortened to 5 innings due to run rule
5/21/2016Game #312 PM#2 MichiganMiami (OH)6-0
5/21/2016Game #42:30 PMNotre DameValparaiso8-0 (5 Innings)Valparaiso Eliminated
5/21/2016Game #55 PMNotre DameMiami (OH)5-0Miami (OH) Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #62 PM#2 MichiganNotre Dame6-2Notre Dame Eliminated
5/22/2016Game #74:30 PMGame #6 WinnerGame #6 LoserIf Necessary

Super Regionals

The Super Regional round of the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Softball Tournament will be a best of three series between the dates of Thursday, May 26 and Sunday, May 30. The campus sites for each Super Regional will be determined upon completion of the Regionals by the NCAA.

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.

Florida Wins Second Straight Softball Championship

2015 Women's College World Series Logo (NCAA.com)
2015 Women’s College World Series Logo (NCAA.com)

Florida Wins Second Straight Softball Championship

The Florida Gators won their second straight softball National Championship thanks to Lauren Haeger‘s dominant pitching performance. She had a no-hitter going into the fifth inning to lead the Gators to a 4-1 victory.

After struggling against Haylie Wagner on Tuesday, the Gators jumped on her right away in the bottom of the first. Kelsey Stewart was hit by a pitch and was sacrificed to second on a bunt that also allowed Nicole DeWitt to reach safely. Haeger singled her home to put runners on the corners while Kirsti Merritt put both runners in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Taylor Schwarz brought those two runners home for a 3-0 Florida lead after one inning.

Florida drove Wagner out of the game early in the bottom of the second. Justine McLean was able to get to second base after a throwing error and then moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt. Stewart brought her home with a double to left field and Wagner was then taken out in favor of Megan Betsa with Florida leading 4-0.

Betsa struggled with her control as she hit the next two batters to load the bases with only one out. However, she soon found her control by striking out the next two batters to end the bases loaded jam.

Michigan had two bases runners in the top of the third thanks to back-to-back hitters being hit by a pitch. A strike out and foul out did not help the cause while Sierra Romero drew a walk to load the bases. Haeger ended the top of the third with a strike out of Kelly Christner.

Florida had another chance to put up runs in the bottom of the fourth. Kelsey Stewart hit into a fielder’s choice that threw out the lead runner at second, but she was able to steal second with only out. A strike out was followed by an intentional walk of Haeger before a foul out ended the inning for the Gators. After four innings, Florida still led 4-0.

Michigan would finally get their first hit in the top of the fifth. Tera Blanco hit a one out single to left field and Abby Ramirez reached on an infield single. Sierra Lawrence flied out to right field before Romero delivered an RBI single to center that scored Blanco. Christner flied out to center field to end the threat and Michigan trailing 4-1.

The Gators saw Merritt hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the fifth and she stole second on a strike out. Two batters later, McLean hit a single to first and stole second to put both runners in scoring position. Once again, Wagner was able to shut the door with a strike out.

Michigan tried to start a two out rally in the sixth. Amanda Vargas singled to center and Wagner was hit by a pitch to put two runners on. Unfortunately for Michigan, Blanco grounded out to short to end the inning.

Florida began the bottom half of the sixth with Stewart being hit by a pitch and stealing second on a DeWitt strike out. After another intentional walk to Haeger, Taylore Fuller was hit by a pitch to load the bases while Haylie Wagner came back into the circle for Michigan. She was able to prevent any runs from getting across thanks to a foul out to the catcher and ground out to second. Michigan still trailed 4-1 after six innings with one final chance.

Michigan’s final half inning began with a single by Abby Ramirez. Sierra Lawrence struck out looking while Sierra Romero hit a ground ball to the shortstop that threw Ramirez out at second. Christner came up and hit a ground ball to first base for an easy put out that gave Florida their second straight National Championship.

Lauren Haeger pitched another good game going seven innings while giving up one run on five hits. She also allowed one walk and struck out five Wolverines. For her incredible performances throughout the last week, Haeger was named the Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player.

Florida became the first team since the Arizona Wildcats in 2006 and 2007 to win back-to-back National Championships in Division 1 Softball. Arizona also won back-to-back titles in 1993-94 and 1996-97. The only other program to do so has been the UCLA Bruins who have done it three times in 1984-85, 1988-90, and 2003-04.

Michigan Ties Up Championship Series With Game 2 Win

2015 Women's College World Series Logo (NCAA.com)
2015 Women’s College World Series Logo (NCAA.com)

Michigan Ties Up Championship Series With Game 2 Win

The Michigan Wolverines won game two of the NCAA Softball Championship Series to force a decisive winner take all third game on Wednesday night. Michigan won 1-0 behind a complete game shutout by Haylie Wagner.

Florida went down in order to start the first inning while Michigan was able to get their lone run in the bottom of the first.

Sierra Lawrence led off with a single to left field to bring up Sierra Romero. Romero hit a slow ground ball to short, but Lawrence was able to beat the throw at second. After a bunt foul out from Kelly Christner, Kelsey Susalla hit a line drive single to center field, which was compounded by a bad hop in front of Kirsti Merritt. Lawrence was able to score on the bad bounce for a 1-0 Michigan lead. A fly out and line out left two runners stranded for the Wolverines.

The Gators had a chance to tie the game in the top of the second. Lauren Haeger hit a rocket ground ball to third for an infield single and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Taylore Fuller. Wagner was able to get Bailey Castro to strike out on a change up before a Taylor Schwarz single to shortstop put runners on the corners. Wagner ended the threat with a strike out to Aubree Munro.

Michigan tried to add an insurance run in the bottom of the second. Wagner began with a bloop single down the left field line and she was then pitch ran for with Mary Sbonek. A sacrifice bunt by Tera Blanco moved her up to second while Abby Ramirez grounded out to third to move her up to second with two outs. Lawrence was unable to bring Sbonek home as she struck out looking to end the second inning.

The Gators went down in order in the top of the third while Michigan was only able to get a two out walk from Susalla in the bottom of the inning, but she was left stranded.

The top of the fourth provided Florida with another opportunity to tie the game. Haeger hit a single up the middle when the shortstop could not corral the ball. Jessica Damico pinch ran for Haeger while Fuller put runners on first and second with a hard single to left center field. Wagner was able to get out of the jam by forcing a pop out to Castro and ground out by Schwarz.

In the fifth, Florida got a lead off single from Munro, but a line drive hit by Justine McLean to shortstop doubled up the Gators and Michigan still clung to a 1-0 lead. The Wolverines got a one out double from Lawrence in the bottom of the fifth before a controversial call. Romero hit a ground ball to short that threw her out at first, but the throw to third threw out Lawrence despite her not having a path to the base.

The top of the sixth saw the Gators put another runner on base. Kirsti Merritt hit a beautiful bunt single down the first base line and she later stole second after a Haeger pop out to move into scoring position. A line out to shortstop left a runner stranded again and one last chance for Florida.

The top of the seventh was not kind to the Gators faithful. They went down in order to not even give themselves hopes of tying the game with a baserunner.

Lauren Haeger pitched well in the loss. She went six innings giving up one run on four hits with one walk and one strike out.

Haylie Wagner pitched seven innings surrendering six hits with no walks and five strike outs.

Game three of the Championship Series will be at 8 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday night. The decisive game can be seen ESPN with the winner claiming their second National Championship in Women’s softball.

Florida Takes NCAA Softball Championship Series Game 1

2015 Women's College World Series Logo (NCAA.com)
2015 Women’s College World Series Logo (NCAA.com)

Florida Takes NCAA Softball Championship Series Game 1

Lauren Haeger was the reason for Florida’s 3-2 win over Michigan and she did not even see the pitching circle. She accounted for all three runs batted in including a two run bomb to left field to put the Gators on the brink of their second straight National Championship.

Michigan’s Kelly Christner hit a two out single to center field, but Aleshia Ocasio was able to strike out the next batter to leave her stranded.

The Gators quickly got on base following an error by Michigan’s Abby Ramirez that allowed Kelsey Stewart to reach second base. After a ground out, Haeger came up and hit a bomb to left field to put the Gators up 2-0. A two out walk by Kayli Kvistad put her on first, but another strike out ended the inning with Florida leading 2-0.

Michigan got another two out hit in the top of the second, this time from Haylie Wagner and a walk drawn by Tera Blanco put two runners on base. Ramirez struck out swinging to end the inning and Michigan still down 2-0.

The Gators added to their lead in the bottom of the third. A one out single by Nicole DeWitt was followed by a crushing double to the right center field gap by Haeger that scored DeWitt. Kirsti Merritt was hit by the next pitch to put runners on first and second with only one out. After a ground out and walk loaded the bases, Megan Betsa was relieved by Haylie Wagner in the circle. She got the job done by forcing a foul out to end the inning and Michigan trailing 3-0 after three innings.

Ocasio was able to pitch around a one out walk to Lindsay Montemarano in the top of the fourth. Meanwhile, Florida got a lead off base runner after an error at shortstop by Ramirez. Despite that, Wagner was able to set the next three down in order to keep it a three run game.

In the top of the sixth, Michigan had a great opportunity to put their first run on the board. Kelsey Susalla singled to center and Lauren Sweet was hit by a pitch while also being pinch ran for by Nikki Wald. A fly out to right field put runners on the corners. Wagner hit a shot to left field, but just missed staying fair and she popped out to second to end the at-bat.

A walk by Blanco loaded the bases to bring up Ramirez with the bases loaded. Ramirez hit a slapper up the middle to drive home Wald and Susalla to make it a 3-2 game. Sierra Lawrence hit a hard shot to left field, but it was caught to end the inning after the top of the sixth.

The first pitch of the bottom half of the sixth hit Bailey Castro and she was pinch ran for by Justine McLean. A fly out and sacrifice moved McLean up to second, but a short pop out to the pitcher put Michigan down to their final three outs in the seventh.

Delanie Gourley stepped into the circle to start the seventh in place of Ocasio for the Gators. She gave up a lead off walk to Sierra Romero and she moved up to second on a passed ball to put her in scoring position. A single by Christner put runners on the corners before a nice stab at short by Katie Medina put the runner out at second to leave runners on the corners with one out. Interestingly, Romero stayed put at third when she may have been able to score on the throw to first.

Gourley then used a nice curveball to strike out Sweet for the second out. Gourley then induced a ground ball from Montemarano to end the game.

Lauren Haeger was the star going 2 for 3 with all three runs batted in and one run. Aleshia Ocasio pitched six innings giving up two runs, five hits, and four walks while striking out three batters.

Michigan’s Haylie Wagner pitched a perfect three and one third innings with one strikeout.

Game two will be on Tuesday night at 8 PM Eastern Time on ESPN. Michigan needs to win to force the decisive game three on Wednesday night.