2019 Women’s College World Series Schedule

Oklahoma celebrates their Super Regional victory over Northwestern. The Sooners are headed back to the Women’s College World Series seeking their 5th title in school history. Oklahoma enters the WCWS as the #1 overall seed and have been dominant for much of the season. (Bryan Terry / The Oklahoman)

2019 Women’s College World Series Schedule

The 2019 NCAA Division 1 Softball season has come down to the final 8 teams vying to win the Women’s College World Series. An updated bracket can be found here. Each game of the 2019 Women’s College World Series will take place from ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The remaining 8 teams will compete in a double elimination format until only two teams remain. Those two teams will then play in a best-of-three championship series to determine the 2019 national champion.

The Florida State Seminoles were the defending national champion after defeating the Washington Huskies in the 2018 championship series. The Seminoles lost to Oklahoma State in the Super Regionals. The Oklahoma Sooners won the national championship in both 2016 and 2017 will be back seeking their third title in four seasons.

Seven of the eight schools in the Women’s College World Series have previously made an appearance in Oklahoma City. Minnesota is making its first appearance in the WCWS. Of the seven teams that have previously made the WCWS, Arizona has had the longest absence since their last appearance in 2010. The below table shows the eight teams taking part in the WCWS along with their last appearance, record, conference affiliation, and all-time WCWS appearances.

SeedTeamLast WCWSRecordConferenceWCWS Appearances
1Oklahoma201854-3Big 1213th
2UCLA201851-6Pac-1229th
3Washington201850-7Pac-1214th
5Florida201849-16SEC10th
6Arizona201047-12Pac-1223rd
7MinnesotaNone46-12Big 101st
8Alabama201657-8SEC12th
13Oklahoma State201144-15Big 128th

The Women’s College World Series will get underway on Thursday, May 30 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. Please note all times listed below are Eastern. The Championship Series schedule is listed at the bottom of the article.

DateGameTime (EST)
TV
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/30/19Game 112 PM
ESPN
#6 Arizona#3 Washington3-18 Innings
5/30/19Game 22:30 PM
ESPN
#7 Minnesota#2 UCLA2-7
5/30/19Game 37 PM
ESPN2
#13 Okla. State#5 Florida2-1
5/30/19Game 49:30 PM
ESPN2
#8 Alabama#1 Oklahoma2-3
5/31/19Game 57 PM
ESPN
#2 UCLA#6 Arizona6-2
5/31/19Game 69:30 PM
ESPN
#1 Oklahoma#13 Okla. State6-1
6/1/19Game 712 PM
ESPN
#3 Washington#7 Minnesota5-3Minnesota Eliminated
6/1/19Game 82:30 PM
ESPN
#5 Florida#8 Alabama3-15Florida Eliminated / 5 Innings
6/1/19Game 97 PM
ESPN
#13 Okla. State#3 Washington0-1Okla. State Eliminated
6/1/19Game 109:30 PM
ESPN
#8 Alabama#6 Arizona2-0Arizona Eliminated
6/2/19Game 111 PM
ESPN
#3 Washington#2 UCLA0-3Washington Eliminated / 10 Innings
6/2/19Game 123:30 PM
ESPN
#1 Oklahoma#8 Alabama0-18 Innings
6/2/19Game 137 PM
ESPN2
Game 11 LoserGame 11 WinnerElimination
Game / If Necessary
6/2/19Game 149:30 PM
ESPN2
#8 Alabama#1 Oklahoma3-7Alabama Eliminated

2019 Women’s College World Series Championship Series

DateGameTime (EST)
TV
Team #1Team #2Score
6/3/19Game 17 PM
ESPN
#2 UCLA#1 Oklahoma16-3
6/4/19Game 28 PM
ESPN
#1 Oklahoma#2 UCLA4-5
6/5/19Game 38 PM
ESPN
#2 UCLA#1 OklahomaIf Necessary

2019 NCAA Division 1 Softball Super Regional Schedule

James Madison won two games against #15 seed Michigan in Ann Arbor on Monday to advance to their second Super Regional in school history (Photo courtesy of James Madison Softball via Twitter @JMUSoftball).

2019 NCAA Division 1 Softball Super   Regional Schedule

The 2019 NCAA Division 1 Softball Tournament is down to 16 teams after the first weekend of play. This upcoming weekend will feature those 16 teams in the Super Regional round to determine the final 8 teams that will advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Only one of the 16 national seeds, #15 Michigan, failed to advance to the Super Regional round. An updated bracket can be found here.

Below are the 16 teams that advanced to the Super Regional round in a sortable table.

SeedTeamRecordConferenceSuper
Regional
Appearances
1Oklahoma52-3Big 1213th
2UCLA49-6Pac-1211th
3Washington48-7Big 1013th
4Florida State54-8ACC8th
5Florida47-15SEC12th
6Arizona45-12Pac-1214th
7Minnesota44-12Big 102nd
8Alabama55-7SEC15th
9Texas45-15Big 125th
10LSU42-17SEC8th
11Mississippi40-18SEC2nd
12Tennessee42-15SEC11th
13Oklahoma State42-14Big 122nd
14Kentucky36-22SEC7th
16Northwestern47-11Big 105th
UnseededJames Madison50-8CAA2nd

Below, we list each Super Regional in order of the opening Women’s College World Series matchup (1 v 8, 4 v 5, etc.). All dates and times listed below are tentative. Updates, along with final scores, will be made as the changes are known. The Tallahassee and Tuscaloosa Super Regionals will begin on Thursday while the remaining six will start play on Friday.

Super Regional #1 – Norman, Oklahoma
DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/24/19Game #13 PM
ESPN2
#16 Northwestern#1 Oklahoma0-3
5/25/19Game #24 PM
ESPN
#1 Oklahoma#16 Northwestern8-0OU to WCWS
5/26/19Game #32 PM
ESPN
#16 Northwestern#1 OklahomaIf Necessary
Super Regional #8 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama
DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/23/19Game #19 PM
ESPN
#9 Texas#8 Alabama0-3
5/24/19Game #29 PM
ESPN
#8 Alabama#9 Texas5-7
5/25/19Game #32 PM
ESPN
#9 Texas#8 Alabama5-8Alabama to WCWS
Super Regional #4 – Tallahassee, Florida
DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/23/19Game #17 PM
ESPN
#13 Okla. State#4 Florida State3-19 Innings
5/24/19Game #27 PM
ESPN
#4 Florida State#13 Okla. State4-1
5/25/19Game #312 PM
ESPN
#13 Okla. State#4 Florida State3-2OSU to WCWS
Super Regional #5 – Gainesville, Florida
DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/24/19Game #17 PM
ESPN2
#12 Tenn.#5 Florida0-3
5/25/19Game #26 PM
ESPN
#5 Florida#12 Tenn.2-39 Innings
5/26/19Game #32 PM
ESPNU
#12 Tenn.#5 Florida1-2Florida to WCWS / 8 Innings
Super Regional #3 – Seattle, Washington
DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/24/19Game #19 PM
ESPN2
#14 Kentucky#3 Washington0-3
5/25/19Game #210 PM
ESPN2
#3 Washington#14 Kentucky5-0Washington to WCWS
5/26/19Game #310 PM
ESPN2
#14 Kentucky#3 WashingtonIf Necessary
Super Regional #6 – Tuscon, Arizona
DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/24/19Game #17 PM
ESPNU
#11 Ole Miss#6 Arizona2-5
5/25/19Game #28 PM
ESPN2
#6 Arizona#11 Ole Miss9-1Arizona to WCWS
5/26/19Game #38 PM
ESPN2
#11 Ole Miss#6 ArizonaIf Necessary
Super Regional #2 – Los Angeles, California
DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/24/19Game #19 PM
ESPNU
James Madison#2 UCLA1-6
5/25/19Game #28 PM
ESPN
#2 UCLAJames Madison7-2UCLA to WCWS
5/26/19Game #34 PM
ESPNU
James Madison#2 UCLAIf Necessary
Super Regional #7 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/24/19Game #15 PM
ESPN2
#10 LSU#7 Minnesota3-5
5/25/19Game #26 PM
ESPN2
#7 Minnesota#10 LSU3-0Minnesota to WCWS
5/26/19Game #34 PM
ESPN
#10 LSU#7 MinnesotaIf Necessary
Thursday, May 23 Super Regional Games
Super RegionalGameTime (EST)
TV
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
TallahasseeGame 17 PM
ESPN
#13 Okla. St.#4 Fla. St.3-19 Innings
TuscaloosaGame 19 PM
ESPN
#9 Texas#8 Alabama0-3
Friday, May 24 Super Regional Games
RegionalGameTime (EST)
TV
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
NormanGame 13 PM
ESPN2
#16 Northwestern#1 Oklahoma0-3
MinneapolisGame 15 PM
ESPN2
#10 LSU#7 Minnesota3-5
TallahasseeGame 27 PM
ESPN
#4 Florida State#13 Oklahoma State4-1Potential Elimination Game
TusconGame 17 PM
ESPNU
#11 Ole Miss#6 Arizona2-5
GainesvilleGame 17 PM
ESPN2
#12 Tennessee#5 Florida0-3
TuscaloosaGame 29 PM
ESPN
#8 Alabama#9 Texas5-7Potential Elimination Game
Los AngelesGame 19 PM
ESPNU
James Madison#2 UCLA1-6
SeattleGame 19 PM
ESPN2
#14 Kentucky#3 Washington0-3
Saturday, May 25 Super Regional Games
RegionalGameTime (EST)
TV
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
TallahasseeGame 312 PM
ESPN
#13 Oklahoma State#4 Florida State3-2OSU to WCWS
TuscaloosaGame 32 PM
ESPN
#9 Texas#8 Alabama5-8Alabama to WCWS
NormanGame 24 PM
ESPN
#1 Oklahoma#16 Northwestern8-0OU to WCWS
MinneapolisGame 26 PM
ESPN2
#7 Minnesota#10 LSU3-0Minnesota to WCWS
GainesvilleGame 26 PM
ESPN
#5 Florida#12 Tennessee2-39 Innings
TusconGame 28 PM
ESPN2
#6 Arizona#11 Ole Miss9-1Arizona to WCWS
Los AngelesGame 28 PM
ESPN
#2 UCLAJames Madison7-2UCLA to WCWS
SeattleGame 210 PM
ESPN2
#3 Washington#14 Kentucky5-0Kentucky to WCWS
Sunday, May 26 Super Regional Games
RegionalGameTime (EST)
TV
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
GainesvilleGame 32 PM
ESPNU
#12 Tennessee#5 Florida1-2Florida to WCWS / 8 Innings
NormanGame 32 PM
ESPN
#16 Northwestern#1 OklahomaIf Necessary
Los AngelesGame 34 PM
ESPNU
James Madison#2 UCLAIf Necessary
MinneapolisGame 34 PM
ESPN
#10 LSU#7 MinnesotaIf Necessary
TusconGame 38 PM
ESPN2
#11 Ole Miss#6 ArizonaIf Necessary
SeattleGame 310 PM
ESPN2
#14 Kentucky#3 WashingtonIf Necessary
Women’s College World Series

The 2019 Women’s College World Series will take place between Thursday, May 30 and Wednesday, June 5 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.

2019 NCAA Division 1 Softball Tournament Schedule

Florida State won the 2018 Women’s College World Series after sweeping the Washington Huskies in the Championship Series. Can the Seminoles defend their crown? (Photo courtesy of WBSC)

2019 NCAA Division 1 Softball Tournament Schedule

The 2019 NCAA Division I Softball bracket has been revealed as the road to Oklahoma City commences this week. The Florida State Seminoles are the defending National Champions after sweeping the Washington Huskies in the 2019 WCWS Championship Series. The top four seeds are Oklahoma, UCLA, Washington, and Florida State.

The 2019 Tournament will begin with the regional round on Thursday, May 16. The regional round will conclude on Sunday, May 19 with the 16 winners of each regional advancing to the Super Regional Round. Below are the 16 National Seeds and regional hosts as ranked by the NCAA.

SeedTeamRecordConference
1Oklahoma49-2Big 12
2UCLA46-5Pac-12
3Washington45-7Pac-12
4Florida State51-8ACC
5Florida44-15SEC
6Arizona42-12Pac-12
7Minnesota41-12Big 10
8Alabama52-7SEC
9Texas41-14Big 12
10LSU40-16SEC
11Ole Miss37-17SEC
12Tennessee39-14SEC
13Oklahoma State39-14Big 12
14Kentucky33-22SEC
15Michigan43-11Big 10
16Northwestern43-10Big 10

2019 NCAA Division 1 Softball Teams

Below are all 64 teams that have made the 2019 NCAA Division 1 Softball tournament. 32 teams received automatic bids either by being the regular season champions or winning the conference tournament while the other 32 are selected at-large by the Softball Committee. The Atlantic 10 (Fordham), American Athletic (South Florida), and Big 12 (Oklahoma) conference tournaments were not completed as a result of weather. In these three cases, the automatic bid went to the regular season champion.

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. Note: the hosts for each regional have been marked with an asterisk in the table below.

ConferenceTeamRecordRouteRegional
American EastUMBC30-22Tournament ChampionsNorman
American AthleticSouth Florida40-17Regular Season ChampionsTallahassee
ACCFlorida State*51-8Tournament ChampionsTallahassee
Atlantic 10Fordham29-24Regular Season ChampionsSeattle
Atlantic SunLipscomb41-13-1Tournament ChampionsTuscaloosa
Big 12Oklahoma*49-2Regular
Season
Champions
Norman
Big EastDePaul34-14Tournament ChampionsAnn Arbor
Big SkyWeber State26-19Tournament ChampionsLos Angeles
Big SouthLongwood37-20Tournament ChampionsKnoxville
Big TenMichigan*43-11Tournament ChampionsAnn Arbor
Big WestCal State
Fullerton
38-16Regular Season ChampionsLos Angeles
ColonialJames Madison47-7Tournament ChampionsAnn Arbor
C-USALouisiana Tech44-14Tournament ChampionsBaton Rouge
HorizonDetroit Mercy31-26Tournament ChampionsEvanston
Ivy LeagueHarvard25-17Championship Series WinnerTuscon
Mid-AmericanToledo29-26Tournament ChampionsLexington
Metro AtlanticMonmouth36-16Tournament ChampionsBaton Rouge
Mid-EasternBethune-Cookman26-29Tournament ChampionsTallahassee
Missouri ValleyDrake42-14Tournament ChampionsMinneapolis
Mountain WestColorado State38-10Regular Season ChampionsTuscon
NortheastSt. Francis (PA)29-29Tournament ChampionsAnn Arbor
Ohio ValleySE Missouri State45-16Tournament ChampionsOxford
Pac-12UCLA*46-5Regular Season ChampionsLos Angeles
Patriot LeagueBoston U37-18Tournament ChampionsGainesville
SECFlorida*44-15Tournament ChampionsGainesville
SouthernChattanooga37-15Tournament ChampionsOxford
SouthlandSam Houston
State
34-21Tournament ChampionsAustin
SWACAlabama State24-23Tournament ChampionsTuscaloosa
Summit LeagueNorth Dakota State42-14Tournament ChampionsMinneapolis
Sun BeltLouisiana50-4Tournament ChampionsOxford
WACSeattle U39-15Tournament ChampionsSeattle
West CoastBYU29-24Regular Season ChampionsStillwater
American AthleticHouston37-17At-LargeAustin
American AthleticTulsa35-18At-LargeStillwater
ACCLouisville33-21At-LargeEvanston
ACCNorth Carolina35-18At-LargeKnoxville
ACCNotre Dame36-16At-LargeNorman
ACCVirginia Tech45-9At-LargeLexington
Big 10Illinois32-23At-LargeLexington
Big 10Minnesota*41-12At-LargeMinneapolis
Big 10Northwestern*43-10At-LargeEvanston
Big 10Ohio State34-16At-LargeKnoxville
Big 10Wisconsin40-12At-LargeNorman
Big 12Oklahoma State*39-14At-LargeStillwater
Big 12Texas*41-14At-LargeAustin
Big 12Texas Tech39-14At-LargeBaton Rouge
Mountain WestBoise State34-14At-LargeGainesville
Ohio ValleySouthern Illinois33-13At-LargeEvanston
Pac-12Arizona*42-12At-LargeTuscon
Pac-12Arizona State33-18At-LargeTuscaloosa
Pac-12Stanford32-18At-LargeGainesville
Pac-12Washington*45-7At-LargeSeattle
SECAlabama*52-7At-LargeTuscaloosa
SECArkansas38-18At-LargeStillwater
SECAuburn37-19At-LargeTuscon
SECGeorgia40-17At-LargeMinneapolis
SECKentucky*33-22At-LargeLexington
SECLSU*40-16At-LargeBaton Rouge
SECMissouri32-23At-LargeLos Angeles
SECMississippi State33-21At-LargeSeattle
SECOle Miss*37-17At-LargeOxford
SECSouth Carolina36-17At-LargeTallahassee
SECTennessee*39-14At-LargeKnoxville
SECTexas A&M28-25At-LargeAustin

Regionals

The 2019 NCAA Division 1 Softball tournament will start with 16 regionals divided into four teams per regional. Each regional employs the double-elimination format with the 16 national seeds listed above hosting a regional. The regionals are listed in order of the potential Super Regional matchup (i.e. #1 vs #16, #8 vs #9, #5 vs. #12, #4 vs. #13, etc.).

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

Regional #1 – Norman, Oklahoma

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #17 PMWisconsinNotre Dame4-2
5/17/19Game #29:30 PMUMBC#1 Oklahoma0-125 Innings
5/18/19Game #34 PM#1 OklahomaWisconsin4-0No-Hitter
5/18/19Game #46:30 PMNotre DameUMBC2-0UMBC Eliminated
5/18/19Game #59 PMNotre DameWisconsin4-5Notre Dame Eliminated
5/19/19Game #62 PMWisconsin#1 Oklahoma2-1
5/19/19Game #74:30 PM#1 OklahomaWisconsin2-0Oklahoma Advances

Regional #16 – Evanston, Illinois

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #11 PMSouthern IllinoisLouisville5-9
5/17/19Game #23:30 PMDetroit Mercy#16 Northwestern1-155 Innings
5/18/19Game #32 PMLouisville#16 Northwestern2-1
5/18/19Game #44:30 PMDetroit MercySouthern Illinois1-2Detroit Mercy Eliminated
5/18/19Game #57 PM#16 NorthwesternSouthern Illinois8-1Southern Illinois Eliminated
5/19/19Game #62 PM#16 NorthwesternLouisville7-0
5/19/19Game #74:30 PMLouisville#16 Northwestern3-4Northwestern Advances

Regional #8 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #14 PMLipscombArizona State3-4
5/17/19Game #26:30 PMAlabama State#8 Alabama2-8
5/18/19Game #32 PMArizona State#8 Alabama4-7
5/18/19Game #44:30 PMAlabama StateLipscomb0-14Alabama State Eliminated
5/18/19Game #57 PMArizona StateLipscomb10-1Lipscomb Eliminated / 6 Innings
5/19/19Game #62 PM#8 AlabamaArizona State9-8Alabama Advances
5/19/19Game #74:30 PMGame 6
Winner
Game 6
Loser
Elimination
Game / If Necessary

Regional #9 – Austin, Texas

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #12 PMTexas A&MHouston1-3
5/17/19Game #25 PMSam Houston
State
#9 Texas2-1
5/18/19Game #32 PMHoustonSam Houston State5-0
5/18/19Game #44:30 PM#9 TexasTexas A&M3-2Texas A&M Eliminated / 8 Innings
5/18/19Game #57 PM#9 TexasSam Houston State3-0SHSU Eliminated
5/19/19Game #64:30 PMHouston#9 Texas2-5
5/19/19Game #77 PM#9 TexasHouston7-0Texas Advances

Regional #5 – Gainesville, Florida

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #112 PMBoise StateStanford9-1
5/17/19Game #22:30 PMBoston U.#5 Florida0-3
5/18/19Game #32 PM#5 FloridaBoise State8-05 Innings
5/18/19Game #44:30 PMStanfordBoston U.13-2Boston U. Eliminated
5/18/19Game #57 PMStanfordBoise State0-2Stanford Eliminated
5/19/19Game #612 PMBoise State#5 Florida0-5Florida Advances
5/19/19Game #72:30 PMGame 6
Winner
Game 6
Loser
Elimination
Game / If Necessary

Regional #12 – Knoxville, Tennessee

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #111 AMOhio StateNorth Carolina1-0
5/17/19Game #21:30 PMLongwood#12 Tennessee0-8
5/18/19Game #312 PM#12 TennesseeOhio State12-4
5/18/19Game #42:30 PMNorth CarolinaLongwood3-1Longwood Eliminated
5/18/19Game #55 PMNorth CarolinaOhio State5-3Ohio St. Eliminated
5/19/19Game #612 PM#12 TennesseeNorth Carolina0-1
5/19/19Game #72:30 PMNorth Carolina#12 Tennessee0-2Tennessee Advances

Regional #4 – Tallahassee, Florida

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #112 PMSouth FloridaSouth Carolina3-2
5/17/19Game #22:30 PMBethune-Cookman#4 Florida State0-8
5/18/19Game #312 PM#4 Florida StateSouth Florida12-15 Innings
5/18/19Game #42:30 PMSouth CarolinaBethune-Cookman10-0Bethune-Cookman Eliminated
5/18/19Game #55 PMSouth CarolinaSouth Florida2-1USF Eliminated / 10 Innings
5/19/19Game #612 PM#4 Florida StateSouth Carolina7-6Florida St. Advances
5/19/19Game #72:30 PMGame 6
Winner
Game 6
Loser
Elimination
Game / If Necessary

Regional #13 – Stillwater, Oklahoma

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/16/19Game #16 PMTulsaArkansas5-0
5/16/19Game #28:30 PMBYU#13 Okla. State1-3
5/17/19Game #31 PM#13 Okla. StateTulsa13-10
5/17/19Game #43:30 PMArkansasBYU3-6Arkansas Eliminated
5/17/19Game #56 PMBYUTulsa4-6BYU Eliminated
5/18/19Game #64 PMTulsa#13 Okla. State1-2Oklahoma State Advances
5/18/19Game #76:30 PMGame 6
Winner
Game 6
Loser
Elimination
Game / If Necessary

Regional #3 – Seattle, Washington

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #17:30 PMSeattle U.Mississippi State3-5
5/17/19Game #210 PMFordham#3 Washington0-2
5/18/19Game #36 PMMississippi State#3 Washington1-6
5/18/19Game #48:30 PMFordhamSeattle U.0-1Fordham Eliminated / 8 Innings
5/18/19Game #511 PMMississippi StateSeattle U.7-3Seattle U. Eliminated
5/19/19Game #69 PM#3 WashingtonMississippi State8-0Washington Advances / No-Hitter
5/19/19Game #711:30 PMGame 6
Winner
Game 6
Loser
Elimination
Game / If Necessary

Regional #14 – Lexington, Kentucky

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #112 PMIllinoisVirginia Tech2-6
5/17/19Game #22:30 PMToledo#14 Kentucky2-7
5/18/19Game #312 PMVirginia Tech#14 Kentucky1-8
5/18/19Game #42:30 PMToledoIllinois0-2Toledo Eliminated
5/18/19Game #55 PMVirginia TechIllinois5-1Illinois Eliminated
5/19/19Game #612 PM#14 KentuckyVirginia Tech11-1Kentucky Advances / 6 Innings
5/19/19Game #72:30 PMGame 6
Winner
Game 6
Loser
Elimination
Game / If Necessary

Regional #6 – Tuscon, Arizona

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #19 PMColorado StateAuburn5-10
5/17/19Game #211:30 PMHarvard#6 Arizona1-5
5/18/19Game #36 PMAuburn#6 Arizona1-2
5/18/19Game #48:30 PMHarvardColorado State0-6Harvard Eliminated
5/18/19Game #511 PMAuburnColorado State8-0CSU Eliminated
5/19/19Game #67 PM#6 ArizonaAuburn12-3Arizona Advances
5/19/19Game #79:30 PMGame 6
Winner
Game 6
Loser
Elimination
Game / If Necessary

Regional #11 – Oxford, Mississippi

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #14:30 PMSE Missouri StateLouisiana2-3
5/17/19Game #27 PMChattanooga#11 Ole Miss0-125 Innings
5/18/19Game #31 PMLouisiana#11 Ole Miss2-0
5/18/19Game #43:30 PMChattanoogaSE Missouri State1-2Chattanooga Eliminated
5/18/19Game #56 PM#11 Ole MissSE Missouri State10-0SEMO Eliminated / 5 Innings
5/19/19Game #63 PM#11 Ole MissLouisiana5-1
5/19/19Game #75:30 PMLouisiana#11 Ole Miss4-5Ole Miss Advances

Regional #7 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #17 PMDrakeGeorgia4-68 Innings
5/17/19Game #29:30 PMNorth Dak. St.#7 Minnesota0-3
5/18/19Game #34 PMGeorgia#7 Minnesota1-2
5/18/19Game #46:30 PMNorth Dak. St.Drake0-8NDSU Eliminated / 5 Innings
5/20/19Game #511 AMGeorgiaDrake7-4Drake Eliminated
5/20/19Game #61 PM#7 MinnesotaGeorgia8-1Minnesota Advances
5/20/19Game #73:30 PMGame 6
Winner
Game 6
Loser
Elimination
Game / If Necessary

Regional #10 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #13 PMLouisiana TechTexas Tech0-3
5/17/19Game #25:30 PMMonmouth#10 LSU0-2
5/18/19Game #32 PMTexas Tech#10 LSU4-513 Innings
5/18/19Game #44:30 PMMonmouthLouisiana Tech0-1Monmouth Eliminated
5/18/19Game #57 PMTexas TechLouisiana Tech3-1La. Tech Eliminated
5/19/19Game #64 PM#10 LSUTexas Tech4-5
5/19/19Game #76:30 PMTexas Tech#10 LSU1-5LSU Advances

Regional #2 – Los Angeles, California

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #18:30 PMCal. State FullertonMissouri4-7
5/17/19Game #211 PMWeber State#2 UCLA0-6
5/18/19Game #36 PMMissouri#2 UCLA1-95 Innings
5/18/19Game #48:30 PMWeber StateCal. State Fullerton7-3CSF Eliminated
5/18/19Game #511 PMMissouriWeber State7-0Weber St. Eliminated
5/19/19Game #65 PM#2 UCLAMissouri1-5
5/19/19Game #77:30 PMMissouri#2 UCLA1-13UCLA Advances / 5 Innings

Regional #15 – Ann Arbor, Michigan

DateGameTime
(EST)
Team #1Team #2ScoreNotes
5/17/19Game #12 PMDePaulJames Madison2-5
5/17/19Game #24:30 PMSt. Francis (PA)#15 Michigan0-86 Innings
5/18/19Game #312 PMJames Madison#15 Michigan0-112 Innings
5/18/19Game #42:30 PMSt. Francis (PA)DePaul1-3St. Francis Eliminated
5/18/19Game #55 PMJames MadisonDePaul3-0DePaul Eliminated
5/20/19Game #612 PM#15 MichiganJames Madison0-3
5/20/19Game #72:30 PMJames Madison#15 Michigan2-1James Madison Advances

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Revisiting the Trends From the Kentucky Derby Points System

Country House with jockey Flavien Prat after winning the 2019 Kentucky Derby (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Revisiting The Trends From The Kentucky Derby Points System

The 2019 Kentucky Derby provided plenty of talking points as Maximum Security crossed the line first, but was subsequently disqualified and placed 17th, which elevated Country House from second to become the winner of the event’s 145th running. Here is a replay of the race below for those who may have not seen it.

This article does not address whether the disqualification was correct, nor does it address the slew of concerns as result of the disqualification related to transparency and consistency from stewards. Those issues deserve a separate discussion some of which have already been rigorously debated on social media. This article is a revisit of one from three years ago that reviewed the trends in the Kentucky Derby. In summary, the article from 2016 basically noted the obvious: favorites, speed, and California based horses were dominating the Kentucky Derby.

For a bit of history, prior to the 2013 Kentucky Derby, entrants were determined by how much purse money they earned in graded stake races regardless of distance, surface, and also included juvenile race earnings. Since 2013, the Kentucky Derby entrants have been determined by how many points a horse totals in the designated races, which focus on longer distance events. The earlier events between September and February have a lower point value assigned to them while the largest point value races are held primarily in March and April. With that context, here are the winners of the last seven years, all under the current Kentucky Derby points system.

YearWinner$2 WinTrack
Condition
Field
Size
Favorite
Finish
2019Country
House
$132.40 Sloppy
(Sealed)
194th
2018Justify$7.80Sloppy
(Sealed)
201st
2017Always
Dreaming
$11.40Wet Fast
(Sealed)
201st
2016Nyquist$6.60Fast201st
2015American
Pharoah
$7.80Fast181st
2014California
Chrome
$7.00Fast191st
2013Orb$12.80Sloppy
(Sealed)
191st

In the first six years showed a parade of favorites and the track condition did not matter. Justify was the only California horse to win the last three years, but he made quite the impression by winning the Triple Crown (Maximum Security was the second favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby).

To keep things in perspective, let’s look at the seven years prior to the introduction of the points system.

YearWinner$2 WinTrack
Condition
Field
Size
Favorite
Finish
2012I’ll Have
Another
$32.60Fast202nd
2011Animal
Kingdom
$43.80Fast198th
2010Super Saver$18.00Sloppy
(Sealed)
206th
2009Mine That
Bird
$103.20Sloppy
(Sealed)
1918th
2008Big Brown$6.80Fast201st
2007Street Sense$11.80Fast201st
2006Barbaro$14.20Fast207th

The previous seven years before the points system show only two winning favorites with another favorite finishing as the runner up. Also, only I’ll Have Another had previously run in California and then won the Derby. It is worth noting that over the last 20 years Santa Anita (California), Oaklawn (Arkansas), and Gulfstream Park (Florida) have had the best success producing Kentucky Derby winners, which is an interesting trend in itself in terms of quality prep races.

Looking at results alone is insufficient to draw conclusions. Let’s now look at the internal fractions to see if there was indeed a shift in how fast the races were being run.

Year1/4
Split
1/2
Split
3/4
Split
Final
Time
Track Winning
Style

201922.3146.621:12.50 2:03.93 Sloppy
(Sealed)
Mid Pack
201822.2445.771:11.01 2:04.20 Sloppy
(Sealed)
Near Lead
201722.7046.531:11.122:03.59Wet Fast
(Sealed)
Near Lead
201622.5845.721:10.402:01.31FastNear Lead
201523.2447.341:11.292:03.02FastNear Lead
201423.0447.371:11.802:03.66FastNear Lead
201322.5745.331:09.802:02.89Sloppy
(Sealed)
Deep
Closer

Based on the seven years of the points system, it is clear that a horse near the lead does quite well. One caveat is that the horses that won these races were the favorites and were considered better than the competition. This could be nothing more than the best horses having a similar style while also being head and shoulders above their peers. Below are the seven years before the start of the points system.

Year1/4
Split
1/2
Split
3/4
Split
Final
Time
Track
Winning
Style
201222.3245.391:09.802:01.83FastMid Pack
201123.2448.631:13.402:02.04FastMid Pack
201022.6346.161:10.582:04.45Sloppy
(Sealed)
Stalker
200922.9847.231:12.092:02.66Sloppy
(Sealed)
Deep
Closer
200823.3047.041:11.142:01.82FastNear Lead
200722.9646.261:11.132:02.17FastDeep
Closer
200622.6346.071:10.882:01.36FastNear Lead

The 2006 – 2012 time frame saw fewer near the lead types winning with a fair distribution between the different running styles. Let’s average the time splits for the two periods for comparison.

Time Frame1/4 Split1/2 Split3/4 SplitFinal Time
2013 – 201922.6746.381:11.132:03.23
2006 – 201222.8746.681:11.292:02.33

In 2015, yours truly theorized that cheap speed (horses who are more adept at shorter distances) were causing the early fractions to be too quick and tiring out more horses, thus leading to more upsets. Trinniberg from the 2012 Derby is an of cited example of a speed horse who entered the Kentucky Derby with little chance of winning. However, the averages say the opposite is happening; the races under the points system are faster, on average. Hmm.

The early half of the race is quicker by about a length, yet speed horses are still winning. Maybe this is indicative of Churchill Downs getting the points system right by allowing the quality speed horses to shine? (Some will say this is true except for Maximum Security after Saturday’s controversial ending, but that is a whole different discussion). For what it’s worth, had Maximum Security not been disqualified, he would have been a gate-to-wire winner, which would have made it six straight years a horse on or near the lead won the Kentucky Derby. As stated earlier, it could be the case that the best horses were accurately made the favorite and all had similar front running styles that were most effective against the competition. Or maybe the points system is working as intended.

Conclusion

The Kentucky Derby is such a unique event to draw any parallels from as each running is different from any other one.
How many horses were setting the pace? Was there any pressure on the leader(s)? How was the track condition? How did the track condition affect the shape of the race? Did one of the speed horses not break well? Was there interference at some point? What about the variation in training methods over the years? Or race-day medication? Security barn regulations? Those are just a small sample of the many questions that can have different answers between time periods or year to year for how each race was run and won. The myriad of factors changing from year to year can also make it nigh impossible to establish legitimate trends though that will not stop some from trying.

It is worth tracking how speed horses fare over the next few runnings to see if this is a legitimate trend. So far, speed has been quite dominant under the points system, but that could easily be an early trend due to the novelty of the system. Perhaps Country House is the start of a mid-pack or closer streak of winners. Furthermore, quite a few trends have been broken in the last 15 years that seemed unlikely such as Justify becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Derby without a start at two. Or Barbaro winning the 2006 Kentucky Derby after a five-week layoff, a feat that had not been achieved for the previous 50 years. Or Big Brown winning the 2008 race from post 20 becoming the first horse to do that since 1929.

The Kentucky Derby is always a spectacle for both casual and long-time observers. 2019 did not disappoint in that regard. Enjoy the rest of the Triple Crown trail (and whatever drama comes along with it)!