OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma is back to try to defend its national championship at the Women’s College World Series.
The top-seeded Sooners beat Central Florida on Friday and Saturday in super-regional games to qualify and will meet Northwestern in the opening match of the World Series in Oklahoma City on Thursday.
Oklahoma has won four of the last eight national titles under coach Patty Gasso and defeated Florida last year to win them all. Oklahoma’s biggest star – slugger Jocelyn Alo – is the reigning U.S. Softball Player of the Year and leader of Division I’s home career.
Northwestern rallied Sunday night to beat Arizona State 8-6 in Match 3 of their Super Regional to prepare for the match against the Sooners.
The World Series begins with a double elimination tournament of eight teams, followed by a series of the top three championships, starting on June 8.
Florida is the only member of the often-dominated Southeastern Conference to qualify. The 14th Deployment Gators defeated the No. 3 Virginia Tech on Sunday 12-0 in Match 3 of their Super Regional.
Florida will play Thursday with the deployed state of Oregon. Oregon State defeated Stanford in two consecutive games in the Super Regionals after crossing number 11 in Tennessee in the regionals.
UCLA, which has the most NCAA titles with 12, qualified to beat Duke in both superregional games. The Bruins will face Texas on Thursday. The Longhorns upset no. 4 deployed Arkansas in three games in Super Regional.
Oklahoma is back for the third year in a row. Seven seeded Cowgirls defeated Clemson in both superregional matches. The state of Oklahoma will play Thursday with an unassigned Arizona, which defeated the unassigned state of Mississippi in the Super Regionals.
The holder did not go as planned because the second-placed Florida State, 3rd Virginia Tech, 4th Arkansas and 6th Alabama failed to qualify for the World Series.
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