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Women's College World Series field set for Oklahoma City

By John Williams,


In what has become one of the best weekends in sports, the super regionals didn’t disappoint. There were incredible matchups across the board, and while just two of the super regionals went to a game three, there was plenty of drama across the country.

Of the eight teams that advanced, only one lower-seeded team in the super regional was able to advance. The Stanford Cardinal. Of the eight teams represented, three are from the Pac-12, two are from the Big 12, two are from the SEC, and one is from the ACC. No Big Ten teams were able to make it to the Women’s College World Series, and no mid-major programs advanced to OKC in 2023.

With the super regionals complete, here’s a look at the Women’s College World Series field and how each team punched their ticket to Oklahoma City.

No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners

How Oklahoma got here

The Sooners outscored their opponents in the Norman Regional 38-3 to advance to a matchup with Clemson in the super regionals.

Oklahoma needed heroics from Kinzie Hansen and then Tiare Jennings to win on Saturday and sweep the Tigers to advance to the WCWS.

WCWS opener: No. 9 Stanford

No. 3 Florida State Seminoles

How Florida State got here

Florida State beat Marist and UCF to advance to the final, but was shut out, 4-0, as South Carolina forced a winner-take-all game. The Seminoles responded with a fantastic performance from Kathryn Sandercock, who threw a perfect game to power Florida State to the super regionals.

In super regional action, the Seminoles swept Georgia, outscoring the Bulldogs 12-3 in the two games.

WCWS opener: No. 6 Oklahoma State

No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers

How Tennessee got here

The No. 4 Volunteers had little trouble in the Knoxville Regional, beating Northern Kentucky and Indiana twice, outscoring the opposition, 28-4, in three games.

In the super regionals vs. Texas, the Volunteers took a 3-0 lead into the seventh before exploding for six runs to run away from the Longhorns.

WCWS opener: No. 5 Alabama

No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide

How Alabama got here

Alabama beat Long Island, 5-0, and Middle Tennessee, 12-5, to advance to the regional final. In the final, Middle Tennessee got the better of the Crimson Tide to force a winner-take-all game. The Crimson Tide came out on top in a 1-0 pitchers’ duel to advance.

In their super regional matchup with Northwestern, the Tide bounced back from a game one loss to win two in a row against the Wildcats to advance.

WCWS opener: No. 4 Tennessee

No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowgirls

How Oklahoma State got here

The Cowgirls responded from a tough end to the Big 12 regular season and tournament showing to hold serve in the Stillwater Regional with wins over UMBC, Wichita State and Nebraska to advance.

In the super regional, the Cowgirls drew a tough matchup with the Oregon Ducks. But Oklahoma State was up to the challenge and reminded everyone why they were one of the best teams in softball form three-quarters of the season. The Cowgirls outscored the Ducks 17-1 in their two game super regional sweep.

WCWS opener: No. 3 Florida State

No. 7 Washington Huskies

How Washington got here

Washington beat Northern Colorado and McNeese State to advance to the regional final before getting shut out in the first game on Sunday, 1-0, by McNeese State. The Huskies survived a winner-take-all game with McNeese in the second leg with a seven-run seventh inning to advance to the super regionals.

The Huskies took on the Cinderella Louisiana Rajun Cajuns, who knocked off LSU in the Baton Rouge regional. The Huskies rang the bell at midnight to close the book on Louisiana’s run with a pair of shutout victories.

WCWS opener: No. 15 Utah

No. 9 Stanford Cardinal

How Stanford got here

Stanford went 3-0 in their regional, beating Long Beach State, 1-0, and Florida twice by a combined 19-2 margin.

The Cardinal were the only lower-seeded team to win a super regional after beating the Duke Blue Devils in Raleigh.

WCWS opener: vs. No. 1 Oklahoma

No. 15 Utah Utes

How Utah got here

The Utes beat Southern Illinois in a high scoring 11-9 affair before beating Ole Miss, 7-1 and 4-1, to advance out of the Salt Lake City Regional unscathed.

Utah overcame a game one loss to San Diego State to beat the Aztecs 10-1 and 7-2 to advance to the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 1994.

WCWS opener: No. 7 Washington

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