Super Regionals Set for Women's College World Series
The SEC and Pac-10 each placed seven teams in the field with five seeded squads. The Big 12 also opened the tournament with seven teams in the field, three of which were seeded.
Although the SEC boasts the nation's top seed in Alabama, the league went 15-6 on the weekend (.714) with four teams advancing to super regionals. The Big 12 conference finished just above .500 at 13-10 (.565) with two teams remaining alive.
The Pac-10 continues to defend its position as the Conference of Champions, posting a 19-2 (.905) record in the opening weekend of the tournament. All five seeded teams advanced, including No. 3 Washington, No. 5 UCLA, No. 10 Arizona, No. 11 California, No. 13 Arizona State, as did unseeded Oregon which came out of the eighth-seeded regional at Georgia Tech.
Three un-seeded teams advanced through opening weekend, including BYU from the seventh-seeded region (Austin, Texas), the Ducks and Louisiana-Lafayette from the 12th-seeded region in Baton Rouge, La.
There are no single-conference match-ups on the Super Regionals schedule. Times, dates and television coverage for Super Regionals have been announced. All eight Super Regionals will have television coverage on the ESPN family of networks. For a full list of dates/times/networks, visit the WCWS Facebook page.
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - No.1 Alabama vs. No.16 Hawai'i
The Crimson Tide and Rainbow Wahine open on Friday. Both teams were top seeds in their respective regions, although Hawai'i played at Stanford rather than at home. Alabama holds the nation's longest winning streak and Hawai'i continues to hit home runs at a record pace.
Columbia, Mo. - No.9 Missouri vs. Oregon
Oregon upset eighth seed Georgia Tech, going 3-0 last weekend to advance to Super Regionals. Missouri takes aim at a second consecutive trip to the WCWS while Ducks first-year head coach Mike White looks to take his program to Oklahoma City for the first time since 1989. Play opens on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Los Angeles, Calif. - No.5 UCLA vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
The Bruins and Ragin' Cajuns open on Saturdy at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 in Westwood. Both teams appeared at the 2008 WCWS, but did not qualify a year ago.
Gainesville, Fla. - No.4 Florida vs. No.13 Arizona State
The Gators will play at home for a second consecutive weekend while the Sun Devils become road warriors, having traveled to Amherst, Mass., for their NCAA Regional play. Florida was the NCAA runner-up in 2009 and the Sun Devils were the 2008 NCAA Champions. Play opens on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Seattle, Wash. - No.3 Washington vs. No.14 Oklahoma
The defending NCAA Champions remain at home as they continue on the path towards Oklahoma City, while the Sooners will spend just one day back in Norman, Okla., between their College Park, Md., regional and Seattle Super Regional site. Play opens on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Athens, Ga. - No.6 Georgia vs. No.11 California
California packs its bags for a second consecutive weekend in the eastern time zone. Cal won its regional in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend and now travels to Athens, Ga., for Super Regional action. Play begins on Friday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPNU.
Tucson, Ariz. - No.10 Arizona vs. BYU
The surprise winners of the Austin, Texas, regional last weekend, BYU heads south for Super Regional play this weekend at 10th seeded Arizona. Play opens on Friday with a time and network TBA.
Ann Arbor, Mich. - No.2 Michigan vs. No.15 Tennessee
The first site to open play, the Wolverines and Lady Vols are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. ET first pitch on ESPN Thursday night. Both teams swept through home regionals last weekend. Michigan went to the WCWS last season, while the Lady Vols last qualified in 2007.