This Women���s College World Series will be a refreshing change of pace. Only two programs in the eight-team field at the WCWS this year have won NCAA titles since the championship began in 1982.
The teams still standing are: Arizona, Texas A&M, Northwestern, Washington, DePaul, Arizona State, Tennessee and Baylor. Arizona, the defending NCAA champions, is historically the most dominant team as they have won seven titles, including five trophies in the 1990s. Baylor, on the other hand, will step onto the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City for the first time in program history.
Surprisingly, for the first time in the 26-year history of the WCWS, a team from California did not advance to the eight-team field. However, this will be the first time two teams from the Chicago area (Northwestern and DePaul) will be making the trip to Oklahoma City. The two squads have combined for nine WCWS appearances -- never at the same time.
Tennessee senior Monica Abbott is a player to keep your eye on as she tries to surpass the Division I single-season strikeout record of 663 set by Southern Miss��� Courtney Blades in 2000. Abbott needs just 14 K���s to accomplish the task and add it to the long list of records she holds, including career wins, shutouts, and games played.
This year���s WCWS is shaping up to be an interesting one. Stay tuned for further news and commentary on this exciting tournament.