Softball: Women's College World Series Off to a Strong Start

June 8, 2021
The GIST: The first few days of the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) gave us a shattered, single-season home run record and the play of the year. What will the rest of the semis and championship series bring?
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Softball: Women's College World Series Off to a Strong Start
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The schedule: The best-of-three championship series was supposed to start tonight, but mother nature had other plans. After a weather delay on Saturday forced one game to start just before midnight, the NCAA learned their lesson and pushed yesterday’s weather-delayed semifinals to tonight, and the first game of the champ series to tomorrow.

  • Reminder: the WCWS is double-elimination, so with No. 1 Oklahoma’s win over James Madison University (JMU) and No. 10 Florida State’s win over No. 3 Alabama yesterday, today’s semis mean win or go home for all. Here’s the full picture.

The teams: Oklahoma and JMU will square off for the third time at the WCWS at 4 p.m. ET today. Unseeded JMU stunned the top-seeded favorites in the tourney’s opening game but Oklahoma bounced back with a 6–3 win yesterday to force today’s elimination game. It’s David vs. Goliath, and it’s anyone’s ball game.

  • In the late game, Florida State will need their bats to come alive as they take on ’Bama and ace pitcher Montana Fouts, who tossed the fifth perfect game in WCWS history on Friday. How’s that for a 21st birthday present?