Competition heating up at the Women's College World Series

June 03, 2021
The GIST: A college basketball icon announced his retirement a season early yesterday, but today, we’re focused on the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) and college softball’s return to the iconic Hall of Fame stadium after 730 days away.
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Source: JMU Softball/Twitter
Source: JMU Softball/Twitter

 The set-up: After the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19, postseason softball made its triumphant return last month when 64 teams began their hunt for a trip to the WCWS. Now, following two weekends of thrilling regional and super regional action, eight teams will battle for the national title in a double-elimination tournament beginning today at 12 p.m. ET.

  • And the fun doesn’t stop there. Following this weekend’s double-elimination play, two teams will compete in a best-of-three championship series beginning Monday. Check out the full bracket and tune in on ESPN. Women worth watching, baby.

Top teams: Led by future Olympians, Rachel Garcia and Bubba Nickles, defending champs No. 2 UCLA are looking for their record-extending 13th national title. Meanwhile, fresh off breakout performances from pitcher Odicci Alexander, the tourney’s Cinderella story James Madison University (JMU) will make their first-ever College World Series appearance.

And we can’t forget about No. 1 Oklahoma. This record-breaking squad boasts USA Softball Player of the Year Jocelyn Alo and NFCA Freshman of the Year Tiare Jennings.  

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