Pac-12: 3 Pac-12 teams will be represented in the Women’s College World Series
Five Pac-12 teams represented the NCAA Super Regionals. And now 3 of those Pac-12 teams will represent the Pac for the 2022 Women’s College World Series. No. 5 UCLA, Arizona, and Oregon State will be making their way to Oklahoma City to play for all the glory in college softball. Oregon State and Arizona are two of the 8 unranked teams to get there. We will see if they have a little Cinderella magic in them.
On Thursday Texas will take on UCLA at 12 PM ET. Arizona will battle Arizona State at 9:30 p.m. Lastly Oregon state will challenge Florida at 7 p.m. all eastern times. All games on Thursday June 2nd, are set to take place on ESPN.
UCLA comes in with a 19-5 conference record finishing number 2 in the Pac-12 just behind Arizona State, who did not reach the World Series after losing to Northwestern. The No. 5 team in the nation also finished with an overall record of 48-8. The Bruins path started by beating Grand Canyone, Loyola Marymount, and Ole Miss in the regionals. Then beat Duke back-to-back in the Supers to reach the World Series yet again.
Arizona finished almost at the bottom of the Pac-12 with a 38-20 record overall and 8-16 in the Pac-12. Their start to the World Series began by beating Illinois mightily and allowing the Missouri Tigers to no scores at all in two games to reach the Super Regionals. From then on they beat Mississippi State 7-1 two times in a row to win their birth to the Women’s College World Series.
Oregon State came close to Arizona too with 9-15 record in the Pac-12 and had 39 wins on the season. Their journey to the World Series began in Knoxville by winning a tight game against Ohio State 4-3. Followed by a scoreless effort against Tennessee. They met with Ohio state once more for a 5-1 win in Knoxville, which them carried them on to back-to-back wins against Tennessee. Up came the Super Regionals in Palo Alto where they took down Pac-12’s own Stanford twice.
Colorado does not have a D1 baseball or softball team at this moment in time. However they aren’t the only Pac-12 teams to not have one. Washington State and USC also do not. But we wanted to take the time and wish these three Pac-12 teams all the best and bring home to the trophy to the Pac! We are there with you in spirit and will be cheering you on as you represent our conference.
Softball has always been one of the most exciting sports to watch. Last year the women outmatched one the men’s College World Series in viewing by 60 percent with over a million viewers. We expect no less this year as the Women’s College World Series brings one of the most thrilling atmospheres in any sports today.