Oklahoma is no stranger when it comes to the Women's College World Series. On Thursday evening the Sooners will be making their tenth overall appearance in the national championship tournament, their fifth in the last six years. However, they'll have some familiar faces waiting on them in Oklahoma City.
Both Alabama and Florida State were in OKC the last time the Sooners were there last, in 2014. The Crimson Tide will be Oklahoma's opening opponent on Thursday and it will be the second time the two teams have met this year. Oklahoma beat the Tide, 2-0, in a pitcher's duel on March 19 but they didn't have similar success against the other familiar face in their bracket.
On February 26 the Michigan Wolverines out-slugged the Sooners 16-9 out in Palm Springs, California in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. While you can certainly say that this is a much different Oklahoma team now, than they were back in February, you still can't take away from the fact that Michigan is the highest remaining seed in the tournament.
NCAA Seed: No. 4
Overall Record: 54-10
How they got to Oklahoma City: Defeated Jacksonville State 2-1; defeated USC Upstate 6-1 and defeated Jacksonville State 14-2 to clinch the regionals. Lost to Arizona 5-3; defeated Arizona 4-1 and 6-1 in super regionals.
WCWS history: The Tigers will be making their second consecutive appearance in the Women's College World Series, and their second overall.
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Florida State Seminoles
NCAA Seed: No. 8
Overall Record: 53-8
How the got to Oklahoma City: Defeated Florida A&M 1-0; defeated South Carolina 4-0 and 2-1 in regionals. Defeated Utah 6-2 and 3-0 in super regionals.
WCWS history: The Seminoles are making their ninth appearance in the Women's College World Series.
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NCAA Seed: No. 16
Overall Record: 45-18
How the got to Oklahoma City: Defeated Maine 6-0; defeated Northwestern 5-2; lost to Oklahoma State 5-3; defeated Oklahoma State 6-0 to clinch regionals. Defeated top-seeded Florida 3-0 and 3-2 in super regionals.
WCWS history: This is Georgia's third appearance in the WCWS and its first since 2010.
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NCAA Seed: No. 12
Overall Record: 40-14-1
How they got to Oklahoma City: Defeated Cal St. Bakersfield 7-0; defeated Cal St. Fullerton 3-2 and 5-4 to win regionals. Lost to fifth-seeded Oregon 8-1; defeated Oregon 2-1 in nine innings and 2-1 in seven in super regionals.
WCWS history: UCLA has won 11 national titles.
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Alabama Crimson Tide
NCAA Seed: No. 6
Overall Record: 51-12
How they got to Oklahoma City: Defeated Samford 3-0; defeated California 3-1 and 8-0 in regionals. Defeated 11th-seeded Washington 2-1 and 5-2 in super regionals.
WCWS history: The Crimson Tide in the World Series for the 11th time overall and the fifth time in the last six years. They won the national championship in 2012.
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NCAA Seed: No. 10
Overall Record: 50-16
How they got to Oklahoma City: Defeated LIU Brooklyn 10-2; defeated McNeese St. 4-1; defeated Arizona State 2-0 to win regionals. Lost to seventh-seeded James Madison 3-2; defeated James Madison 2-0 and 3-2 in super regionals.
WCWS history: The Tigers are back in the Women's College World Series for the second consecutive year and are making their fifth overall appearance.
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NCAA Seed: No. 2
Overall Record: 51-5
How the got to Oklahoma City: Defeated Valparaiso 8-0; defeated Miami (Ohio) 6-0; defeated Notre Dame 6-2 in regionals. Defeated 15th-seeded Missouri 5-3 and 5-4 in super regionals.
WCWS history: The Wolverines will be making their 12th appearance, with a championship in 2005.
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NCAA Seed: No. 3
Overall Record: 52-7
How they got to Oklahoma City: Defeated Wichita State 7-2; defeated Ole Miss 9-1 and 3-0 in regionals. Defeated 14th-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette 8-2 and 7-6 in super regionals.
WCWS history: This is the Sooners' 10th trip to the World Series where they've won championships in 2000 and 2013.
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