College Softball World Series 2013: When and Where to Watch Day 2 Action

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
College Softball World Series 2013: When and Where to Watch Day 2 Action
Credit: Alonzo Adams via IslandPacket.com

The NCAA Women's College World Series will continue from Oklahoma City on Friday with two evening matchups on ESPN, pitting Thursday's Day 1 winners against one another. 

Eleventh-seeded Washington opened up the tournament with a hard-fought 4-3 victory over underdog Nebraska on Thursday, advancing into the first of Friday's two matchups, where the Huskies will take on seventh-seeded Tennessee.

Friday's second showdown will feature fourth-seeded Texas taking on the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners.

Here we'll get you set with everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a minute of the action on Day 2. 

 

What: WCWS Games 5 and 6

Where: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City

When: Friday, May 31 starting at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3.com.

 

Day 2 Matchups

No. 11 Washington vs. No. 7 Tennessee - 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 4 Texas vs. No. 1 Oklahoma - 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

 

Tournament Breakdown

There are eight teams left standing in the hunt for the 2013 Women's College World Series, led by the top-seeded Oklahoma Sooners. 

Florida, Texas and Arizona State round out the four top seeds in Oklahoma City, with Tennessee, Michigan, Washington and Nebraska also in the mix. 

The first four days of the tournament will consist of a double elimination bracket that will produce two winners who will then play in a best-of-three championship series beginning on Monday, June 3. Here's a look at the tournament bracket courtesy of NCAA.com.

 

Teams to Watch For on Friday

No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners

Credit: Steve Sisney via The Oklahoman

The hometown Oklahoma Sooners have been playing phenomenal ball coming into the Women's College World Series, going 3-0 in regional action and then sweeping Texas A&M in two games in the super regionals to earn a berth in the College World Series. 

Led by talented pitcher Keilani Ricketts, the Sooners play superb defense and rarely give up runs. In its Game 2 victory over the Aggies, Oklahoma won 8-0 behind a stellar five-inning performance from Ricketts, who struck out seven and allowed zero hits or earned runs during her time on the mound. 

Third basewoman Shelby Pendley is also a player to keep an eye on for Oklahoma. She recorded two hits and five RBI in Oklahoma's final win over Texas A&M in the Norman Super Regionals.

 

No. 11 Washington Huskies

Credit: Pac-12.com

Despite their seeding, the Washington Huskies are a real threat to win it all this June. 

Led by Kaitlin Inglesby on the mound, Washington is a strong defensive team that can deliver in the clutch, as it proved in Thursday's opening win over Nebraska. Inglesby pitched five innings in the narrow win, striking out two and allowing just one earned run. 

But third basewoman Kimberlee Souza stole the show in the bottom of the eighth inning, smashing a home run to open the eight-team tournament with a bang, giving the Huskies a huge first win in Oklahoma City.

With a victory already under their belt and having gone 5-0 in regional and super regional action in May, the Huskies have to be considered an outside threat to upset the Sooners in their bid to win a national championship in 2013.

 

Follow Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Patrick Clarke on Twitter. 

Follow _Pat_Clarke on Twitter

Load More Stories

Follow B/R on Facebook

Out of Bounds