College Softball World Series 2013: When and Where to Catch Entire Championship
The championship series of the 2013 Women's College World Series is set, as the Tennessee Lady Vols will face the Oklahoma Sooners.
The Lady Vols knocked off the Texas Longhorns, and the Sooners beat the Washington Huskies on Sunday to get to the championship.
Oklahoma will be the heavy favorite as the top seed with a record of 55-4. Tennessee is not going to lay down and has a strong team that's compiled a 52-10.
It should be a fun series with a lot of offense. Both teams can hit the ball and hit the ball well.
Here's everything you need to know about the series, along with previews for each team.
When: June 3-5
Where: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Watch: ESPN2 and ESPN
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Game 1: Monday, June 3, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Game 2: Tuesday, June 4, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 3 (if necessary): Wednesday, June 5, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Oklahoma Sooners Breakdown
Nobody will be surprised to see the Sooners in the championship. They were the top seed coming into the tourney and for very good reason. They've only lost four games all season and are riding a 11-game winning streak after beating Washington.
Oklahoma is the total package. It's an offensive juggernaut, ranking third in the NCAA in batting average (.339), fourth in home runs per game (1.55) and first in slugging percentage (.587). The Sooners are just as good when it comes to pitching and defense, ranking first in earned run average (1.16) and sixth in fielding percentage (.978).
The stars for Oklahoma are Lauren Chamberlain and Keilani Ricketts. Chamberlain is the muscle, ranked second the NCAA with 28 home runs and eighth in batting average at .459. Ricketts is the ace. She carries a 1.21 ERA with 16 shutouts and 325 strikeouts into the championship. She also threw a no-hitter against Michigan last Friday.
The Sooners will be looking for their second WCWS title in school history after winning it all back in 2000.
Tennessee Lady Vols Breakdown
Most fans expected to see an SEC team in the championship, except it was supposed to be the Florida Gators rather than the Lady Vols. Tennessee knocked off the Gators to start the World Series and hasn't looked back.
Pitching has been a strength for the Lady Vols all season. They've certainly needed it over the last two games, as they beat Texas and Washington by a total of two runs. Tennessee is eighth in the NCAA in team ERA at 1.78. It will counter Ricketts with Ivy and Ellen Renfroe. Ellen shut out the Huskies on Saturday, and Ivy and Renfroe two combined to lead Tennessee to victory over the Longhorns after Ivy got the start and went 4.2 innings.
Although it's not quite as strong as Oklahoma's lineup, Tennessee boats a very good offense. The Lady Vols averaged the second-most runs per game of any team (6.89) in the NCAA and had the fourth-highest team batting average (.336). Raven Chavanne is the standout slugger with her .457 batting average ninth in the NCAA.
Should the Lady Vols win the title, it would be the first for the school.
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