NCAA Softball Super Regional Predictions

Samantha Cooke@sportycookieCorrespondent IMay 21, 2009

BEIJING - AUGUST 21:  A general view of action during the women's gold medal game between the United States and Japan at the Fengtai Softball Field during Day 13 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 21, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

College Softball is winding down. The field went from 64 teams to only 16. This weekend will drop eight more teams.

By Sunday night, everyone will know who the eight final teams to play for the 2009 National Championship will be.

Here are the predictions for this weekend's Super Regional match-ups, beginning Thursday night.

Athens, GA - Georgia vs. Ohio State

Both teams are high-caliber offensive teams. Georgia scores over six runs per game and Ohio State scores just under six per game. Georgia has a tough home record, losing only twice.

They also have key wins against Washington and Baylor out of conference.
Ohio State has a couple nice wins against Texas A&M and Louisville. They also beat conference-foe Northwestern twice.

Prediction: Georgia in three games.

Palo Alto, CA - Stanford vs. Arizona

These teams have seen each other three times already this season, with Stanford winning two. Arizona has come on of late, scoring over eight runs per game. Besides their Pac-10 schedule, Stanford only has two nice wins against Notre Dame.

Arizona, on the other hand, has only beaten Texas A&M outside of conference play. Stanford only has one loss at home.

Prediction: Arizona in three games.

Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan vs. Baylor

Michigan is 17-0 at home, despite their close regional action. They have nice wins against UCLA, Louisville, Florida St, Louisiana Lafayette, Arizona State, and Arizona.
Baylor, on the other side, is 14-11 on the road. They are also 10-15 against top-50 RPI (Michigan is eighth). Their only key win is against Florida early in the season.

Prediction: Michigan in two games.

Tempe, AZ - Arizona State vs. North Dakota State

North Dakota State is one of the feel-good stories this postseason. They beat Oklahoma in Norman; then, beat Tulsa to win the regional title. They have a 70 RPI.
Arizona State is used to pressure and playing at home. They have a 32-7 record at home. Their only big losses came in Pac-10 play and postseason play.

Prediction: Arizona State in two games.

Tuscaloosa, AL - Alabama vs. Jacksonville State

The other feel-good story is Jacksonville State who beat Tennessee on their field in two straight games. They have some nice wins against Ole Miss and Nebraska, but lack the experience to really contest against Alabama.

Alabama has a great team behind a young pitcher, earning them the No. 2 ranked RPI. They have only lost one game at home.

Prediction: Alabama in two games.

Atlanta, GA - Washington vs. Georgia Tech

Washington cannot host despite its number three ranking because they do not have lights in their ballpark. After travelling to UMass for the regionals, they head to Atlanta for the Super Regionals. They are barely above .500 on the road.

Georgia Tech has only lost four times at home. They have some momentum going into the Supers, winning the ACC Tournament and their home regional. They also gain an advantage by not having to travel.

Prediction: Georgia Tech in three games.

Gainesville, FL - Florida vs. California

Florida has the most outstanding team in the country. With only three losses all season and the number one overall seed, they have paved their way to the Women's College World Series.

Behind pitcher Stacey Nelson, they let in under one run per game.
California comes from a tough conference, but are only 6-11 on the road. Florida is clearly on the other side of the country.

Prediction: Florida in two games.

Los Angeles, CA - UCLA vs. Missouri

Missouri is one of only a handful of teams to win 45+ games this season. They are 14-2 on the road, have won the Big 12 Tournament, and walked through their regional. They have a complete team, with one of the most impressive batting line-ups of the season. They are batting .318 as a team, one of the highest in the country.

They will face the No. 2 seed UCLA Bruins. The Bruins have lost only four games at home. They can score their own runs, averaging more than six runs per game. They have some nice Pac-10 wins as well as wins against Northwestern, Missouri, and Alabama.

Prediction: UCLA in three games.