WCWS Tournament of Champions Bracket: FINALSColumns
In absence of the 2020 WCWS, we bring you the Tournament of Champions! We teamed up with the NCAA to pick the Top 16 teams to walk away with the highly coveted national title. We’re finally here at the FINALS with two teams left: the 2015 Florida Gators and the 2009 Washington Huskies
Here’s an in-depth look at the final TWO teams remaining on the bracket. Make sure you vote on your favorite Championship team so they can advance to the next round!
The Gators went wire-to-wire as the nation’s top team. Florida captured the program’s second straight national title by defeating Michigan 2-1 in the championship series at the Women’s College World Series. Florida won the opener against Michigan and took the winner-take-all Game 3 with a 4-1 win to become the third program in history to win back-to-back NCAA titles. Two-way senior star Lauren Haeger shoulder a big load for the Gators and was named the WCWS Most Outstanding Player. The SEC champion Gators had an SEC-heavy postseason route, beating Kentucky in the Super Regionals and Tennessee, LSU and Auburn at the WCWS.
Players To Note:
Haeger did it all for the Gators during their national title run. A pitcher who can rake, the two-way star finished her career with 73 wins and 71 home runs. The right-hander was named the WCWS Most Outstanding Player, USA Softball Player of the Year, SEC Pitcher of the Year, SEC Female Athlete of the Year and given the Honda Award for softball. Haeger finished the season 32-2 with a 1.23 ERA, 214 strikeouts and 43 walks in 222.1 IP. She batted .348 with 19 home runs and 71 RBIs.
Stewart led the Gators in hitting (.435), runs scored (71), hits (101), doubles (19), triples (11) and stolen bases (26). She reached base safely in 63 of Florida’s 67 games. She was a first-team All-American, SEC Player of the Year, SEC All-Defensive team selection and named to the WCWS All-Tournament team. Stewart recorded a hit in 10 of Florida’s 11 NCAA games.
By The Numbers
SEC Record: 18-5
Head Coach: Tim Walton
Assistant Coach: Jennifer Rocha
Assistant Coach: Sharonda McDonald
Road to Oklahoma City
Vs. Florida A&M 6-0 W (Regional)
Vs. Hofstra 7-0 W (Regional)
Vs. Florida Atlantic 1-0 (8) W (Regional)
Vs. Kentucky 7-0 W (Super Regional)
Vs. Kentucky 1-0 W (Super Regional)
Vs. Tennessee 7-2 W (WCWS, Game 1)
Vs. LSU 4-0 W (WCWS, Game 2)
Vs. Auburn 3-2 (9) W (WCWS, Game 3)
Vs. Michigan 3-2 W (WCWS, Game 4)
Vs. Michigan 1-0 L (WCWS, Game 5)
Vs. Michigan 4-1 W (WCWS, Game 6)
A veteran squad led the Huskies to their first national championship in school history. Led by All-American Danielle Lawrie in the circle, Washington swept Florida in two games in the final series. UW went on the road for 30 days to earn the title the hard way, being forced to an if-game in the Amherst Regional and dropping and extra-inning Sunday night game to Georgia in the WCWS. In the third inning of Game 2 against the Gators, Morgan Stuart hit the ball off the end of her bat with the bases loaded. The tough spin proved to be too difficult to handle for Stacey Nelson allowing the go-ahead run to score. Lawrie shut out the Gators the remainder of the game bringing how the 21st title for the Pac-10 Conference.
Players To Note
Lawrie sat out the previous season (2008) to complete for the Canadian National Team at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The seasoned veteran wasted no time picking right back up where she left off earning National Player of the Year honors and the Honda Award for Softball. The Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player finished the season 42-8 with a 0.97 ERA and 521 strikeouts.
The breakout star went on a tear during UW’s championship run setting a Women’s College World Series record with four doubles. She also tied a WCWS hit record by going 5-5 against Georgia in the first semi-final game. The sophomore batted .476 in the six games of the WCWS with a walk-off RBI single against Arizona State. The Riverside native led the team in RBI (37), doubles (16), and HBP (12).
By The Numbers
Head coach: Heather Tarr
Assistant Coach: Gina Carbonatto
Assistant Coach: Lance Glasco
Volunteer Assistant: J.T. D’Amico
Pac-12 Record: 14-7
Road to Oklahoma City
Vs. Sacred Heart, 9-1 (5) W
Vs. UMass 3-1 W
Vs. UMass 1-5 L
Vs. UMass 6-1 (15) W
Atlanta Super Regional
Vs. Georgia Tech, 7-1 W
Vs. Georgia Tech, 7-0 W
NCAA Women’s College World Series
Vs. Georgia 3-1 W
Vs. Arizona State 1-0 W (8)
Vs. Georgia 8-9 L (9)
Vs. Georgia 9-3 W
Vs. Florida 8-0 W
Vs. Florida 3-2 W
2015 Florida vs 2009 Washington
- #4 Florida (2015) (91%, 349 Votes)
- #6 Washington (2009) (9%, 33 Votes)
Total Voters: 382