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WCWS Tournament of Champions Bracket: Session Four

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In absence of the 2020 Women’s College World Series, we bring you the Tournament of Champions Bracket!

We teamed up with the NCAA to pick the Top 16 teams of all-time to walk away with the highly coveted national title.

For this bracket, we took into account milestones, big performances, and eventually expanded the bracket to 16 to avoid an all UCLA/Arizona bracket. We slotted in every team with a championship and then allocated three slots to 12-time national champion UCLA and two slots to 8-time national champion Arizona.

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with 24, followed by the Big 12 (4), SEC (3), Southwest (2)*, and a single championship for the ACC, Big Ten, and Big West.

We will take an in-depth look at each team in the bracket. On to the Top 16!

*Texas A&M was a member of the Southwest Conference during its two titles.


Cal 2002

California 2002

Cal reached the WCWS for the fourth-straight year, winning its first national championship in 2002. Jocelyn Forest was stellar on the mound for the Bears, throwing a one-hitter against conference rivals, Arizona. Forest struck out eight and was 4-0 in the tournament allowing just nine hits and two runs in 28 innings. All tied going into the seventh, California scored on a two-out rally ignited by a walk to Kaleo Eldridge. The Bears took advantage of the free pass, as Jennie Finch gave up back to back singles to Kristen Morley and Candace Harper to make the game 1-0. An intentional walk to Veronica Nelson loaded the bases giving way to a bases-clearing double by Jessica Parlmer. The Bears scored six runs in the seventh to pick up their first title.

Players to Note:

Jocelyn Forrest
Senior 
Pitcher 

Named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2002 WCWS and completed her senior year with a 29-12 record and a 1.11 ERA. Forest finished her career with 103 victories, 1203 strikeouts and won at least 20 games each of her four years to send Cal to the WCWS.

Veronica Nelson
Junior 
Infielder 

One of the most feared hitters in Division I softball, Nelson led the Bears in average (.329), home runs (9) and slugging percentage (.559) and walks (108). She is the NCAA record holder for career walks (395) and her 168 career RBI continues to rank fourth in school history.

By the numbers:

Coach: Diane Ninemire
Assistant Coach: 
Assistant Coach:
Record: 56-19
PAC-10 record: 12-9

Road to OKC
NCAA Regionals

vs. Fresno State, 2-1 W
vs. Stanford, 1-0 W
vs. Cal State Fullerton, 4-2 W
vs. Cal State Fullerton, 1-0

NCAA Women’s College World Series
vs. Oklahoma, 4-2 W
vs. Florida State, 1-0 W
vs. Arizona State, 3-0
vs. Arizona, 6-0 W


UCLA 1999 Softball Team

UCLA 1999

The top-ranked and top-seeded Bruins claimed their ninth national championship on May 31, knocking off No. 3 Washington 3-2, before 4,472 Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Julie Adams was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player with a two RBI single in the top of the first to give the Bruins the early lead. Courtney Dale launched a solo shot in the 3rd to eventually seal the 3-2 victory. The win over Washington set a new school record for wins (63) previously held by UCLA’s 1990 championship team.

Players To Note: 

Julie Adams
Junior 
Infielder 

Adams put on one of the finest postseasons ever by a UCLA player. She batted .565 (13-for-23), with 15 RBIs, four home runs, a double and six runs scored. With these numbers, Adams was voted the Most Outstanding Player at both UCLA’s regional in Los Angeles and at the College World Series. All this, despite suffering a dislocated shoulder in the Bruins’ opening game of the CWS against DePaul. In the finals, Adams went 2-3 with three runs batted in.

Stacey Nuveman 
Junior 
Catcher 

Bruin slugger Stacey Nuveman finished the season ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 in home runs (31), RBI (91) and batting (.446). She becomes the first player to lead the Pac-10 in those three categories since Arizona’s Jenny Dalton achieved the feat back in 1996 (.469BA, 25HR, 109RBI). Nuevman broke the UCLA career home run record in 1999, knocking out the 31st of her career in a game against Long Beach State and has been walked more than any other player in UCLA history.

By the numbers:

Coach: Sue Enquist, 11th Season
Assistant Coach: Kelly Inoye-Perez
Assistant Coach: Lisa Fernandez
Record: 63-6
PAC-10 record: 22-6

Road to OKC
NCAA Regionals – Los Angeles, Calif.
vs. Alabama, 7-10 W
vs. Creighton, 14-0 W
vs. Minnesota, 5-0 W
vs. Missouri, 12-5

NCAA Women’s College World Series
vs. Depaul 3-2, W
vs. Fresno State  1-0, W
vs. Depaul 2-1, W
vs. Washington, 3-2 W


2002 Cal vs 1999 UCLA

  • #7 Cal (2002) (57%, 12 Votes)
  • #10 UCLA (1999) (43%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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Arizona 1994

The Wildcats went undefeated in the College World Series to capture Arizona’s second straight NCAA title and its third in four years. Arizona outscored its opponents 527-100 and won 23 games via “mercy rule.”  Laura Espinoza led the team in homers, hitting 30to help push the team total to 93, both new NCAA marks by wide margins. Lefty slapper, Amy Chellevold batted .404 for the season and pitcher Susie Parra picked up 33 wins for the Wildcats. A record seven Wildcats— Leah Braatz, Chellevold, Jenny Dalton, Nancy Evans, Laura Espinoza, Leah O’Brien and Parra were named First Team All-Pac-10. Parra was Pac-10 Player of the Year and Braatz was Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Braatz, Chellevold, Dalton, Espinoza, O’Brien and Parra were named All-America. Mike Candrea was Pac-10 and Regional Coach of the Year. (Arizona Athletics) 
Arizona swept the West regional and defeated Cal State Northridge in the finals held in Oklahoma City.
Players To Note: 
Susie Parra, Senior 
Pitcher 
The 1994 Pac-10 player of the year and led the University of Arizona to three national championships in 1991, 1993 and 1994. She was a 3 x NCAA All-American and 3 x NCAA College World Series All-Tournament Team.
Amy Chellevold, Junior
Infielder  
Arizona’s first four-time all-Pacific-10 Conference selection, Amy Chellevold played in four NCAA championship games, helped win two of them, and graduated in 1995 with 27 career records as a Wildcat, the nation’s all-time leader in hits (371) and runs (252).

Coach: Mike Candrea (9th Season)
Assistant Coach: Larry Ray (9th season)
Assistant Coach: Jody Pruitt-Miller (1st year)

Record: 64-3
Pac-10: 23-1

Road to Oklahoma City 

Regional No. 8
vs. Canisus, 7-0 W
vs. Texas A&M, 5-0 W
vs. Texas A&M, 6-0 W

NCAA Women’s College World Series
vs. UIC, 8-0 W
vs. Fresno State, 3-0 W
vs. UCLA, 5-2, W
vs. CSUN 4-0, W


UCLA 1992 

The Bruins won their seventh title behind 3 x Olympic Gold Medalist, Lisa Fernandez in front of a crowd of 2,501. UCLA beat Pac-12 rivals, Arizona going up against All-American Debbie Day. Both pitches kept the opposing offense at bay until the bottom of the seventh inning. Jenny Brewster launched a walk-off homer to left-center with Yvonne Gutierrez on second base to solidify the championship. Fernandez threw a complete game shutout striking out 6 batters and giving up just one free pass. Jennifer Brewster went 1-3. Fernandez finished the season a perfect 29-0.

Players To Note:
Lisa Fernandez
Pitcher 
Junior 

Watch Lisa’s Reaction to the 1992 Series here.

Coach: Sharron Backus (18th season)
Co-Head Coach: Sue Enquist  (4th season)
Assistant Coach: Kirk Walker (3rd year)
Graduate Assistant Coach: Kerry Dienelt

Record: 54-2
Pac-10: 14-2

Road to Oklahoma City 

West Regional
vs. Utah, 1-0 W
vs. Utah, 7-2

NCAA Women’s College World Series

vs. UMass, 4-0 W
vs. California, 10-0 W
vs. Fresno State, 4-0 W
vs. UMass, 11-1
vs. Arizona, 2-0


1994 Arizona vs 1992 UCLA

  • #2 Arizona (1994) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • #15 UCLA (1992) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 0

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