Tournament of Champions - Final 8

WCWS Tournament of Champions Bracket: Session Six


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. After a hotly contested first round of games, we have 8 teams remaining.

Here’s an in-depth look at the four teams remaining on the RIGHT SIDE of the bracket. Make sure you vote on your favorite Championship team so they can advance to the next round!

Photo by Bryan Terry

Washington 2009 

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
Danielle Lawrie

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.

Morgan Stuart

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

Record: 51-12
Pac-12 Record: 14-7

Road to Oklahoma City

Amherst Regional
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

Michigan 2005

The Wolverines shocked the nation by defeating the defending national champions  — No. 7 UCLA — to win the program’s first national championship. The 2005 season marked the first installment of a three-game championship series. No. 1 Michigan dropped the first game of the series 5-0 only to bounce back and pick up the win in Game 2, 5-2. The if-necessary game did not disappoint as the Bruins scored first in the second inning. Winning on a three-run walk-off win in the bottom of the 10th inning, freshman Samantha Findlay solidified Michigan’s 52nd national championship in school history and just the second for a women’s program.


Players To Note: 

Samantha Findlay

The first freshman player to earn WCWS Most Outstanding Player with a .725 slugging percentage with 17 RBIs and .400 average in the NCAA Tournament. She was a key contributor in the final game against UCLA, driving in all four runs as a part of a 3-hit game including a three-run 10th inning home run. Findlay went on to earn All-American at second base in 2007 and holds University of Michigan records for home runs in a career (62), RBIs in a career (219), career slugging percentage (.677), and RBIs in a season (77).

By The Numbers
Record: 65-7
Big Ten Record: 15-2

Head Coach: Carol Hutchins
Assistant Coach: Bonnie Tholl
Assistant Coach: Jennifer Brundage
Volunteer Assistant Coach: Jennifer Teague

Road to Oklahoma City

NCAA Ann Arbor Regional

vs. Canisius, 8-1 W
vs. Seton Hall, 5-0 W
vs. North Carolina, 6-0 W

NCAA Super Regional

vs. Washington, 4-1 W
vs. Washington, 2-3 L
vs. Washington, 11-2 (6) W

NCAA Women’s College World Series

vs. Depaul, 3-0 W
vs. Texas, 4-0 W
vs. Tennessee, 0-2 L (11)
vs. Tennessee, 3-2 W
vs. UCLA, L 0-5
vs. UCLA, 5-2 W
vs. UCLA, 4-1 W (10)

2009 Washington vs 2005 Michigan

  • #6 Washington (2009) (51%, 20 Votes)
  • #3 Michigan (2005) (49%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

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UCLA 1992

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 pitchers 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

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

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

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 

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

1999 UCLA vs 1992 UCLA

  • #10 UCLA (1999) (54%, 15 Votes)
  • #15 UCLA (1992) (46%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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