WCWS Tournament of Champions Bracket: Session One


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.

Oklahoma 2000

Oklahoma’s title run was historic on many levels. Not only was it the first national title in program history, but the first by any OU women’s program. The Sooners beat UCLA 3-1 in front of a then-WCWS record crowd of 8,049 in Oklahoma City. Jennifer Stewart held the Bruins to one run in the clinching victory despite striking out just one batter. The Sooners overcame a 13-strikeout performance against UCLA’s Amanda Freed by registering eight hits, including a two-run home run by All-American Lisa Carey. The national title came in head coach Patty Gasso’s sixth season at the helm. Oklahoma’s 66 wins were the most in a single season in program history.

Players To Note
Lisa Carey
The All-American first baseman hit a two-run home run in the third inning of the title-clinching win over UCLA. It was Carey’s second home run in as many days after hitting a game-winning solo shot in the semifinals against Arizona. The Big 12 Player of the Year finished the season leading OU in batting (.405), hits (90), home runs (20) and RBIs (77).

Jennifer Stewart
Stewart earned victories in all four of Oklahoma’s WCWS wins, and was named the WCWS Most Outstanding Player. The third-team All-American finished the season 34-6 with a 1.34 ERA and 171 strikeouts.

By The Numbers
Head coach: Patty Gasso
Assistant Coach: Melyssa Panzer
Assistant Coach: Tim Walton
Graduate Assistant: Jennifer Jaime

Record: 66-8
Big 12 Record: 17-1

Road to Oklahoma City
Vs. Cal State Northridge 2-1 W (Regional)
Vs. Oregon State 5-3 W (Regional)
Vs. Oregon State 3-2 W (Regional)

Vs. Cal 2-1 W (WCWS)
Vs. Southern Miss 3-1 W (WCWS)
Vs. Arizona 1-0 W (WCWS)
Vs. UCLA 3-1 W (WCWS)

Florida State 2018

FSU made a captivating run in OKC to capture the first WCWS title in program history and the first by an Atlantic Coast Conference team. The Seminoles were also the first team in Division I history to win the title after losing on the first day of the WCWS. FSU navigated a Pac-12 heavy schedule in the WCWS, sweeping Washington in the championship series. Meghan King shouldered a heavy load in the circle for the Seminoles, while third baseman Jessie Warren made a stellar defensive play that will be remembered for years to come. FSU survived elimination in the Super Regionals with an 11th-inning victory over LSU.

Players To Note: 
Meghan King
Redshirt Junior
King was outstanding on the big stage in OKC, posting a 4-0 record with a 0.20 ERA in 34.1 IP during the WCWS. She was in the circle for every pitch of the championship series against Washington, allowing just one earned run in a pair of complete-game victories. King finished the season 26-6 with an ACC-leading 1.17 ERA and 190 strikeouts in 198.0 IP. She was an All-WCWS Tournament team selection, a first-team All-ACC selection and ACC Academic honor roll selection.

Jessie Warren
Warren dazzled with her bat and her glove at the WCWS. She tied a WCWS record with 13 hits and finished with a .520 batting average, two doubles, two home runs, four RBIs and six runs scored to earn 2018 WCWS Most Outstanding Player honors. Her incredible diving catch double play is one of the most memorable defensive plays in WCWS history. Warren led the team in eight different categories, including a .404 batting average with 21 home runs, 70 RBI and a .836 slugging percentage. She finished her career with the FSU and ACC records for home runs (83), RBIs (273), runs scored (229) and slugging percentage (.820).

By The Numbers
Record: 58-12
ACC Record: 21-3

Road to Oklahoma City
Vs. Jacksonville State 8-0 (5) W (Regional)
Vs. Auburn 2-1 (8) W (Regional)
Vs. Jacksonville State 10-0 W (Regional)
Vs. LSU 6-5 L (Super Regional)
Vs. LSU 8-5 (11) W (Super Regional)
Vs. LSU 3-1 W (Super Regional)

Vs. UCLA 7-4 L (WCWS, Game 1)
Vs. Georgia 7-2 W (WCWS, Game 2)
Vs. Oregon 4-1 W (WCWS, Game 3)
Vs. UCLA 3-1 W (WCWS, Game 4)
Vs. UCLA 12-6 W (WCWS, Game 5)
Vs. Washington 1-0 W (WCWS, Game 6)
Vs. Washington 8-3 W (WCWS, Game 7)

2000 Oklahoma vs 2018 Florida State

  • #12 Florida State (2018) (55%, 240 Votes)
  • #5 Oklahoma (2000) (45%, 194 Votes)

Total Voters: 434

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Florida 2015

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: 
Lauren Haeger
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.

Kelsey Stewart
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
Record: 60-7
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)

Alabama 2012

The Crimson Tide made history by capturing the first NCAA title in program history and the first by a school from the Southeastern Conference. Alabama outlasted Oklahoma 2-1 in the championship series at the WCWS to finally break down the door for the now-mighty and talent-laden SEC. Led by All-American pitcher Jackie Traina, the Crimson Tide beat the Sooners 5-4 in the winner-take-all Game 3. Traina threw a complete-game four-hitter, earning WCWS Most Outstanding Player honors. The Tide overcame two rain delays and a three-run deficit to clinch the title. After dropping the opener to Oklahoma, the Tide rallied with two wins to enter the record books.

Players To Note: 
Jackie Traina
The J-Train was a machine for the Alabama in the WCWS. Traina threw every pitch for the Tide in their six games in OKC, earning Most Outstanding Player honors. The sophomore set school records for victories in a season (42) and strikeouts (361). She finished the season with a 1.87 ERA in 288.2 IP while limiting opponents to a .186 batting average. The SEC Pitcher of the Year also delivered at the plate, hitting 10 home runs with 37 RBIs.

Jennifer Fenton
Felton led the Tide with a .386 average, 44 stolen bases, 14 doubles and three triples. Fenton scored a team-best 66 runs and did not commit an error all season. The SEC co-Scholar Athlete of the Year finished her career with a strong postseason, earning WCWS all-tournament honors and tying for the team lead with eight hits in OKC.

By The Numbers

Record: 60-8
SEC Record: 23-5

Head Coach: Patrick Murphy
Assistant Coach: Alyson Habetz
Assistant Coach: Stephanie VanBrakle

Road to Oklahoma City
Vs. Tennessee Tech 5-1 W (Regional)
Vs. South Alabama 5-2 W (Regional)
Vs. South Alabama 6-0 W (Regional)
Vs. Michigan 4-1 W (Super Regional
Vs. Michigan 4-3 W (Super Regional)

Vs. Tennessee 5-3 W (WCWS, Game 1)
Vs. Arizona State 2-1 W (WCWS, Game 2)
Vs. Cal 5-2 W (WCWS, Game 3)
Vs. Oklahoma 4-1 L (WCWS, Game 4)
Vs. Oklahoma 8-6 W (WCWS, Game 5)
Vs. Oklahoma 5-4 W (WCWS, Game 6)

2015 Florida vs 2012 Alabama

  • #4 Florida (2015) (69%, 356 Votes)
  • #13 Alabama (2012) (31%, 161 Votes)

Total Voters: 517

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-Rhi Potkey 

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