Day 1 of the Women’s College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City on Thursday:
(1 seed) Oregon vs. (8) Arizona State, noon (ESPN)
(4) Oklahoma vs. (5) Washington, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
(2) Florida vs. (7) Georgia, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
(3) UCLA vs. (6) Florida State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Two-time defending champion Oklahoma and No. 1 seed Oregon highlight the Women’s College World Series field.
The top eight seeds qualified, including four teams from the Pac-12. The games begin Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
No. 4 seed Oklahoma (55-3) will face No. 5 Washington (49-8). Oklahoma features pitcher Paige Parker and power hitter Jocelyn Alo. Parker has been Oklahoma’s ace the past two seasons. Alo, a freshman, leads the nation with 28 home runs.
Oregon (52-8) will play Pac-12 rival Arizona State (48-11). Oregon and Oklahoma could meet Friday.
In the other bracket, No. 2 Florida (55-9) will play No. 7 Georgia (48-11) and No. 3 UCLA (56-5) will face No. 6 Florida State (52-11). Georgia’s Brittany Gray leads the nation with a 0.48 ERA, but has been out since early April with an injury to her right biceps. Georgia was the only SEC opponent to defeat UF in a three-game series. The Gators lost 5-4 and 11-1 in the first two games at Athens on March 16-17, then took the finale 5-1 on March 18.
Florida won national titles in 2014 and 2015 and is expected to be a threat again with pitcher Kelly Barnhill in the circle.