It's one of the best times of the year.. the NCAA Softball Tournament! There have been some good games, some scares, and some upsets already but we're heading to OKC now and who knows what will happen!
My early prediction is Florida and Oklahoma, but with the double elimination bracket it's so hard to know who may come back through that thing! Side note: if we could have double elimination brackets in the College Football Playoff or March Madness wouldn't that be incredibly interesting?! Logistically I know that is never going to happen, but it's a fun thought!
Game one, Florida vs Texas A&M, I think Florida has in the bag. I wouldn't be unhappy if the Aggies knock them to the losers bracket though! Especially with the story following Texas A&M's pitcher, losing her dad shortly before Super Regionals and pitching the Aggies to the WCWS.
Game two, UCLA vs LSU, well I am hopeful the SEC shows up strong and knocks off the Pac-12 powerhouse but UCLA has no quit. Their series against Ole Miss showed that, especially the extra inning game I stayed up WAY too late for! I think UCLA will win this game, but LSU is a strong team, that I wouldn't be surprised to see go deep in this tournament. It just may take them going to through the losers bracket instead of the winners side.
Game three, Washington vs Oregon, ugh I just don't really care. I liked Danielle Lawrie when she played for Washington, but usually I just don't take much interest in the Pac-12. They are definitely a strong softball conference and I'm not taking that away from them, but I'd rather root for other teams. I think Oregon will probably win this game, but either way I'm indifferent.
Game four, Oklahoma vs Baylor, Boomer! So if you've seen any of my college football posts on the Touchdowns page you know how much I love Baker Mayfield, but typically root against OU because my dad's an Oklahoma fan.. well softball is the other exception to this rule. Patty Gasso is an incredible coach and they just turn out talent there in Norman. - I also despise Baylor so if they could just lose their first two games I'd be happy!
Who do I want to win? A&M, Florida, or Oklahoma. So here I go putting on that damn crimson and cream and cheering on the Sooners again.. I have faith in the Paige's and their ability to dominate hitters. We'll see if it actually happens!
Also, super excited for the broadcasting line-up! Holly Rowe, Laura Rutledge, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Smith, Sheri Kempf, Amanda Scarborough.. bring on the softball!!