Women's College World Series team capsules

The Oklahoman's Ryan Aber takes a look at each of the eight teams in the 2012 WCWS: Oklahoma, South Florida, California, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona State and Oregon
by Ryan Aber Published: May 30, 2012

OKLAHOMA

W-L record: 50-8

Vs. WCWS field: 2-0

WCWS appearances: 7

Coach: Patty Gasso (18th season, 867-277-2)

Probable lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl.; Avg.; Key stat

2B; Georgia Casey; Fr.; .376; 31 RBI

CF; Destinee Martinez; So.; .340; 18 SB

1B; Lauren Chamberlain; Fr.; .352; 27 HR

P; Keilani Ricketts; Jr.; .407; 0.99 ERA

C; Jessica Shults; Jr.; .382; 68 hits

RF; Erica Sampson; Fr.; .210; 4 HR

LF; Briana Turang; Jr.; .364; 12 SB

DP; Katie Norris; Sr.; .333; 24 RBI

3B; Javen Henson; So.; .242; 31 runs

SS; Jessica Vest; Fr.; .111; 16 runs

Analysis: The Sooners start just one senior but are plenty experienced, with most of this year's starters returning from last season's WCWS team. OU has won eight consecutive games.

SOUTH FLORIDA

W-L record: 50-12

Vs. WCWS field: 0-0

WCWS appearances: 1

Coach: Ken Eriksen (16th season, 694-366-1)

Probable lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl.; Avg.; Key stat

RF; Gina Kafalas; Sr.; .287; 15 SB

3B; Jessica Mouse; Sr.; .272; 28 RBI

1B; Stephanie Medina; So.; .290; 7 HR

CF; Janine Richardson; Sr.; .298; 7 HR

SS; Kourtney Salvarola; So.; .327; 31 RBI

DP; Kenshyra Jackson; Jr.; .297; 37 RBI

C; Laura Fountain; Sr.; .230; 18 RBI

2B; Alexis Nowell; Sr.; .165; 10 RBI

LF; Ashli Goff; So.; .227; 30 runs

P; Sara Nevins; So.; 31-6; 1.03 ERA

Analysis: The Bulls are the only team making their WCWS debut. Pitching is a big reason why. South Florida is No. 2 in ERA at 1.18, just behind No. 1 Oklahoma. Nevins averages 9.2 strikeouts per seven innings.

CALIFORNIA

W-L record: 56-5

Vs. WCWS field: 7-2

WCWS appearances: 12

Coach: Diane Ninemire (25th season, 1,125-514)

Probable lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl.; Avg.; Key stat

LF; Jamia Reed; Sr.; .385; 47 SB

DP; Britt Vonk; So.; .351; 12 SB

1B; Valerie Arioto; Sr.; .385; 23 HR

CF; Frani Echavarria; Sr.; .380; 16 2B

2B; Jace Williams; Sr.; .271; 47 RBI

RF; Breana Kostreba; Fr.; .308; 13 HR

3B; Danielle Henderson; Fr.; .282; 45 RBI

C; Victoria Jones; So.; .323; 7 2B

SS; Cheyenne Cordes; Fr.; .258; 7 HR

P; Jolene Henderson; Jr.; .284; 1.10 ERA

Analysis: With one win in the tournament, the top-ranked Bears would set a program record for most wins in a season. The Bears have shut out their opponents 29 times this season. With one home run, Arioto would tie the school record for career home runs with 55. The Bears beat LSU 14-3 in five innings on Feb. 19.

LSU

W-L record: 39-23

Vs. WCWS field: 1-8


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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