The road to the Women's College World Series: Four things to watch for at the NCAA Super Regionals

All 16 NCAA regional softball tournaments were completed by Sunday, creating several intriguing storylines throughout the remainder of the postseason.
by Trent Shadid Published: May 18, 2014
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photo - OU's Kelsey Stevens (18) pitches during the final game of the Norman Regional in 2014 NCAA softball championship between Oklahoma and Texas A&M in Norman, Okla., Sunday, May 18, 2014. OU won 11-6. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
OU's Kelsey Stevens (18) pitches during the final game of the Norman Regional in 2014 NCAA softball championship between Oklahoma and Texas A&M in Norman, Okla., Sunday, May 18, 2014. OU won 11-6. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

THE MID-MAJOR: Louisiana-Lafayette is the only super-regional qualifier not from the Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, ACC, or Pac-12. But the sixth-seeded Ragin’ Cajuns (47-8-1) are no Cinderella as they’ve made WCWS appearances in 2003 and 2008. In order to make a third trip to OKC, they’ll have to get by 11-seed Arizona (44-14) in Lafayette, La., this weekend.

GOPHER IT: After advancing to a Super Regional for the first time ever, Minnesota will be looking to earn its first appearance in the WCWS while taking on top-seed Oregon (52-7-1) in Eugene, Ore. The 16th-seeded Golden Gophers (44-10) went 3-1 as a regional host over the weekend, and won their first Big Ten tournament title since 1999 a week earlier.

by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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