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

All 16 NCAA regional softball tournaments were completed by Sunday, creating several intriguing storylines throughout the remainder of the postseason.

Here’s a look at four things to watch during this weekend’s NCAA Super Regional action:

CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH: Seventh-seeded Oklahoma and 10th-seeded Tennessee both went 3-0 as regional hosts last weekend, setting up a rematch of last year’s WCWS championship series in Norman this weekend. OU (48-10) swept the Lady Vols (45-10) in two games to win the 2013 title. There’s also a past-championship series matchup from 2009 in the Gainesville (Fla.) Super Regional, with fifth-seeded Florida taking on 12th-seeded Washington.

THE UNDERDOG STORY: Unseeded Nebraska made a remarkable run to winning a regional title in Columbia, Mo., with two wins over 15th-seeded Missouri on Sunday. The Huskers (44-16) lost their first game of the regional before winning four straight to advance. They’ll take on second-seeded Alabama (48-11), which has been a favorite to make the final eight all season. The Crimson Tide is led by star pitcher Jaclyn Traina (22-3), who guided Bama to a national title in 2012. She’ll be tested against a Nebraska lineup that scored 19 runs in two games Sunday behind four home runs from Hailey Decker on the day.

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by Trent Shadid
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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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