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WCWS: College softball national champion to be crowned in Oklahoma City

OU faces Alabama at 8:30 p.m. Thursday to cap the first day of action at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
by Scott Wright Published: May 28, 2014

College softball’s biggest stage is set once again at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, with one week of action to determine the NCAA national champion.

The Women’s College World Series, one of Oklahoma City’s most recognizable national sporting events, is set to begin at 11 a.m. Thursday. Oklahoma caps the first day with its prime-time matchup against No. 2 seed Alabama at 8:30 p.m. All games will be televised on the ESPN networks.

“Looking at numbers, we match up pretty evenly with Alabama,” said OU third baseman Shelby Pendley, who was named a first-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Wednesday. “We’re very similar teams, and it’s going to be a really tough game.”

The Sooners are trying to defend their 2013 national title, but they haven’t been enjoying this season from the top. Getting back to this point has been a challenging process at times. OU dropped as low as No. 23 in the national rankings early in the season, before rebounding to earn the No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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