Women's College World Series: Breaking down each team

Here’s a closer look at each of the teams that will compete in the 2014 WCWS.
By Cody Stavenhagen Published: May 27, 2014
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photo - Teammates celebrate Lauren Chamberlain's second home run as the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) softball team plays Tennessee in game three of the NCAA super regional at Marita Hynes Field on May 25, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Teammates celebrate Lauren Chamberlain's second home run as the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) softball team plays Tennessee in game three of the NCAA super regional at Marita Hynes Field on May 25, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Coach: Michael Lotief (12th season)

Ranking: No. 11

Scouting report: Christina Hamilton won Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year and has a 3.22 strikeout-to-walk ratio. … Lexie Elkins leads the team with 22 home runs and 72 RBIs. … Lotief has won 40 or more games in each of his 12 seasons.

Key stat: 88. ULL is second in the country with 88 home runs and scores the 10th-most runs per game of any school.

Projected lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl.; Avg.; HR; RBI

2B; Natalie Fernandez; Sr.; .423; 0; 13

CF; Haley Hayden; Fr.; .333; 15; 55

C; Lexie Elkins; So.; .388; 22; 72

3B; Samantha Walsh; So.; .271; 11; 37

RF; Shellie Landry; So.; .298; 5; 39

LF; Shelbi Redfearn; Sr.; .309; 15; 49

DP; Sara Corbello; So.; .185; 8; 27

SS; Corin Voinche; So.; .269; 2; 15

Pitching staff;

Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

Christina Hamilton; Jr.; 29-2; 1.53; 0.97; 183;

Jordan Wallace; Jr.; 14-3; 4.04; 1.85; 136

Victoria Brown; So.; 6-1; 2.79; 1.24; 33

OKLAHOMA

No. 7 seed, 50-11 overall, 16-2 Big 12

Coach: Patty Gasso (20th season)

Ranking: No. 12

Scouting report: Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley have more combined home runs than any duo in the country. … The Sooners have won 16 of their past 17 games. … The defending champion Sooners are making their ninth WCWS appearance.

Key stat: .625. OU’s caught stealing rate, which leads the nation. The Sooners have allowed only nine stolen bases in 24 attempts.

Projected lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl.; Avg.; HR; RBI

LF; Destinee Martinez; Sr.; .340; 0; 32

1B; Lauren Chamberlain; Jr.; .371; 12; 27

3B; Shelby Pendley; Jr.; .429; 17; 74

DP; Brittany Williams; Sr.; .361; 14; 53

SS; Georgia Casey; Jr.; .361; 13; 49

RF; Erin Miller; So.; .254; 3; 24

CF; Callie Parson; Jr.; .284; 0; 8

2B; Javen Henson; Sr.; .253; 5; 25

C; Whitney Ellis; So.; .304; 10; 50

Pitching staff

Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

Kelsey Stevens; So.; 37-8; 2.41; 1.11; 266

Shelby Pendley; Jr.; 2-0; 1.73; 1.13; 31

Georgia Casey; Jr.; 3-2; 4.31; 1.55; 25

Leslie Miller; So.; 5-0; 3.40; 1.76; 12

Taylor Dewberry; So.; 3-0; 4.55; 1.40; 7

FLORIDA STATE

No. 8 seed, 55-7 overall, 24-3 ACC

Coach: Lonni Alameda (sixth season)

Ranking: No. 3

Scouting report: Maddie O’Brien leads the NCAA in RBIs (83) and slugging (.964), and is second in home runs (24). … Lacey Waldrop allowed more than one earned run in only eight of her 46 appearances. … Tiffany Brown leads the Seminole with 25 steals and 63 runs. … FSU is one of nine schools to play in the postseason every year since 2000.

Key stat: 1.44. The Seminoles’ team ERA is second in the nation.

Projected lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl.; Avg.; HR; RBI

SS; Maddie O’Brien; Jr.; .431; 24; 83

2B; Tiffani Brown; Sr.; .311; 0; 20

CF; Courtney Senas; Sr.; .349; 15; 57

LF; Kelly Hensley; Sr.; .309; 2; 21

DP; Bailey Schinella; Jr.; .289; 3; 29

1B; Victoria East; So.; .272; 4; 31

C; Celeste Gomez; Sr.; .242; 5; 34

RF; Alex Kossoff; So.; .330; 0; 5

Pitching staff

Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

Lacey Waldrop; Jr.; 38-5; 1.01; 0.98; 282

Jessica Burroughs; Fr.; 17-1; 2.02; 1.13; 120

Jessica Nori; Sr.; 0-1; 2.84; 1.27; 20

BAYLOR

No. 13 seed, 47-14 overall, 13-5 Big 12

Coach: Glenn Moore (14th season)

Ranking: 17

Scouting report: Kaitlyn Thumann has reached base in 26 straight games. … Whitney Canion has thrown 22 complete games and 10 shutouts. … Linsey Hays needs one sacrifice fly to tie the Baylor single-season record at seven.

Key stat: 226 2/3. Innings pitched for Canion, who was the Big 12’s Pitcher of the Year.

Projected lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl.; Avg.; HR; RBI

RF; Kaitlyn Thumann; Jr.; .387; 7; 22

2B; Ari Hawkins; Fr.; .370; 3; 24

DP; Linsey Hays; So.; .333; 13; 48

1B; Holly Holl; Sr.; .269; 8; 39;

C; Clare Hosack; Sr.; .287; 11; 42

3B; Sarah Smith; So.; .349; 7; 30

SS; Jordan Strickland; Jr.; .281; 12; 43

LF; Liz Paul; Sr.; .213; 2; 8

CF; Lindsey Cargill; Fr.; .284; 4; 17

Pitching staff

Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

Whitney Canion; Sr.; 31-10; 1.40; 0.95; 296

Heather Stearns; So.; 13-4; 1.69; 1.19; 123

Liz Paul; Sr.; 3-0; 1.94; 1.06; 55

KENTUCKY

No. 14 seed, 49-17 overall, 13-11 SEC

Coach: Rachel Lawson (seventh season)

Ranking: No. 15

Scouting report: Sylver Samuel has 18 steals in 20 attempts. … Nikkie Sagermann went 4-for-6 to lead the Wildcats against UCLA in the Super Regional. … The Wildcats won nine games in a row in March before losing six of their final nine in the regular season.

Key stat: 14. UK’s number of wins against ranked opponents, the most in school history.

Projected lineup

Pos.; Player; Cl.; Avg.; HR; RBI

SS; Christian Stokes; So.; .282; 7; 22

CF; Sylver Samuel; So.; .292; 1; 9

3B; Nikki Sagermann; So.; .282; 13; 49

C; Griffin Joiner; Jr.; .308; 10; 39

RF; Emily Gaines; Sr.; .311; 6; 35

1B; Lauren Cumbess; Sr.; .311; 9; 39

2B; Krystal Smith; Sr.; .172; 2; 17

LF; Emily Jolly; Sr.; .241; 5; 17

DP; Ginny Carroll; Sr.; .244; 3; 9

Pitching staff

Player; Cl.; W-L; ERA; WHIP; K

Kelsey Nunley; So.; 29-9; 1.85; 1.13; 202

Lauren Cumbess; Sr.; 10-1; 2.07; 0.98; 78

Meagan Prince; Fr.; 8-4; 3.47; 1.51; 61

Shannon Smith; Fr.; 2-3; 2.93; 1.67; 45