Every year the Friday night winners’ bracket session is one of the biggest crowds at the Women’s College World Series.
Through three sessions, the attendance is 25,726. Friday’s crowd was a sellout of 9,062. The 8,818 fans that attended the second session was the second largest Thursday night crowd in Women’s College World Series history.
PITCHING DEPTH MORE IMPORTANT
Kentucky coach Rachel Lawson, whose team is making its first-ever WCWS appearance, said she believes the days of one pitcher taking a team to the national title are over, and a well-developed bullpen is necessary to win this tournament.
Lawson followed that up by saying she will use her ace pitcher, Kelsey Nunley, will be in the circle as much as possible this week.
“I don’t think any team can win the World Series with one pitcher anymore,” Lawson said. “I think those days are probably over. I think if we’re going to go deep into the tournament, we are definitely going to have to go into our pitching staff.
“But you definitely have to give Kelsey the ball as long as she can take it.”
The last national champion to use only one pitcher was Alabama in 2012, when Jaclyn Traina threw 791 pitches in six games. Last year, OU’s Keilani Ricketts threw every game up to the championship series clincher, when coach Patty Gasso went with Michelle Gascoigne to keep Tennessee off balance.