Women's College World Series team capsules

BY CORBIN HOSLER AND BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writers Published: June 3, 2010
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/> →Cause for concern: Florida faces a tough road to the finals, with 11-time champion UCLA up first, followed by a possible finals rematch against Washington.

Arizona Wildcats
→Seed: No. 10. Record: 48-11

→Coach: Mike Candrea (1,225-256-2)

→WCWS appearances: 22. Best finish: First (eight championships)

→Player to watch: Kenzie Fowler (34-6, 1.27 ERA, 322 strikeouts). The freshman is the Wildcats' ace this season and, despite being hit in the forearm by a batted ball during Arizona's Super Regional, she is expected to start in the WCWS.

Reason to believe: The Wildcats are rich in tradition and talented. Fowler, one of 10 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year, is outstanding. Five Arizona players hit .350 or better.

→Cause for concern: Fowler is the team ace, but she has had to overcome a bruised forearm — and tightness in the forearm caused by a pinched nerve in her neck. Her health might be a key to Arizona's success.

Tennessee Lady Volunteers
→Seed: No. 15. Record: 47-13

→Co-Head Coaches: Ralph Weekly (917-316-2) Karen Weekly (639-232-2)

→WCWS appearances: 3. Best finish: Second.

→Player to watch: Centerfielder Kelly Grieve. The junior brings out her best for big games, hitting safely in 14 of 19 games against ranked teams, including an 11-game hitting streak. Grieve hit .349 against teams that made the NCAA Tournament.

→Reason to believe: The Vols enter the WCWS after an impressive two-game sweep at No. 2 seed Michigan. Freshman pitcher Ivy Renfroe (18-2, 1.82 ERA, 120 strikeouts) has come on down the stretch, throwing 21 consecutive scoreless innings to begin her first run through the NCAA Tournament. She pitched 6 1/3 no-hit innings against Michigan in the Ann Arbor Super Regional.

→Cause for concern: Renfroe leads Tennessee in most pitching categories. If she struggles in her first WCWS experience, the Vols' bats might have to carry the load.

Georgia Bulldogs
→Seed: No. 6. Record: 48-11

→Coach: Lu Harris-Champer (709-243-1)

→WCWS appearances: 1. Best finish: Third

→Player to watch: Center fielder Taylor Scholpy. The junior was first team All-SEC and hit .400 in the Athens Regional as Georgia defeated California to advance to the WCWS.

→Reason to believe: The power-hitting Bulldogs accounted for 95 home runs this season with five players with 10 or more. Megan Wiggins and Alisa Goler are tied for the team lead with 15.

→Cause for concern: In a tournament full of teams with elite pitchers, the Bulldogs aren't even among the NCAA's top 50 teams in ERA at 2.68.

Washington Huskies
→Seed: No. 3. Record: 50-7

→Coach: Heather Tarr (243-110-1)

→WCWS appearances: 9. Best finish: First. Defending national champion.

→Player to watch: Pitcher Danielle Lawrie. The 2010 USA Softball Player of the Year, Lawrie was 40-3 with a 1.00 ERA and 478 strikeouts this season. She added 15 homers and 57 RBI while hitting .311.

→Reason to believe: Lawrie, Lawrie and Lawrie. The 2009 WCWS Most Outstanding Player while leading the Huskies to the title looks poised to do it again.

→Cause for concern: The Huskies (.297 team batting average) might struggle manufacturing runs against the elite pitching in the WCWS.


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