Missouri Tigers→Seed: No. 9. Record: 51-11 →Coach: Ehren Earleywine (236-119)
→WCWS appearances: 5. Best finish: Fifth →Player to watch: Pitcher Kristin Nottelmann (25-7), who has won each of the Tiger's five tournament games this season while posting a .087 ERA. →Reason to believe: The team will be better prepared in their second-straight WCWS appearance, and Nottelmann has pitched four straight complete games coming into the tournament. →Cause for concern: Their first-round opponent, Hawaii, is on a roll after upsetting top-seeded Alabama in the Super Regional.
Hawaii Rainbow Wahine→Seed: No. 16. Record: 49-14 →Coach: Bob Coolen (758-495-1) →WCWS appearances: First. Best finish: N/A →Player to watch: Center fielder Kelly Majam leads the nation in home runs, with 30 of her 82 hits leaving the park. →Reason to believe: The Rainbow Wahine are rolling after Jenna Rodriguez's walk-off home run defeated top-seed Alabama to advance to the WCWS. →Cause for concern: Nerves and a lack of experience could work against the team in its first WCWS appearance.
UCLA Bruins→Seed: No. 5. Record: 45-11 →Coach: Kelly Inouye-Perez (178-49) →WCWS appearances: 24. Best finish: First (11 championships) →Player to watch: Pac-10 Player of the Year Megan Lagenfield leads the team with a .500 batting average and 16 home runs. →Reason to believe: The nation's most decorated softball program is looking to return to the summit of the sport with a 12th championship. →Cause for concern: The Bruins face a possible finals matchup with Washington and ace Danielle Lawrie, a team that took the season series against UCLA.
Florida Gators→Seed: 4. Record: 48-8 →Coach: Tim Walton (397-129) →WCWS appearances: 2. Best finish: Second →Player to watch: LF Francesca Enea owns the SEC all-time home run record. She has 61 career homers. →Reason to believe: It is Florida's third straight WCWS appearance, and last year, the Gators made the championship before losing to Washington. →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.