“Florida and Tennessee open WCWS” Written By Bill Plummer
OKLAHOMA CITY — Florida and Tennessee will play Thursday's opening game of the Women's College World Series and it will mark the second time these two outstanding teams have met in the WCWS. The first time was May 30, 1913 and Tennessee won 9-2. Florida and Tennessee played May 8th of this year and UT won 2-1. Florida is 17-11 all-time in the WCWS and is 150-122 against the seven other teams.
Michigan uses movie of 2005 national championship to motivate players
When Michigan was delayed by a thunderstorm Wednesday, the coaches knew what to do to get the athletes ready for the WCWS.
The coaches found the perfect movie to watch on the bus during wait — the one-hour documentary about the Michigan Softball team that won the national championship in 2005. That championship win was against UCLA, which was favored in the game, but Michigan won 4-1 thanks to a three-run homer by Samanatha Findlay, who was the tournament MOP.
Michigan is led by All-American Sierra Romero who is batting .472 and is the 6th three-time All-American in school history. Michigan has won 25 games in a row and plays Alabama Thursday night at 7 and has beaten the Tide twice this season. Alabama defeated Oklahoma in the Super Regional to advance to the WCWS for the tenth time.
Former UCLA standout Lisa Fernandez coaching first base
One of college softball's greatest players is back in Oklahoma City. Not as a player but as a coach. Lisa Fernandez, who led UCLA to two national titles, is coaching first base for the Bruins and is an assistant coach. She also hurls batting practice for the Bruins and is the only player in NCAA history to lead the NCAA in ERA and batting. She was named twice to the NCAA All-Tournament team, 1992-93, and is one of 83 UCLA players named All-Tournament in the WCWS. UCLA has won a record 11 national titles with its last in 2010.
Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women's College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.
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