Can you get off work early on Thursday? The Arizona softball team will begin play at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City on Thursday at 4 p.m. Tucson time.
The Wildcats’ game against Tennessee will be televised by ESPN2.
There was one shocker in the Super Regional bracket on Sunday, as 16th-seeded Hawaii beat top-seeded Alabama 5-4 to eliminate the Crimson Tide and advance to the Series. That marks the first time the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament failed to make it to the World Series.
Here are the four first-round matchups on Thursday (with original seeding in the 64-team tournament):
No. 9 seed Missouri vs. No. 16 Hawaii (10 a.m. Tucson time)
No. 5 UCLA vs. No. 4 Florida (12:30 p.m.)
No. 10 Arizona vs. No. 15 Tennessee (4 p.m.)
No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 3 Washington (6:30 p.m.)
With the top two seeds out (Tennessee eliminated No. 2 Michigan in a Super Regional), the Washington Huskies become the favorite … which they should have been all along.
The defending national champs were ranked No. 1 all season and have the nation’s best player — pitcher Danielle Lawrie — and should have been seeded first overall when the field was announced two weeks ago.
The winner of the Arizona-Tennessee game will play the winner of the Georgia-Washington game in the second round. The losers of those games play in an elimination game. Check out the full bracket.