It's Softball Time in Tennessee: Lady Vols in the Women's College World Series Preview
Recently: Tennessee earned a trip to Oklahoma City and the Women’s College World Series with a 2-0 sweep of Texas (5-2, 9-0) in the Knoxville Super Regional.
Previously on Lady Vols in the WCWS: This will be Tennessee's eighth WCWS appearance, and the first since 2015. UT has never won a national championship. but were runners-up in 2007 and 2013.
Tennessee is 4-1 this season against their first tournament opponent, Alabama.
What to Watch: First, understand the format is different from the baseball CWS. In Omaha, you get put in a four-team pod and basically do the regional/super regional format again. The women are instead put into a double-elimination bracket with all eight teams. The last two teams left standing then play a best-2-of-3 series. This format probably benefits UT because as the #4 overall seed, they would’ve been in #1 Oklahoma’s pod under the men’s format. The Lady Vols will still likely need to beat OU twice if they want to win the whole thing, but there is a path to the championship series for UT without having to beat Oklahoma twice to get there.
As it stands, the Sooners are heavy favorites to win the whole thing. DraftKings currently has OU at -800, Florida St. at +500, and OSU and Tennessee both at +1000. Consider how many Oklahoma batters are in the top 20 of hitters at the WCWS: