CORRECTION: When we first ran this story about NCAA WCWS selections, it was incorrectly reported that Brianna Hesson and Taylor Schlopy selected Tennessee over Georgia. That was not the case, as an internal office error occured when transferring the picks from bracket to computer. "I apologize to all the Georgia fans that were suprised upon seeing the selections," said Andrew Phillips. "I made a mistake when copying the information over to the story and I'm sorry for the confusion." The Georiga alumni did in fact select their alma mater in this weekends softball action.
With the 2012 NCAA Women’s College World Series in full swing we sat down with some of the Akron Racers players to predict who will move on from the Super Regional. Racers’ players Taylor Schlopy, Brianna Hesson, Nicole Pauly and Kelly Montalvo stepped up to the plate with their picks.
Taylor Schlopy picked first, choosing No. 1 California to advance and face No. 9 Missouri, No. 3 Arizona St moving on to play No. 6 Texas, Hofstra winning to play No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 10 Georgia moving on to face No. 2 Alabama.
Kelley Montalvo followed suit on Schlopy’s picks, making just one change by selecting South Florida over Hofstra.
Brianna Hesson stepped up next, picking No. 16 Washington, LSU, No. 3 Arizona St., No. 11 Oregon, South Florida, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 10 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama to all advance through the Super Regional.
Lastly, Nicole Pauly selected No. 1 California to face No. 9 Missouri, No. 3 Arizona St. to play No. 11 Oregon, South Florida to play No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 7 Tennessee against No. 2 Alabama in the next round.
A little more about the picks . . .
In the Berkeley Super Regional, No. 1 California plays No. 16 Washington. California went 4-1 over the weekend and Washington had no trouble in their bracket, going 3-0. No.9 Missouri faces off against LSU with both teams having no problem advancing in their regional brackets going 3-0 each.
The Tampa Super Regional will feature two teams that caused upsets in their Regional brackets. Both South Florida and Hofstra caused the bracket stir-ups. South Florida defeated Florida 1-0 in the final game and Hofstra got lucky, avoiding UCLA as they beat San Diego St. 2-1.
In the Norman Super Regional, No.13 Arizona faces off against No.4 Oklahoma. Arizona beat Notre Dame 8-3 in their final game and Oklahoma defeated Oregon St. 6-0.
The Tempe Super Regional has No. 3 Arizona State playing No. 14 La.-Lafayette. ASU played Syracuse twice to win their region, and La.-Lafayette beat Stanford 6-2 in the final game to move on.
The Austin Super Regional will consist of No. 11 Oregon playing No. 6 Texas. Oregon played BYU twice to win their regional and Texas had a set back to start their regional, losing to Northwestern but then bouncing back to beat Auburn and Northwestern twice.
The Knoxville Regional has No. 10 Georgia against No. 7 Tennessee. Tennessee had a rough route to the next round as they played five games and had to beat Virginia Tech twice. Georgia won all three of their games in beating North Carolina by scores of 3-2 and 2-1.
The last Super Regional is the Tuscaloosa which has No. 2 Alabama slated to play Michigan. Michigan beat No. 15 Louisville by scores of 2-1 and 4-0 to get to this point. Alabama played South Alabama and won 5-2 and 6-0.
Who are your picks for the Super Regional round of the NCAA WCWS? Send us a tweet to @akronracers with #RacersSuperPicks and let us know if you agree with these four players and who you think will advance on to the next round.