2008 Women's College World Series

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The 2008 Women's College World Series was held May 29 through June 4, 2008 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Eight NCAA Division I college softball teams met after having advanced through a 64-team bracket to play at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The official host for the event was the University of Oklahoma.

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach WCWS Appearances†
(including 2008 WCWS)
WCWS Best Finish† WCWS W-L Record†
(excluding 2008 WCWS)
Alabama SEC 56-5 (25-3) Pat Murphy 5
(last: 2006)
5th
(2000, 2005)
2-8
Arizona Pac-10 41-16 (13-8) Larry Ray (acting coach) 20
(last: 2007)
1st
(1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2007)
57-25
Arizona St. Pac-10 61-5 (18-3) Clint Myers 7
(last: 2007)
3rd
(1982, 2002)
5-12
Florida SEC 67-3 (27-1) Tim Walton 1 - 0-0
Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 51-12 (19-3) Michael Lotief
Stefni Lotief
5
(last: 2003)
3rd
(1993)
5-8
Texas A&M Big 12 54-7 (17-1) Jo Evans 7
(last: 2007)
1st
(1983, 1987)
18-10
Virginia Tech ACC 49-17 (16-5) Scot Thomas 1 - 0-0
UCLA Pac-10 48-6 (17-4) Kelly Inouye-Perez 24
(last: 2006)
1st
(1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2003, 2004)
88-27

† Excludes results of the pre-NCAA Women's College World Series of 1969 through 1981.

Tournament Notes[edit]

  • Florida and Virginia Tech were the first teams in their respective school histories to reach the WCWS in the NCAA era.

Bracket[edit]

2008 Women's College World Series bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                           
#1  Florida 2  
 Louisiana-Lafayette 3  
   Louisiana-Lafayette 1  
  #5  Texas A&M 2  
#5  Texas A&M 1
 Virginia Tech 0  
  #5  Texas A&M 1 1  
  #1  Florida 6 0  
#1  Florida 2  
 Virginia Tech 0  
  #1  Florida 2
  #2  UCLA 0  
  #5  Texas A&M 0 0
  #6  Arizona State 3 11
#3  Alabama 1  
#6  Arizona State 3  
  #6  Arizona State 4
  #2  UCLA 0  
#2  UCLA 1
#7  Arizona 0  
  #6  Arizona State 3
  #3  Alabama 1  
#3  Alabama 5  
#7  Arizona 1  
  #3  Alabama 3
   Louisiana-Lafayette 1  

Game Results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
May 29, 2008 Game 1 Louisiana-Lafayette 3-2 Florida In 8th inn., ULL pitcher Ashley Brignac threw 21 straight pitches whilst having 3 balls, 2 strikes before batter got out.[1][2]
Game 2 Texas A&M 1-0 Virginia Tech A throwing error allowed Texas A&M to score an unearned run in the 6th inning.[3][4]
Game 3 Arizona State 3-1 Alabama ASU erased a 0-1 deficit and scored 3 runs in the 7th inning.[5][6]
Game 4 UCLA 1-0 Arizona Two errors in the first inning helped UCLA score their only run.[7][8]
May 30, 2008 Game 5 Texas A&M 2-1 Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Lafayette tied the game in the bottom of the 6th inning;
Texas A&M scored the winning run in the top of the 7th inning.[9][10]
Game 6 Arizona State 4-0 UCLA Arizona State scored 2 runs in both 3rd and 5th innings;
UCLA had 4 hits and Arizona State had 3 hits.[11][12]
May 31, 2008 Game 7 Florida 2-0 Virginia Tech VT eliminated in 9 innings; UF scored 2 runs in top of the 9th, VT pitcher Angela Tincher missed tying WCWS record for SO in extra-inning game by 1.[13][14]
Game 8 Alabama 5-1 Arizona Alabama scored 4 runs in the 6th inning to knock out 2-time defending champion Arizona.[15][16]
Game 9 Florida 2-0 UCLA Florida scored on a pitching error and an RBI single in the first and sixth inning, respectively, to eliminate UCLA. UCLA's class became the first in school history to not win a WCWS title.[17]
Game 10 Alabama 3-1 Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Lafayette eliminated;
Alabama scored the winning runs in the 5th inning.[18]
June 1, 2008 Game 11 Florida 6-1 Texas A&M Florida used 3 unearned runs in the 4th inning aided by a catcher's error to break a 1-1 tie and a 2-run HR extended the lead in the 7th inning.[19]
Game 12 Arizona State 3-1 Alabama ASU scored on a three-run home run. ASU advances to the National Championship series, and Alabama is eliminated.[20][21]
Game 13 Texas A&M 1-0 Florida Texas A&M advances to the National Championship series.
Macie Morrow scored on Kelsey Spittler's triple in the top of the 9th inning.[22][23]
June 2, 2008 Finals Game 1 Arizona State 3-0 Texas A&M Arizona State had a run in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th innings.
Krista Donnenwirth hit a home run.[24][25]
June 3, 2008 Finals Game 2 Arizona State 11-0 Texas A&M Arizona State scored 7 runs in the 7th inning to make the game an 11 run game, blanking the Aggies and taking home the national championship trophy.[26]

Championship Game[edit]

School Top Batter Stats.
Arizona St. Kaitlin Cochran (CF) 1-2 3RBIs HR 2BBs SB
Texas A&M Megan Gibson (P) 1-2 2B BB SB
School Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
Arizona St. Katie Burkhart 7.0 4 0 0 1 13 25 26
Texas A&M Megan Gibson 7.0 10 11 10 3 5 31 35

Final standings[edit]

Place School WCWS Record
1st Arizona State 5-0
2nd Texas A&M 3-3
3rd Florida 3-2
Alabama 2-2
5th UCLA 1-2
Louisiana-Lafayette 1-2
7th Arizona 0-2
Virginia Tech 0-2

All Tournament Team[edit]

The following players were members of the All-Tournament Team:[27]

  • Francesca Enea, Florida
  • Charlotte Morgan, Alabama
  • Stacey Nelson, Florida
  • Holly Tankersley, La.-Lafayette
  • Angela Tincher, Virginia Tech
  • Megan Gibson, Texas A&M
  • Jami Lobpries, Texas A&M
  • Kaitlin Cochran, Arizona State
  • Krista Donnenwirth, Arizona State
  • Lesley Rogers, Arizona State
  • Jackie Vasquez, Arizona State
  • Katie Burkhart, Arizona State (Most Outstanding Player)

WCWS records tied or broken[edit]

  • 6,240 Session 1 (Games 1 and 2) total attendance — WCWS record[28]
  • 8,230 Session 3 (Games 5 and 6) total attendance — WCWS record[29]
  • In Game 11, Florida left fielder Francesca Enea hit two home runs to allow her team to defeat Texas A&M 6–1. She tied the WCWS record for the most home runs in a game in the NCAA era that was set by UCLA's Yvonne Gutierrez in 1992 and tied by Arizona's Lindsey Collins in 1999 and UCLA's Andrea Harrison in 2010.[30]
  • Arizona State's 11-0 victory over Texas A&M was the largest margin of victory in a NCAA championship clinching game.[31]

WCWS Leaders[edit]

Team[edit]

Individual[edit]

Post-Series Notes[edit]

  • At the conclusion of their run in the series, Florida compiled a 70–5 overall record, becoming the first NCAA team to record 70 wins.[32]
  • The 2008 WCWS marked the first time that Arizona did not return to the championship game/series while defending one of their eight national championships.

The Tournament[edit]

See also[edit]

2008 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ragin' Cajuns stun top-seeded Florida 3-2". 
  2. ^ "Gators upset on eighth-inning homer". 
  3. ^ "Slip-up sinks Hokies". 
  4. ^ "Errant throw allows Texas A&M to edge Hokies". 
  5. ^ "Women's College World Series: Late Arizona State rally bedevils Tide". 
  6. ^ "ASU softball rallies to win opener". 
  7. ^ "Softball: Unusual call goes against Cats". 
  8. ^ "UCLA beats defending champion Arizona, 1-0". 
  9. ^ "Aggies take advantage of error again". 
  10. ^ "Cajuns stalled: UL drops game to Texas A&M". 
  11. ^ "Bruins' strategy backfires vs. Devils". 
  12. ^ "UCLA strategy thwarted". 
  13. ^ "Virginia Tech can't capitalize on error, loses to Florida in CWS". 
  14. ^ "Tincher ends career without title, but with lasting legacy". 
  15. ^ "Alabama Softball Defeats Arizona, 5-1". 
  16. ^ "'Bama bounces Arizona Wildcats from softball tournament". 
  17. ^ "Arizona, UCLA out of Women's College World Series". 
  18. ^ "WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Alabama advances to semifinals". 
  19. ^ "WCWS: Florida Forces If-Game, Defeats Texas A&M 6-1". 
  20. ^ "Tide run ends with 3-1 loss to Arizona State". 
  21. ^ "ASU softball advances to World Series final". 
  22. ^ "Women's College World Series Blog: Game 5 vs. Texas A&M". 
  23. ^ "Once unheralded recruit, Lobpries comes up big for Texas A&M". 
  24. ^ "Texas A&M falls to Arizona State 3-0 in softball World Series opener". 
  25. ^ "Freshman delivers in ASU victory". 
  26. ^ "Arizona State wins NCAA softball title in rout". [dead link]
  27. ^ "Tincher named to WCWS All-Tournament Team". 
  28. ^ "UA softball team loses in 1st round of WCWS after delay". 
  29. ^ "WCWS Notebook: Getting 'Pearl'sonal". 
  30. ^ "Women's College World Series Notebook". 2008-06-02. 
  31. ^ Sun Devils - NCAA champs!
  32. ^ Gators' NCAA run ends

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