2009 Women's College World Series

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The 2009 Women's College World Series was held May 28 through June 3, 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Eight NCAA Division I college softball teams met after having advanced through a 64-team bracket to play in the World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The official host for the event is the University of Oklahoma. The tournament was won by the Washington Huskies of the Pac-10. It was their first softball national championship.

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach WCWS Appearances†
(including 2009 WCWS)
WCWS Best Finish† WCWS W-L Record†
(excluding 2009 WCWS)
Alabama Southeastern 52-9 (21-6) Patrick Murphy 6
(last: 2008)
3rd
(2008)
4-10
Arizona Pacific-10 46-15 (13-7) Mike Candrea 21
(last: 2008)
1st
(1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2007)
57-27
Arizona St. Pacific-10 46-17 (10-11) Clint Myers 8
(last: 2008)
1st
(2008)
10-12
Florida Southeastern 60-3 (26-1) Tim Walton 2
(last: 2008)
3rd
(2008)
3-2
Georgia Southeastern 44-10 (18-7) Lu Harris-Champer 1 - -
Michigan Big Ten 46-10 (17-3) Carol Hutchins 9
(last: 2005)
1st
(2005)
7-16
Missouri Big 12 50-10 (12-6) Ehren Earleywine 4
(last: 1994)
5th
(1991)
1-6
Washington Pacific-10 46-11 (14-7) Heather Tarr 9
(last: 2007)
1st
(2009)
15-14

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

Tournament notes[edit]

  • Alabama advanced to the Women's College World Series after sophomore pitcher Kelsi Dunne, threw back-to-back no-hitters in the Tuscaloosa Super Regional, an NCAA record.[1]
  • The SEC advanced three teams to the Women's College World Series for the first time in conference history; it was also the first time a conference outside the Pac-10 had done it.[2]

Bracket[edit]

2009 Women's College World Series bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                           
1  Florida 3  
9  Arizona 0  
  1  Florida 1  
  5  Michigan 0  
4  Alabama 1
5  Michigan 6  
  1  Florida 6 -  
  4  Alabama 5 -  
9  Arizona 0  
4  Alabama 14  
  10  Arizona State 2
  4  Alabama 6  
  1  Florida 0 2 -
  3  Washington 8 3 -
3  Washington 3  
6  Georgia 1  
  3  Washington 1
  10  Arizona State 0  
10  Arizona State 7
 Missouri 3  
  3  Washington 8 9
  6  Georgia 9 3  
6  Georgia 5  
 Missouri 2  
  5  Michigan 5
  6  Georgia 7  

Game Results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
May 28, 2009 Game 1 Washington 3-1 Georgia Niki Williams hit a 2-run HR; Danielle Lawrie allowed 6 hits in a complete game victory.
Game 2 Arizona State 7-3 Missouri
Game 3 Michigan 6-1 Alabama Including this game, Alabama has gone 0-6 on opening day of the WCWS.
Game 4 Florida 3-0 Arizona Against the top home-run-hitting team in the history of college softball, Florida pitcher Stacey Nelson gave up only two singles.
May 29, 2009 Game 5 Washington 1-0 Arizona State Washington won on a walk-off single from Morgan Stuart in the bottom of the 8th that scored Kimi Pohlman.
Game 6 Florida 1-0 Michigan Florida pitcher Stacey Nelson threw 71 pitches, only 14 of which were balls, in a complete game.
May 30, 2009 Game 7 Georgia 5-2 Missouri
Game 8 Alabama 14-0 Arizona Alabama broke the record for largest margin of victory in WCWS history.
Game 9 Georgia 7-5 Michigan Georgia broke the record for home runs in a game at the World Series with four.
Game 10 Alabama 6-2 Arizona State Jazlyn Lunceford hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the fourth to propel Alabama to a 6-2 win.
May 31, 2009 Game 11 Georgia 9-8 Washington After 4h15m, the game ended in the bottom of the 9th inning when UW's Danielle Lawrie walked a batter with bases loaded.
Game 12 Florida 6-5 Alabama Ali Gardiner's walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning clinched Florida's spot in the finals.
Game 13 Washington 9-3 Georgia With Washington's victory, the Pac-10 has sent at least one team to the WCWS finals 23 consecutive times.
June 1, 2009 Finals Game 1 Washington 8-0 Florida Danielle Lawrie struck out 12 in a 2-hit shutout; Ashley Charters & Jenn Salling both had 2 RBIs and scored 2 runs.
June 2, 2009 Finals Game 2 Washington 3-2 Florida Washington won its first softball national title and became the fifth Pac-10 team to win the WCWS.

Championship Game[edit]

School Top Batter Stats.
Washington Danielle Lawrie (P) 2-3 RBI
Florida Francesca Enea (LF) 2-3 2B SB K
School Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
Washington Danielle Lawrie 7.0 7 2 1 3 8 27 33
Florida Stacey Nelson 6.0 6 3 2 1 5 24 26

Final standings[edit]

Place School WCWS Record
1st Washington 5-1
2nd Florida 3-2
3rd Georgia 3-2
Alabama 2-2
5th Michigan 1-2
Arizona State 1-2
7th Missouri 0-2
Arizona 0-2

All-Tournament Team[edit]

The 2009 Women's College World Series All-Tournament team:[3]
Kelley Montalvo, Alabama
Charlotte Morgan, Alabama
Brittany Rogers, Alabama
Alisa Goler, Georgia
Taylor Schlopy, Georgia
Megan Bush, Florida
Stacey Nelson, Florida
Ashley Charters, Washington
Kimi Pohlman, Washington
Morgan Stuart, Washington
Niki Williams, Washington
Danielle Lawrie, Washington (Most Outstanding Player)

Breakdown by school:
Washington: 5
Alabama: 3
Florida: 2
Georgia: 2

WCWS records tied or broken[edit]

  • In Game 8, Alabama broke the record for largest margin of victory in a NCAA-era WCWS game by defeating Arizona 14-0. Ironically, the record was previously set by Arizona's 12-0 victory over Fresno State in the 1989 WCWS.
  • In Game 9, Georgia broke the NCAA-era home run record in a single WCWS game with four: two from Taylor Schlopy, one from Brianna Hesson, and one from Ashley Pauly. Schlopy became only the fourth player in NCAA-era WCWS history to hit two home runs in one game.
  • In game 11, Washington's Niki Williams broke the NCAA-era WCWS single-game RBI record with seven RBIs, including a fifth inning grand slam.

WCWS Leaders[edit]

Team[edit]

Individual[edit]

Post-Series Notes[edit]

  • Despite having 3 teams advance to the semifinals, the SEC failed to win its first ever WCWS, and Washington continued the West Coast's dominance in college softball. As of 2009, only two teams east of the Mississippi River have won the WCWS (Michigan in 2005 and Michigan State in 1976, the latter in the pre-NCAA era).

The Tournament[edit]

See also[edit]

2009 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dunne Keeps Jacksonville State Hitless Again; Alabama Softball Advances to Women's College World Series". University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations. 2009-05-23. Archived from the original on 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ AWakefield. "SEC Advances 3 Teams to WCWS". Archived from the original on 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-05-30. 
  3. ^ "Softball has Three Named to WCWS All-Tournament Team". University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations - RollTide.com. 2009-06-02. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 

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