2010 Women's College World Series

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The 2010 Women's College World Series was held from June 3 through June 8, 2010 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. Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Mary Smith, and Holly Rowe served as announcers for the Tournament. UCLA defeated Arizona 15-9 to win the school's 106th NCAA championship and the program's 11th NCAA softball championship (12th including the 1978 pre-NCAA title).

Field dimensions[edit]

Whereas in previous years, the outfield fence was set at 190 feet from home plate and standing four feet in height, the fence was moved back to 200 feet and raised to a height of six feet for this year's tournament. Despite the change, the 2010 Series saw a record-breaking number of home runs resulting from "some of the power brought into the game by composite-barreled bats."[1]

Illegal pitching[edit]

The 2010 WCWS was marked by a proliferation of illegal pitch calls, following a memo by NCAA Softball Secretary Rules Editor Dee Abrahamson outlining an increased emphasis on legal pitching.[2] Arizona Wildcats pitcher Kenzie Fowler, in particular, was cited for eight illegal pitches in Arizona's first-round 9-0 loss to Tennessee, and a further eight illegal pitches in Arizona's second-round 4-3 win over Washington; Fowler was cited for 16 of the 22 illegal pitches called in the first eight games of the tournament. Wildcats coach Mike Candrea reacted by saying that "the officials were way too involved in [the Tennessee] game," and that the citation of illegal pitches was "sporadic."[3]

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach WCWS Appearances†
(including 2010 WCWS)
WCWS Best Finish† WCWS W-L Record†
(excluding 2010 WCWS)
Arizona Pacific-10 48-11 (13-8) Mike Candrea 22
(last: 2009)
1st
(1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2007)
57-29
Florida Southeastern 48-8 (20-4) Tim Walton 3
(last: 2009)
2nd
(2009)
6-4
Georgia Southeastern 48-11 (18-8) Lu Harris-Champer 2
(last: 2009)
3rd
(2009)
3-2
Hawaii WAC 49-15 (19-1) Bob Coolen 1 - -
Missouri Big 12 56-11 (11-7) Ehren Earleywine 5
(last: 2009)
5th
(1991)
1-8
Tennessee Southeastern 47-13 (17-8) Ralph Weekly
Karen Weekly
4
(last: 2007)
2nd
(2007)
10-6
UCLA Pacific-10 45-11 (14-7) Kelly Inouye-Perez 25
(last: 2008)
1st
(1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2003, 2004)
89-29
Washington Pacific-10 50-7 (17-4) Heather Tarr 9
(last: 2009)
1st
(2009)
20-15

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

Bracket[edit]

2010 Women's College World Series bracket - Double Elimination[edit]

  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                           
16  Hawai'i (1-0) 3  
9  Missouri (0-1) 2  
  16  Hawai'i (1-0) 2  
  5  UCLA (1-0) 5  
4  Florida (0-1) 3
5  UCLA (1-0) 16  
  5  UCLA (2-0) 5  
  6  Georgia (2-2) 2  
9  Missouri (0-2) 0  
4  Florida (0-1) 5  
  6  Georgia (1-1) 3
  4  Florida (1-2) 2  
  5  UCLA (5-0) 6 15
  10  Arizona (4-3) 5 9
3  Washington (0-1) 3  
6  Georgia (1-0) 6  
  6  Georgia (1-0) 5
  15  Tennessee (1-0) 7  
10  Arizona (0-1) 0
15  Tennessee (1-0) 9  
  15  Tennessee (2-2) 0 2
  10  Arizona (2-1) 8 5  
10  Arizona (0-1) 4  
3  Washington (0-2) 3  
  16  Hawai'i (1-2) 1
  10  Arizona (1-1) 5  

Game Results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 3, 2010 Game 1 Hawai'i 3-2 Missouri Alexandra Aguirre and Traci Yoshikawa homered for HI
Rhea Taylor homered for MO
Game 2 UCLA 16-3
(6 inn)
Florida Andrea Harrison homered twice and
Megan Langenfeld homered for UCLA
Game 3 Tennessee 9-0
(5 inn)
Arizona Kenzie Fowler called for eight illegal pitches;
Ivy Renfroe pitched a 3-hit shutout
Game 4 Georgia 6-3 Washington Kristyn Sandberg and Megan Wiggins homered for GA
June 4, 2010 Game 5 UCLA 5-2 Hawai'i Samantha Camusa, Julie Burney, and Andrea Harrison hit
home runs for UCLA; Alexandra Aguirre homered for HI
Game 6 Tennessee 7-5 Georgia Erinn Webb hit a grand slam for TN;
Ashley Razey homered for GA
June 5, 2010 Game 7 Florida 5-0 Missouri Brittany Schutte homered twice and
Kelsey Bruder homered for FL
Game 8 Arizona 4-3 Washington Kenzie Fowler called for eight illegal pitches;
Danielle Lawrie's final collegiate performance
Game 9 Georgia 3-2 Florida Alisa Goler homered for GA;
Brittany Schutte homered for FL;
Kristyn Sandberg left with knee sprain
Game 10 Arizona 5-1 Hawaii Kenzie Fowler called for five illegal pitches;
Traci Yoshikawa homered for HI
June 6, 2010 Game 11 UCLA 5-2 Georgia B. B. Bates and Samantha Camuso homered for UCLA
Game 12 Arizona 8-0
(5 inn)
Tennessee Game ended by run-ahead rule
Game 13 Arizona 5-2 Tennessee Stacie Chambers and K'Lee Arredondo homered for AZ
June 7, 2010 Finals Game 1 UCLA 6-5
(8 inn)
Arizona Seventh World Series between UCLA and Arizona
Megan Langenfeld homered twice for UCLA;
K'Lee Arredondo and Stacie Chambers homered for AZ
June 8, 2010 Finals Game 2 UCLA 15-9 Arizona Andrea Harrison hit a grand slam and Megan Langenfeld,
Julie Burney and Samantha Camuso homered for UCLA;
Stacie Chambers homered twice and Lini Koria homered for AZ

Championship Game[edit]

School Top Batter Stats.
UCLA Bruins Julie Burney (3B) 3-5 3RBIs HR K
Arizona Wildcats Stacie Chambers (C) 2-3 4RBIs 2HRs BB K
School Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
UCLA Bruins Aleah Macon 4.1 6 6 6 3 7 18 23
UCLA Bruins Donna Kerr 2.2 4 3 3 2 4 12 15
Arizona Wildcats Kenzie Fowler 1.0 2 3 3 3 0 5 9
Arizona Wildcats Sarah Akamine 4.0 15 11 11 3 3 27 31
Arizona Wildcats Ashley Ralston 2.0 2 1 1 1 2 8 9

Final standings[edit]

Place School WCWS Record
1st UCLA 5-0
2nd Arizona 4-3
3rd Tennessee 2-2
Georgia 2-2
5th Florida 1-2
Hawai'i 1-2
7th Washington 0-2
Missouri 0-2

WCWS Records[edit]

  • Home runs, game (individual), 2 - tied with Yvonne Gutierrez (UCLA, 1992), Lindsey Collins (Arizona, 1999), & Francesca Enea (Florida, 2008)
In Game 2, Andrea Harrison hit two home runs in UCLA's 16-3 win over Florida.
In Game 7, Brittany Schutte hit two home runs in Florida's 5-0 win over Missouri.
In Game 14, Megan Langenfeld hit two home runs in UCLA's 8-inning 6-5 win over Arizona.
In Game 15, Stacie Chambers hit two home runs in Arizona's game against UCLA.
  • Home runs, Series (individual), 4 - new record, surpassing former record of 3 (Gutierrez in 1992; Toni Mascarenas in 2001; Tairia Mims in 2003)
Megan Langenfeld hit one home run in Game 2, two home runs in Game 14, and one home run in Game 15.
Andrea Harrison hit two home runs in Game 2, one home run in Game 5, and a grand slam in Game 15.
Stacie Chambers hit one home run in Game 13, one home run in Game 14, and two home runes in Game 15.
  • Multi-home run games, Series (total), 4 - new record, surpassing former record of one (Gutierrez in 1992, Collins in 1999, & Enea in 2008)
  • Multi-home run games, Series (team), 2 by UCLA - new record, surpassing former record of one (UCLA in 1992, Arizona in 1999, Florida in 2008)
  • Home runs, Series (team), 14 by UCLA - new record
Samantha Camuso hit UCLA's 14th home run of the Series in Game 15.
  • Home runs, Series (total), 35 - new record, surpassing former record of 24 (2009)
K'Lee Arredondo hit the 24th home run of the Series in Game 13
Megan Langenfeld hit the 25th home run of the Series in Game 14.
Stacie Chambers hit the 35th home run of the Series in Game 15.
  • RBI, Series (individual), 11 - new record, surpassing former record of 7 (Niki Williams in 2009)
In Game 15, Andrea Harrison hit a grand slam to collect her 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th RBI
  • Runs, Series (total), 141 - new record, surpassing former record of 120 (2010)
In Game 15, UCLA scored the Tournament's 120th, 121st, 122nd and 123rd runs in a 4-run second inning, while Arizona scored the Tournament's 141st run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Championship Game records[edit]

  • Home runs (total), 7 by UCLA and Arizona (4 and 3 in Game 2) - new record, surpassing former record of 3
  • Grand slams (individual), 1 (Andrea Harrison in Game 2) - new record
  • Grand slams (team), 1 (UCLA in Game 2) - new record
  • Runs (team), 15 by UCLA (Game 2) - new record, surpassing former record of 11 (ASU, 2008 Game 2)
  • Runs (total), 24 by UCLA and Arizona (15 and 9 in Game 2) - new record, surpassing former record of 19
  • Hits (team), 19 by UCLA (Game 2) - new record, surpassing former record of 17 (Iowa, 27 May 1995)
  • RBI (team), 15 by UCLA (Game 2) - new record, surpassing former record of 11 (ASU, 2008 Game 2)

Note: The above records exclude those of the pre-NCAA Women's College World Series of 1969 through 1981.

Post-Series Notes[edit]

Megan Langenfeld was unanimously voted the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. She batted .705, going 12-for-17 with four home runs and nine RBIs, as well as reaching base in 18 of 23 plate appearances for an OBP of .782 with four walks and two hit by pitch.[4]

See also[edit]

2010 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament

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