2012 Women's College World Series

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The 2012 Women's College World Series was played from May 31 through June 6, 2012 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Eight NCAA Division I college softball teams who advanced through a 64-team bracket competed in the double-elimination tournament. The official host for the event was the University of Oklahoma. The ESPN Networks televised all games with Beth Mowins, Pam Ward, Jessica Mendoza, Michele Mary Smith and Holly Rowe serving as announcers for the Tournament. The University of Alabama won the national championship.

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach WCWS Appearances†
(including 2012 WCWS)
WCWS Best Finish† WCWS W-L Record†
(excluding 2012 WCWS)
Alabama Southeastern 55–7 (19–6) Patrick Murphy 8
(last: 2011)
3rd
(2008, 2009, 2011)
8–14
Arizona State Pacific-12 51–9 (18–4) Clint Myers 10
(last: 2011)
1st
(2008, 2011)
16–14
California Pacific-12 56–5 (21–3) Diane Ninemire 12
(last: 2011)
1st
(2002)
19–19
LSU Southeastern 39–23 (15–13) Beth Torina 3
(last: 2004)
3rd
(2001, 2004)
5–4
Oklahoma Big 12 50–8 (19–5) Patty Gasso 7
(last: 2011)
1st
(2000)
7–10
Oregon Pacific-12 44–16 (16–8) Mike White 2
(last: 1989)
5th
(1989)
1–2
South Florida Big East 50–12 (17–5) Ken Erickson 1
(last: – )

()
0–0
Tennessee Southeastern 52–12 (22–6) Ralph Weekly/ Karen Weekly 5
(last: 2010)
2nd
(2007)
12–8

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

Bracket[edit]

2012 Women's College World Series bracket - Double Elimination[edit]

All times are Central Time Zone

  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                           
1  California 5  
 LSU 3  
  1  California 0  
  4  Oklahoma 3  
4  Oklahoma 5
 South Florida 1  
  4  Oklahoma 5 -  
  3  Arizona State 3 -  
 LSU 1  
 South Florida 0  
   LSU 0
  3  Arizona State 6  
  4  Oklahoma 4 6 4
  2  Alabama 1 8 5
3  Arizona State 3  
11  Oregon 1  
  3  Arizona State 1
  2  Alabama 2  
2  Alabama 5
7  Tennessee 3  
  2  Alabama 5 -
  1  California 2 -  
11  Oregon 3  
7  Tennessee 1  
  11  Oregon 3
  1  California 6  

Game Results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Attendance Notes
May 31, 2012 Game 1 Oklahoma 5–1 South Florida 8,149 Lauren Chamberlain homered in the 4th inning to give Oklahoma the lead in their first WCWS win since 2004.
Game 2 California 5–3 LSU After falling behind 2-0, Cal rallied and finally took the lead with a 3-run 6th inning.
Game 3 Alabama 5–3 Tennessee 8,235 Alabama took control early with 4 runs in the 1st inning en route to Jackie Traina's 38th victory of the season, tying the school's single-season mark.
Game 4 Arizona State 3–1 Oregon Both pitchers were effective; a costly 2-run error by Oregon was the difference.
June 1, 2012 Game 5 Oklahoma 3–0 California 9,209 Keilani Ricketts struck out 16 batters in a two-hit shutout.
Game 6 Alabama 2–1 Arizona State An 11-strikeout performance from Jackie Traina and a game-clinching solo home run in the 6th inning from senior Amanda Locke propelled Alabama to their fourth straight semifinals. With the victory, Traina took sole possession of Alabama's single-season record for wins.
June 2, 2012 Game 7 LSU 1–0 South Florida 8,504 LSU's A.J. Andrews scored the game's only run on a sacrifice popup to the shortstop.
Game 8 Oregon 3–1 Tennessee
Game 9 Arizona State 6–0 LSU 9,310 ASU's Alix Johnson and Sam Parlich combined for five RBIs.
Game 10 California 6–3 Oregon
June 3, 2012 Game 11 Oklahoma 5–3 Arizona State
Game 12 Alabama 5–2 California Jackie Traina, Kaila Hunt and Jazlyn Lunceford each hit solo home runs for Alabama. Alabama scored in every inning except for the first inning.
June 4, 2012 Finals Game 1 Oklahoma 4–1 Alabama
June 5, 2012 Finals Game 2 Alabama 8–6 Oklahoma
June 6, 2012 Finals Game 3 Alabama 5–4 Oklahoma After trailing 3-0, Alabama scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th, one before and three after a thirteen-minute rain delay, to take the lead. Alabama wins 2012 WCWS.

Championship Game[edit]

School Top Batter Stats.
Alabama Crimson Tide Amanda Locke (DP) 2-3 RBI
Oklahoma Sooners Lauren Chamberlain (1B) 2-3 3RBIs 2HRs BB
School Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
Alabama Crimson Tide Jackie Traina 7.0 5 4 4 3 6 27 31
Oklahoma Sooners Keilani Ricketts 6.0 7 5 3 2 7 26 28

Final standings[edit]

Place School WCWS Record
1st Alabama 5–1
2nd Oklahoma 4–2
3rd Cal 2–2
Arizona State 2–2
5th LSU 1–2
Oregon 1–2
7th South Florida 0–2
Tennessee 0–2

All-Tournament Team[edit]

  • Amber Freeman, Arizona State
  • Samantha Pappas, Oregon
  • Alexa Peterson, Oregon
  • Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma
  • Destinee Martinez, Oklahoma
  • Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma
  • Jessica Shults, Oklahoma
  • Brianna Turang, Oklahoma
  • Kayla Braud, Alabama
  • Jennifer Fenton, Alabama
  • Amanda Locke, Alabama
  • Jackie Traina, Alabama (Most Valuable Player)

WCWS Records[edit]

Post-Series Notes[edit]

Jackie Traina was named the Women's College World Series MVP. Traina pitched 42 innings, surrendering 18 earned runs on 35 hits and 24 walks while striking out 45 to lead Alabama to its first national softball title. It was also the first national softball title for the SEC.

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