2010 Women's College World Series
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).
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."
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. 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."
|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
(1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2007)
|Florida||Southeastern||48-8 (20-4)||Tim Walton||3
|Georgia||Southeastern||48-11 (18-8)||Lu Harris-Champer||2
|Hawaii||WAC||49-15 (19-1)||Bob Coolen||1||-||-|
|Missouri||Big 12||56-11 (11-7)||Ehren Earleywine||5
|Tennessee||Southeastern||47-13 (17-8)||Ralph Weekly
|UCLA||Pacific-10||45-11 (14-7)||Kelly Inouye-Perez||25
(1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2003, 2004)
|Washington||Pacific-10||50-7 (17-4)||Heather Tarr||9
† Excludes results of the pre-NCAA Women's College World Series of 1969 through 1981.
2010 Women's College World Series bracket - Double Elimination
|First round||Second round||Semifinals||Finals|
|June 3, 2010||Game 1||Hawai'i||3-2||Missouri||Alexandra Aguirre and Traci Yoshikawa homered for HI
Rhea Taylor homered for MO
|Florida||Andrea Harrison homered twice and
Megan Langenfeld homered for UCLA
|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|
|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
|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
|UCLA Bruins||Julie Burney (3B)||3-5 3RBIs HR K|
|Arizona Wildcats||Stacie Chambers (C)||2-3 4RBIs 2HRs BB K|
|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|
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
- "UCLA Powers Its Way To 11th National Title, Rout Arizona 15-9," 8 June 2010
- 6-3-10 NCAA on Illegal Pitches, Dee Abrahamson
- "Arizona's Candrea slams WCWS umps," 4 June 2010
- "UCLA Powers Its Way To 11th National Title, Rout Arizona 15-9," 8 June 2010