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2021 NCAA Softball Super Regionals Preview

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Norman Super Regional: (1) Oklahoma v. (16) Washington

How Oklahoma Got Here: Won Norman Regional (19-0 v. Morgan State, 7-5 v. Wichita State, 24-7 v. Wichita State)

How Washington Got Here: Won Seattle Regional (3-0 v. Portland State, 1-2 v. Michigan, 2-0 v. Michigan, 10-5 v. Michigan)

Three Key Oklahoma Players: Utility Jocelyn Alo, Second baseman Tiare Jennings, Center fielder Jayda Coleman

Three Key Players: Pitcher Gabbie Plain, Shortstop Sis Bates, Infielder Baylee Klingler

Biggest Question: How good can Gabbie Plain be against Oklahoma’s historic lineup?

Schedule:

Friday, May 28 (3:00 PM EST, ESPN2)

Saturday, May 29 (3:00 PM EST, ABC)

Sunday, May 30 (4:00 PM EST, ESPN)

Columbia Super Regional: (8) Missouri v. James Madison

How Missouri Got Here: Won Columbia Regional (8-0 v. UIC, 4-0 v. Northern Iowa, 5-0 v. Iowa State)

How JMU Got Here: Won Knoxville Regional (4-3 v. Liberty, 3-1 v. Tennessee, 8-5 v. Liberty)

Three Key Missouri Players: Catcher Hatti Moore, Shortstop Jenna Laird, Third baseman Kim Wert

Three Key JMU Players: Pitcher/Utility Odicci Alexander, Left fielder Kate Gordon, Shortstop Sara Jubas

Biggest Question: Can Odicci Alexander prevent Missouri’s home run hitters from leaving the yard?

Schedule:

Friday, May 28 (9:00 PM EST, ESPNU)

Saturday, May 29 (7:00 PM EST, ESPN2)

Sunday, May 30 (TBD)

Stillwater Super Regional: (5) Oklahoma State v. (12) Texas

How Oklahoma State Got Here: Won Stillwater Regional (10-0 v. Campbell, 9-3 v. Mississippi State, 10-2 v. Mississippi State)

How Texas Got Here: Won Austin Regional (12-0 v. St. Francis (PA), 6-0 v. Texas State, 2-3 v. Oregon, 1-0 v. Oregon)

Three Key Oklahoma State Players: Pitcher Carrie Eberle, First baseman Alysen Febrey, Shortstop Kiley Naomi

Three Key Texas Players: Second baseman Janae Jefferson, Outfielder Shannon Rhodes, Pitcher Shea O’Leary

Biggest Question: Which team will play better defense?

Schedule:

Friday, May 28 (5:00 PM EST, ESPN2)

Saturday, May 29 (4:00 PM EST, ESPN)

Sunday, May 30 (6:00 PM EST, ESPNU)

Gainesville Super Regional: (4) Florida v. Georgia

How Florida Got Here: Won Gainesville Regional (1-0 v. South Florida, 10-0 v. South Alabama, 8-0 v. South Florida)

How Georgia Got Here: Won Athens Regional (11-3 v. Western Kentucky, 1-0 v. Duke, 10-9 v. Duke)

Three Key Florida Players: Second baseman Hannah Adams, Third baseman Charla Echols, Pitcher Elizabeth Hightower

Three Key Georgia Players: Pitcher Mary Wilson Avant, First baseman Lacey Fincher, Second baseman Sydney Kuma

Biggest Question: Can Mary Wilson Avant be consistent through the entire weekend for Georgia?

Schedule:

Friday, May 28 (5:00 PM EST, ESPNU)

Saturday, May 29 (12:00 PM EST, ESPN)

Sunday, May 30 (12:00 PM EST, ESPN)

Tuscaloosa Super Regional: (3) Alabama v. (14) Kentucky

How Alabama Got Here: Won Tuscaloosa Regional (9-0 v. Alabama State, 6-0 v. Clemson, 5-0 v. Clemson)

How Got Kentucky Here: Won Lexington Regional (3-2 v. Northwestern, 1-12 v. Notre Dame, 7-2 v. Northwestern, 7-0 v. Notre Dame, 4-0 v. Notre Dame)

Three Key Alabama Players: Pitcher Montana Fouts, Catcher Bailey Hemphill, Outfielder Alexis Mack

Three Key Kentucky Players: Catcher Kayla Kowalik, Shortstop Erin Coffel, Pitcher/Utility Autumn Humes

Biggest Question: Can Kentucky’s offense find any success against the red-hot Montana Fouts?

Schedule:

Friday, May 28 (1:00 PM EST, ESPN2)

Saturday, May 29 (2:00 PM EST, ESPN)

Sunday, May 30 (4:00 PM EST, ESPNU)

Fayetteville Super Regional: (6) Arkansas v. (11) Arizona

How Arkansas Got Here: Won Fayetteville Regional (8-0 v. Manhattan, 4-0 South Dakota State, 7-3 v. Stanford)

How Arizona Got Here: Won Tucson Regional (7-0 v. UMBC, 12-6 v. Ole Miss, 12-6 v. Ole Miss)

Three Key Arkansas Players: Shortstop Braxton Burnside, Pitcher Mary Haff, Utility Lennie Malkin

Three Key Arizona Players: Catcher Dejah Mulipola, Shortstop Jessie Harper, Outfielder Janelle Meoño

Biggest Question: Can Arizona’s pitching hold up against the Bogle Bombers?

Schedule:

Friday, May 28 (7:00 PM EST, ESPNU)

Saturday, May 29 (5:00 PM EST, ESPN2)

Sunday, May 30 (9:00 PM EST, ESPN2)

Baton Rouge Super Regional: (7) LSU v. (10) Florida State

How LSU Got Here: Won Baton Rouge Regional (10-2 v. McNeese State, 10-3 v. Louisiana, 0-2 v. Louisiana, 8-5 v. Louisiana)

How Florida State Got Here: Won Tallahassee Regional (6-2 v. Kennesaw State, 3-0 v. UCF, 2-0 v. UCF)

Three Key LSU Players: Shortstop Taylor Pleasants, Center fielder Aliyah Andrews, Pitcher Ali Kilponen

Three Key Florida State Players: Pitcher Kathryn Sandercock, Third baseman Sydney Sherrill, Pitcher Caylan Arnold

Biggest Question: Which lineup can sustain more success through the weekend?

Schedule:

Thursday, May 27 (7:00 PM EST, ESPN)

Friday, May 28 (7:00 PM EST, ESPN2)

Saturday, May 29 (7:00 PM EST, ESPN2)

Los Angeles Super Regional: (2) UCLA v. Virginia Tech

How UCLA Got Here: Won Los Angeles Regional (8-0 v. Long Beach State, 5-4 v. Fresno State, 2-1 v. Minnesota)

How Virginia Tech Got Here: Won Tempe Regional (5-2 v. BYU, 8-2 v. Arizona State, 11-3 v. BYU)

Three Key UCLA Players: Pitcher/Utility Rachel Garcia, Pitcher Megan Faraimo, Shortstop Briana Perez

Three Key Virginia Tech Players: Pitcher Keely Rochard, Shortstop Kelsey Bennett, Left fielder Kelsey Brown

Biggest question: Can the Virginia Tech lineup produce enough offense against Rachel Garcia and Megan Faraimo?

Schedule:

Thursday, May 27 (9:30 PM EST, ESPN)

Friday, May 28 (9:30 PM EST, ESPN2)

Saturday, May 29 (9:30 PM EST, ESPN2)

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