Live Thread: Mizzou vs. Iowa in NCAA Softball

Figured I may as well get this started.  As we wait for Mizzou-Iowa to start at 1pm (Mizzou's got two chances to win once), I thought we'd take a look at the scores and brackets from the other regionals.

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We'll just go straight down the bracket, pointing out the Big 12 teams along the way.  In most of these regions, you'll see that one team is 2-0 and one is 2-1.  Obviously that means that the 2-1 team has to beat the 2-0 team twice to advance.


#1 Florida (2-0) is taking care of business, having given up only two runs in two games.  UCF (2-1) awaits today.  The Golden Knight...ettes have to win twice to move on.  UF beat UCF 3-0 yesterday.


#16 Fresno State (2-1), the lowest of the seeds, slipped up yesterday to Cal (2-0).  They assured themselves another shot at the Lady Bears by eliminating San Diego State last night.


UL-Lafayette (2-0) sprung an upset yesterday, knocking off #9 LSU (2-1).  LSU eliminated ECU last night, so ULL will have to do take out the Lady Tigers one more time today to advance.


Texas didn't make much noise here...they lost to Washington, eliminated Delaware State, and lost to Washington again.  UW (2-1) faces #8 Houston (2-0) today.


#5 Texas A&M (2-0) is TCB'ing in a major way, coasting through two shutouts over SFA and Louisiana Tech (2-1).  The Lady Techsters will need to figure out how to score to have a chance of advancing.


#12 Stanford (2-0) had to go cross-country for their regional, but jet lag is making no impact.  They'll face host UMass (2-1) again today after defeating them 3-0 yesterday.


Virginia Tech (2-0) beat #13 Tennessee (2-1) 4-0 on a grand slam yesterday, and they'll have to knock off the home team one more time today to advance.


#4 Michigan's (2-0) offense has been pumping along, scoring 21 runs in two games.  They'll face Kent State (2-1), who upset (I guess) Notre Dame yesterday.


#3 Alabama has already advanced.  Their region started on Thursday, and they quickly plowed through Chattanooga and Jacksonville State (twice).


We know all about this one.  Mizzou (2-0) has a golden opportunity in front of them.  They beat #14 LBSU yesterday, and then the Lady Dirt Bags got eliminated by host Iowa (2-1) last night.  Granted, Iowa will have a home field advantage, but Mizzou just needs to split to advance today.


#11 Northwestern (2-0) has outscored Western Illinois and DePaul 12-0 so far, and they need to just beat DePaul (2-1) one more time today.


#6 Arizona State (2-0) has also had little trouble this weekend, outscoring Stony Brook and Hawaii 12-0.  They face Hawaii (2-1) again today.


So uhh...I'm not sure how or why #7 Arizona isn't hosting this region.  Instead, it's Hofstra...which is awesome.  And apparently Arizona (2-0) has taken this slight personally--they beat Canisius 11-0 and Hofstra 10-0 yesterday.  Friday games were postponed, I assume due to rain, so they're a little behind.  Canisius (1-1) and Hofstra (1-1) are playing right now (Hofstra leads 5-1 in the 7th) for the right to get pounded again by Arizona.


#10 Oklahoma (2-0) sits in good shape after slipping by Arkansas 6-5 yesterday.  Arkansas was eliminated by Oregon (2-1) last night, leaving OU with a chance to avenge that football screwjob of 2006 by pounding the Lady Ducks today.


This region also started on Thursday.  #15 Georgia was sent to Chapel Hill, but the host Lady Tar Heels crapped themselves, losing to BYU and Campbell and bowing out quickly.  That left Georgia to coast through easy wins over Campbell and BYU (twice).


Wins over CS-Fullerton (score: 8-3) and Nevada (6-4) have left #2 UCLA in good position to advance, needing only a second win over Nevada, who put up a pretty decent fight yesterday.


So...if all the 2-0 teams advance (they won't), we'll be looking at the following Super Regional matchups...

#1 Florida vs California
#8 Houston vs UL-Lafayette
#5 Texas A&M vs #12 Stanford
#4 Michigan vs Virginia Tech
#6 Arizona State vs #11 Northwestern
#3 Alabama vs Missouri
#7 Arizona vs #10 Oklahoma
#2 UCLA vs #15 Georgia

Missouri is one of four unseeded teams to sit at 2-0 at the moment, and 3 of the 4 qualifying teams from the Big 12 are in a decent position to advance.  So there you go.  Mizzou-Iowa starts at 1pm.

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