Before many of the super regionals even began, Washington was putting the finishing touches on a 1-0 victory against Missouri, advancing the Huskies to the Women's College World Series.
Few expected Florida to do much this season, but the youthful Gators have used discipline at the plate to their advantage. The question is, will it get the No. 2 seed to Oklahoma City?
Point guard Lindsey Moore excels at putting the ball in the right place. But she also has learned that sometimes, it means keeping it in her own hands for the shot.
Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults were on the wrong side of Jackie Traina in last month's WCWS championship series, but the trio now finds itself playing for a common cause while wearing the red, white and blue.
With softball out of the Olympics, Team USA has a different feel. Tennessee star Lauren Gibson is among a slew of college stars leading the way with the world championships on the horizon.
Alabama hasn't been around long, but it's come close to softball's big prize a few times. Wednesday was its breakthrough as the Crimson Tide won the WCWS title over Oklahoma.
For the first time since 2007, there will be a winner-take-all Game 3. Alabama saw to that with an 8-6 win against Oklahoma.
It was billed as a duel of pitchers Keilani Ricketts of Oklahoma and Jackie Traina of Alabama. Yet both pitchers batted cleanup, and produced, for their respective teams.
The Crimson Tide's six seniors don't mind the underclassmen grabbing the headlines. They just want their share of a championship.
LSU loyalists bring a bit of the Bayou to Oklahoma City to support the Lady Tigers in their bid to win the Women's College World Series.
Oklahoma's California recruits and Alabama's Southern roots saw to it that no Pac-12 team made the championship series for the first time since 1986.
Oklahoma's ace has been good for some time. In the postseason, she is 7-0 with a 0.16 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 45 innings.
ASU's Hillary Bach didn't throw a pitch during the postseason a year ago. But with the season on the line Saturday, she delivered a shutout against LSU.
It's Cal versus Oklahoma and Alabama versus Arizona State as softball's top powers do battle in a day for the ages at the WCWS.
Lauren Chamberlain is part of a slamming trio in the heart of Oklahoma's lineup.
Starting with No. 1 Cal, here are the players to watch and storylines to follow at the Women's College World Series.