When Molly Fichtner transferred, Alabama got the catcher it needed and much more. Don't let her size fool you, she plays a big role for the Crimson Tide as a power hitter and sets an example of living, and thriving, with Type 1 diabetes.
Graham Hays knows this from Friday's super regional play: Florida State was able to put Thursday's 17-3 drubbing by Michigan behind it, coming back to win two games and advance to the Women's College World Series.
Arizona's eight national championships can be a weighty burden, so coaches are telling the Wildcats, our No. 7 team, to focus on the present. Of course, top-notch pitching makes doing that a lot easier.
Some things we know for certain -- Lauren Chamberlain will dominate, for instance. But in a softball season without a clear favorite team, it's only fitting that we begin by throwing out some questions.