The Arizona Wildcats have known since clinching their spot in the Women’s College World Series that they will face the Oklahoma State Cowgirls. Both teams were the first to punch their tickets to Oklahoma City. Now they know when they will play and how their fans will be able to watch.
The Wildcats and Cowgirls will watch the action all day Thursday, June 2 before playing the final game of the day at 6:30 p.m. MST/PDT. The game will air on ESPN.
This gives Arizona even more time to prepare. The Wildcats have not returned to Tucson since leaving for their May 20 game at the Columbia Regional. After winning in Missouri and learning their next stop was the Starkville Super Regional, the team headed straight for Mississippi. Their sweep of the Bulldogs was followed by a charter straight to Oklahoma City.
UA and OSU are each of the three teams in their conference participating in the WCWS. The Pac-12 also sends UCLA and Oregon State. Texas and Oklahoma join OSU from the Big 12. A Big Ten team and an SEC team round out the field.
The opener at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium will feature fifth-seeded UCLA taking on unranked Texas at 9 a.m. MST/PDT on ESPN.
9 Northwestern, who became the last team to earn their ticket by beating ASU in Game 3 in Tempe on Sunday, will face top-seeded Oklahoma at 11:30 a.m. MST/PDT on ESPN in Game 2 of the WCWS.
Game 3 features unranked Oregon State making its first WCWS appearance since 2006. The Beavers knocked out the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford to advance to their second WCWS in program history. They will face No. 14 seed Florida at 4 p.m. MST/PDT on ESPN.
If Arizona beats Oklahoma State, the Wildcats will play again Friday at 6:30 p.m. MST/PDT. They would face the winner of the game between Oregon State and Florida.
If the Wildcats lose Thursday, they’ll play again Saturday at 4 p.m. MST/PDT. In this case, they would face the loser of the Beavers vs Gators game.
Keep an eye out for our coverage of Oklahoma City and a big thank you to the readers and supporters who helped make this coverage possible by donate for travel expenses.