Thursday, February 22, 2007

Another big weekend's coming up on the college softball scene.

The Palm Springs tournament will feature six of the eight teams from last year's NCAA Women's College World Series, including the Nos. 1 and 2 teams from the latest USA Today/NFCA Poll, Tennessee (9-0) and Arizona State (13-0). The only missing teams from last series WCWS are Arizona and Alabama.

Twenty-five teams in all will be in Palm Springs. Oregon State, one of the participants, has put together a nice information sheet for the tournament, including a comprehensive schedule if you scroll down a bit after the new page comes up.

Meanwhile, the Nos. 3 and 4 teams in the aforementioned poll, Texas A&M (10-0) and Arizona (9-2), will be playing each other in a three-game series in Tucson. The Aggies have already beaten the Wildcats once this season, a squeaker in the Kajikawa Classic (see the summary of that tournament several entries down).

Both the Palm Springs tournament and the Texas A&M-Arizona series are getting a lot of discussion on the Ultimate College Softball boards (see link in the right-hand column).