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USF Bulls to face Oklahoma Sooners in first softball College World Series appearance

The USF softball team now heads to Oklahoma City for its first College World Series appearance knowing its opening opponent: Oklahoma.

The first-timer Bulls (50-12), led by former Pinellas Park High pitcher Sara Nevin, play the Sooners (50-8), who are making their seventh appearance, in the CWS opener at 1 p.m. Thursday (ESPN2). The Sooners are led by pitcher Keilani Ricketts, who struck out 13 in a 7-1 super regional win Saturday against Arizona.

USF leads OU 3-2 all time.

The USF-Oklahoma winner will play the winner of the other Bracket 1 opener, LSU (39-23) or No. 1 national seed Cal (56-5), at 7 p.m. Friday. The losers of Thursday's first games play an elimination game at noon Saturday.

Tennessee faces Alabama and Oregon takes on Arizona State in Bracket 2 play Thursday.

NCAA Lacrosse: Northwestern (21-2) won its seventh women's national championship in the past eight seasons, beating Syracuse 8-6 in Stony Brook, N.Y. Syracuse, which ousted Florida in the semifinals, finished 19-4.

Meanwhile, Florida junior goalie Mikey Meagher was named SynapseSports.com's goalie of the year. She was named to the national organization's first-team All-America squad, along with teammates Brittany Dashiell and Sam Farrell.

NCAA Tennis: Florida's Allie Will lost her singles national semifinal 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Stanford's third-ranked Nicole Gibbs in Athens, Ga. Gibbs advances to today's final against her teammate, fifth-ranked Mallory Burdette, who ousted Cal's Zsofi Susanyi 6-2, 6-2.

Basketball: The Gators received a commitment from South Carolina transfer Damontre Harris (6 feet 9, 225 pounds), who chose Florida over Kansas, ESPN.com reported.

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College World Series

What: Double-elimination bracket play, then best-of-three championship series for final eight teams

When/where: Play begins 1 p.m. Thursday (USF vs. Oklahoma, ESPN2); ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City

TV: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU

Others in field: Alabama, Arizona State, California, LSU, Oregon and Tennessee

USF Bulls to face Oklahoma Sooners in first softball College World Series appearance 05/27/12 [Last modified: Monday, May 28, 2012 12:49am]

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