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.