Five Softball Factory alumnae are represented in the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series. The eight-team tournament in Oklahoma City, OK, will begin today. Of the alumnae, the most notable are members of the Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma Sooners.
In her first year of collegiate softball, Fale Aviu (’15) is not just one of the best players for the Oklahoma Sooners, but one of the best players in the Big 12 Conference.
Entering the College World Series, the freshman outfielder has started in 55 of 59 games for the Sooners, while finishing fourth on the team and 10th in the conference in batting average at .364. Aviu smacked eight doubles and eight home runs in 154 plate appearances, while driving in 47 runs, which is second best on the team.
So far in five postseason games for the Sooners, Aviu is 7-for-15 with four runs scored, three RBI and a double. Oklahoma went 52-7 in the regular season and 17-1 in Big XII play; the Sooners take a 27-game winning streak into the school’s 10th WCWS appearance. Softball Factory saw Aviu at a November 2014 Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Fresno, CA.
Another Oklahoma Sooner, Lea Wodach (’14), is in her second season as a contributor for the perennial Big 12-champion Sooners.
Last season, the catcher/outfielder posted a .297/.341/.541 slash line in 45 games and 20 starts. She hit three doubles and five home runs in 68 at-bats, including a grand slam in an NCAA Regional win against Central Arkansas. This season, Wodach is the primary catcher for the Sooners and has 11 doubles and seven home runs on the season.
In the first five games of the Sooners’ postseason, which is the team’s 23rd straight postseason appearance, Wodach is 5-for-14 with a double, a triple and four RBI. Oklahoma is pursuing its second WCWS title in the last four years, as the Sooners won it back in 2013.
Softball Factory coaches saw Wodach at the Ryan Lemmon Softball Showcase in June 2011. The No. 3-seeded Sooners will take on No. 6 seed Alabama today at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
The only team in the College World Series with a higher seed than Oklahoma is No. 2 overall seed Michigan.
As a freshman Wolverines, Katie Alexander is the backup catcher for the Big 10 champions. In 13 games, Alexander hit .273 with a home run and six RBI. The Wolverines are 51-5 heading into the team’s 12th WCWS appearance.
The two-time Michigan All-State selection in 2014 and 2015 attended an October 2012 Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Waterford Township (Detroit), MI. Michigan will take on the 10th-seeded LSU Tigers tonight at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Rachel Garcia (’15) and Hope Smith (’15) play for WCWS participants UCLA and Auburn, respectively.
Garcia, who graduated from Highland High School in Palmdale, CA, is a pitcher for the Bruins. UCLA enters the WCWS as the No. 12 seed with a 40-14-1 record. Softball Factory saw Garcia at a November 2014 National Tryout in Fresno, CA.
Smith appeared in eight games for the Tigers and scored four runs as a pinch runner. Softball Factory coaches saw her at the 2014 Under Armour Softball Factory 18U Summer Showcase. The No. 4-overall seed Auburn Tigers carry a 54-10 record into the WCWS. UCLA takes on Auburn at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The eight-team Women’s College World Series will end on June 7, with the if-necessary date set for June 8.