Whether it’s due to proximity or tradition, NCAA softball rivalries take shape across the country. Here are the top five:
5. Louisiana vs. LSU
4. Washington vs. Oregon
3. Northwestern vs. Michigan
Northwestern is a top-tier program, but over the past 20 years, the Wildcats have taken a backseat to the Wolverines. Northwestern has reached the NCAA tournament 11 times since 2000 but has only won the Big Ten championship twice in that time period. The Wildcats are always out to take that top spot from Michigan, making this the best game you’ll see around the Great Lakes.
2. Alabama vs. Oklahoma
The Sooners have made 15 Women’s College World Series appearances in their illustrious history and are the two-time defending champs heading into 2018.
Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide have been rolling through the SEC for years. Alabama has never had a losing season since its inception in 1997.
1. UCLA vs. Arizona
Pac-12 foes UCLA and Arizona have combined for 20 national titles and have appeared in the Women’s College World Series championship final a combined seven times. Under head coach Mike Candrea, the Wildcats have won more than 1,600 games in 31 seasons. Kelly Inouye-Perez is in her 12th season at the helm for the Bruins and in 2010 she led UCLA to its 12 national title.