OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (WAFB) - James Madison softball coach Mickey Dean, whose team lost a heart-breaking Super Regional to LSU last weekend, said the Tigers or virtually any of the eight teams in Oklahoma City could walk away with this year's WCWS championship.
Georgia, which has former LSU pitcher Rachele Fico on its coaching staff and senior catcher Katie Browne from Zachary in its lineup, paved the way for the rest of the field when the Bulldogs eliminated No.1 seed and two-time defending champion Florida in its Super Regional and followed it up by knocking off No.8 seed Florida State 5-4 on Thursday.
When WAFB's Jacques Doucet caught up with Dean at Hall of Fame Stadium, he predicted an intriguing competition over the next six days.
"I'll tell you what, I think the field's wide open," Dean said. "You can't say that every year here, but for LSU, it's playing fundamentally sound defense. I think if they do that, they're going to find a way."