Texas faces rematch vs. Stanford to advance to WCWS final

The Women's College World Series semifinal matchup is set between No. 1 Texas and No. 8 Stanford on June 3.
Katie Stewart, Texas softball
Katie Stewart, Texas softball / Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 1 overall seed, Texas softball, and head coach Mike White are just one game away from reaching the Women's College World Series final for the second time in three years. The last time Texas was in the WCWS final was in 2022, when it fell short of the No. 1 seed at the time, the Oklahoma Sooners, for the national championship.

No. 1 Texas softball to battle No. 8 Stanford in Women's College World Series semifinal

Standing in the way of the Women's College World Series final for the Longhorns is a rematch against the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal on June 3. Texas defeated Stanford in the tournament opener 4-0, thanks to a one-hit shutout from freshman Teagan Kavan.

If the Longhorns defeat Stanford on June 3, White's squad will punch their ticket to the Women's College World Series final. However, if Texas falters against the Cardinal on June 3, that sets up a winner-take-all scenario where the victor advances to the WCWS final in the second leg of back-to-back games on Monday night in Oklahoma City, OK.

None of the competition Texas has faced in the WCWS thus far has posed much of a challenge. The Longhorns starting pitchers have dominated the competition, with Kavan and Mac Morgan boasting shutouts against Stanford and the No. 4 Florida Gators in the WCWS's first two games.

Morgan pitched a one-hit shutout while Texas dismantled Florida in a 10-0 run-rule victory in five innings in its winners' bracket game in the WCWS on June 1.

At this point of the WCWS, it feels inevitable that the Longhorns and rival Oklahoma Sooners are on a collision course for the final. Like Texas, Oklahoma is just one win away from punching its ticket to the WCWS final.

If Texas and Oklahoma emerge victories in their upcoming contests in the WCWS on June 3, it will officially set the stage for a Red River final for the first time since 2022.

The first pitch time between Texas and Stanford in the first of two potential winners' bracket games in the WCWS on side 1 is 6 p.m. CT at OGE Field at Devon Park in OKC on June 3. If Stanford forces a do-or-die scenario against Texas tonight, the second of the two games will begin at 8:30 p.m. CT on June 3.

You can follow the live updating bracket for the Women's College World Series on NCAA.com here.

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