No. 12 LSU
At-large bid, Southeastern Conference
Scouting report: The dynamic duo of pitchers Carley Hoover (16-6, 1.26 ERA, 174 strikeouts) and Allie Walljasper (16-5, 1.00 ERA, 125 strikeouts) in the circle is the driving force behind LSU’s latest attempt at returning to the Women’s College World Series after reaching the Oklahoma City the past three years. While the offense has been inconsistent — and at times downright anemic — first baseman Amanda Doyle (.335, 58 hits, 7 home runs, 44 RBIs) has proven to be a clutch hitter with five game-winning hits in the final at-bat.
No. 21 UL-Lafayette
At-large bid, Sun Belt Conference
Scouting report: The Cajuns return to Baton Rouge for the second straight year with ace Summer Ellyson (21-8, 1.43 ERA, 199 strikeouts) doing most of the heavy lifting in the circle. Shortstop Alissa Dalton (68 hits, three home runs, 30 RBIs) is the team’s best hitter as the 11th toughest player in the country to strike out while pacing the Cajuns with a .376 average.
At-large bid, American Athletic Conference
Scouting report: Making its first NCAA regional appearance since 2014, Houston is similar to the other teams in Baton Rouge in that the team is mostly carried by its pitching. Savannah Heebner (25-9, 220.2 innings pitched, 145 strikeouts) appeared in 40 games this year. Her 1.17 ERA is 17th in the country and her 12 shutouts rank fourth. Third baseman Sarah Queen (.366, 10 home runs, 37 RBIs) and second baseman Arielle James (.363, 27 RBIs) led the AAC’s third-best offense.
Conference champion, Atlantic 10
Scouting report: The Rams won their sixth Atlantic 10 championship in a row to book their ticket back to the NCAA regionals. They’ll be one of the few teams in Baton Rouge to bring the power offense behind Paige Rauch (.311, 16 HRs, 44 RBIs) and Skylar Johnston’s (12 doubles, 14 HRs, 39 RBIs). Fordham offense averages a regional-best 5.46 runs per game.