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NCAA Softball World Series 2011 Preview: Cal vs. Oklahoma State

The California Golden Bears softball team is hanging on the precipice after a 1-0 defeat to the Alabama Crimson Tide. In the double elimination tournament format, Cal is only afforded two losses before they get sent home, and the Bears will most likely have to win four in a row, all this weekend. With only one reliable pitcher in Jolene Henderson, Cal will likely need more than pitching to get to the Finals.

Cal will particularly need to get their bats going against Oklahoma State. The Bears aren't known for power hitting, but they do have enough power from players like Jace Williams and Britt Vonk to get their offense going. They'll need a lot of it to ensure a decisive victory over a Cowboys squad that also has very good pitching. Both teams are practically mirror images of each other, meaning we could have another low-scoring affair Saturday in Oklahoma City.

The game will be the first matchup of the day and will be broadcast on ESPN in HD and will also be available via live online stream at ESPN3.

For more on the Bears, check out California Golden Blogs. For more on the Cowboys, check out Cowboys Ride For Free.