The 2011 Women's College World Series gets underway, on Thursday, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. View a preview, courtesy of Amy Hughes, of, below.

Alabama is searching for their first-ever national championship

School: Alabama
Nickname: Crimson Tide
City: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Conference: Southeastern
Record (NCAA selection): 51-9 (at-large, SEC regular-season champions)
Coach (record): Patrick Murphy (713-188 in 14 years overall, 682-208 in 13 years at UA)
NCAA appearances: 13
WCWS appearances (titles in bold): 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011