Oklahoma snags the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship Sunday when the NCAA Division I Softball Committee announced the 64-team field. Oklahoma was the champion of the Big 12 Conference, and are 47-4 and will play Marist, an automatic qualifier from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Thirty-one conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 33 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. The top-16 teams were seeded nationally, each team that ranked in the top 16 will be a host.
How Were NCAA Softball Team Match-ups Chosen?
Team pairings were made by geographical proximity, however teams from the same conference were not paired during regional competition.
The Southeastern Conference led all conferences with 11 teams selected to the championship. The Pac-12 placed eight in the championship while the Big Ten Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA each had four qualifiers, respectively. Eight teams are making their initial appearances in the tournament: Pennsylvania, South Carolina-Upstate, Central Connecticut State, Marshall, Western Kentucky, IPFW, Hampton and Longwood.
Only 11 schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982, and nine are in this year’s bracket.
DATES, SITES, PAIRINGS for Softball RegionalsSource: NCAA.com
|Norman Regional – May 17-19 at Norman, Okla.|
|No. 1 seed Oklahoma* (47-4) vs. Marist (30-24)|
|Fordham (35-21) vs. Arkansas (34-18)|
|College Station Regional – May 17-19 at College Station, Texas|
|Baylor (39-15) vs. Arizona (32-24)|
|Penn (30-18) vs. No. 16 seed Texas A&M* (39-15)|
|Baton Rouge Regional – May 17-19 at Baton Rouge, La.|
|No. 9 seed LSU* (40-14) vs. Central Connecticut State (35-13)|
|Northwestern State (40-13) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (43-13)|
|Ann Arbor Regional – May 17-19 at Ann Arbor, Mich.|
|California (36-17) vs. Central Michigan (33-18)|
|Valparaiso (34-25) vs. No. 8 seed Michigan* (45-10)|
|Tempe Regional – May 17-19 at Tempe, Ariz.|
|No. 5 seed Arizona State* (45-10) vs. San Jose State (42-15)|
|Georgia (38-19) vs. San Diego State (35-18)|
|Lexington Regional – May 17-19 at Lexington, Ky.|
|Notre Dame (43-13) vs. Virginia Tech (35-19)|
|Marshall (35-20) vs. No. 12 seed Kentucky* (38-18)|
|Mobile Regional – May 17-19 at Mobile, Ala.|
|No. 13 seed South Alabama* (45-7) vs. Mississippi Valley (24-26)|
|Mississippi State (32-22) vs. Florida State (41-16)|
|Austin Regional – May 17-19 at Austin, Texas|
|Houston (40-18) vs. South Carolina (32-23)|
|Army (35-24) vs. No 4 seed Texas* (44-8)|
|Eugene Regional – May 16-18 at Eugene, Ore.|
|No. 3 seed Oregon* (46-9) vs. BYU (33-20)|
|North Carolina (39-19) vs. Wisconsin (42-11)|
|Lincoln Regional – May 17-19 at Lincoln, Neb.|
|Stanford (37-19) vs. Tulsa (42-14)|
|UNI (26-24) vs. No. 14 seed Nebraska* (40-13)|
|Washington Regional – May 17-19 at Seattle, Wash.|
|No. 11 seed Washington (38-15) vs. Portland State (25-29)|
|Minnesota (35-17) vs. Hawaii (43-11)|
|Columbia Regional – May 17-19 at Columbia, Mo.|
|Hofstra (43-11) vs. Oregon State (33-22)|
|Stony Brook (35-23) vs. No. 6 seed Missouri* (35-11)|
|Knoxville Regional – May 17-19 at Knoxville, Tenn.|
|No. 7 seed Tennessee* (44-10) vs. Longwood (35-17)|
|James Madison (41-15) vs. North Carolina State (33-18)|
|Tuscaloosa Regional – May 17-19 at Tuscaloosa, Ala.|
|Western Kentucky (41-16) vs. S.C. Upstate (41-10)|
|Jacksonville State (30-25) vs. No. 10 seed Alabama* (42-13)|
|Louisville Regional – May 17-19 at Louisville, Ky.|
|No. 15 seed Louisville* (46-11) vs. IPFW (32-14)|
|UAB (37-16) vs. UCLA (37-18)|
|Gainesville Regional – May 17-19 at Gainesville, Fla.|
|South Florida (43-14) vs. Georgia Southern (32-28)|
|Hampton (33-24) vs. No. 2 seed Florida* (52-7)|
|* Indicates host institution|
What to Expect for the NCAA Softball Championship: May 30-June 5 in Oklahoma CityThe championship will be three weekends of competition. Four teams will participate at each of 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. Sixteen teams were seeded and placed at one of the regional sites. For those of you who plan on making it out to a regional game, keep in mind that all eight regional sites will be televised on the ESPN family of networks.This is a tremendous step for girls softball and college softball. We highly recommend watching the regionals if you have a daughter who is interested in playing softball competitively, or coach a softball team.
Super Regionals May 23- 26th
The regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series that will be conducted May 23-26 at eight campus sites. For the fourth consecutive year, all Super Regional games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks.
WCWS Double Elimination Tournament May 30-June 5th
The remaining eight teams will advance to the WCWS, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The championship final will be a best-of-three-series. The WCWS will be conducted May 30 – June 5 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
The committee selected teams from the following eight regions to participate in the championship: Central, East, Northeast, South, Mideast, Midwest, West and Pacific. Thirty-one conferences have been granted automatic qualification for the 2013 championship.
Teams were selected to the field of 64 teams. The top 16 teams were seeded in order, and the remaining teams were placed in regional brackets to create balanced competition and avoid conference match-ups, when possible.
|America East||Stony Brook|
|Atlantic Coast||NC State|
|Atlantic Sun||South Carolina-Upstate|
|Big East||South Florida|
|Big Sky||Portland State|
|Missouri Valley||Northern Iowa|
|Mountain West||San Diego State|
|Northeast||Central Connecticut State|
|Southwestern||Mississippi Valley State|
|Sun Belt||South Alabama|
|Western Athletic||San Jose State|
For even more information visit: http://www.ncaa.com/news/softball/article/2013-05-12/oklahoma-headlines-di-softball-field