Tigers, Tide get national seeds in NCAA softball
For the fourth consecutive year, the Southeastern Conference will be sending a league-record 11 teams to the tournament as the NCAA Division I Softball Committee announced its NCAA Championship bracket Sunday.
The SEC earned eight national seeds, as SEC regular season champion Florida (53-5) earned the national No. 1 seed and SEC Champion Auburn (49-9) earned the No. 4 seed. Alabama (46-12) is the No. 6 national seed, while Kentucky (43-12) is the No. 9 seed. LSU (45-15) is the No. 10 seed, and Tennessee (41-14) earned the No. 13 seed. Missouri (39-14) earned the No. 15 seed, while Georgia (40-17) rounds out the list as the No. 16 seed.
In addition, South Carolina (36-21) will compete in the Tallahassee Regional for the third consecutive year, while Ole Miss (39-20) earns its first trip to the NCAAs with a spot in the Norman Regional. Texas A&M marks its 27th NCAA appearance as the Aggies are set to play in the Lafayette Regional.
Regional play begins May 20-22, followed by the Super Regionals May 26-29. The Women’s College World Series is June 2-8 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium - OGE Energy Field.
Since 1997, the SEC has had eight teams advance to the Women’s College World Series: Alabama (2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015), Auburn (2015), Florida (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015), Georgia (2009, 2010), Kentucky (2014), LSU (2001, 2004, 2012, 2015), South Carolina (2007) and Tennessee (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015).
Only 12 schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982, with two SEC schools among the winners on that list. Alabama claimed the first national championship in SEC history when it downed Oklahoma, 5-4, on June 7, 2012. Florida, the two-time defending National Champion, defeated Alabama in the best-of-three series in 2014 and then became the third program in NCAA softball history to win back-to-back national titles after defeating Michigan in the 2015 WCWS Championship Series.
Parings for SEC teams
Gainesville Regional – May 20-22 at Gainesville, Florida
Lexington Regional – May 20-22 at Lexington, Kentucky
Tallahassee Regional – May 20-22 at Tallahassee, Florida
Knoxville Regional – May 20-22 at Knoxville, Tennessee
Norman Regional – May 20-22 at Norman, Oklahoma
Lafayette Regional – May 20-22 at Lafayette, Louisiana
Tuscaloosa Regional – May 20-22 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Baton Rouge Regional – May 20-22 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Columbia Regional – May 19-21 at Columbia, Missouri