May 10, 2009

NCAA RELEASE

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INDIANAPOLIS--The University of Florida was named the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship today when the NCAA Division I Softball Committee announced the 64-team field. The Gators, champions of the Southeastern Conference, are 55-3 and will play Florida A&M University, an automatic qualifier from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, May 15, in front of a home crowd in Gainesville.
    
Thirty conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 34 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. The top 16 teams were seeded nationally and will play at campus sites this weekend.
    
Team pairings were determined by geographical proximity, with the exception that teams from the same conference were not paired during regional competition, when possible.
    
The SEC led all conferences with nine teams in the championship, while the Big 12 placed seven and the Big Ten and the Pacific-10 each placed six. California State University, Fresno, remains the only team to be selected to all 28 championships. Seven teams are making their initial appearances in the tournament: Bradley University, James Madison University, the University of Kentucky, North Dakota State University, Radford University, Sacred Heart University and the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Only nine schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982, and all are in this year's bracket.

DATES/SITES/PAIRINGS:    Gainesville Regional - May 15-17 at Gainesville, Florida
* Indicates host institution    *No. 1 Florida (55-3) vs. Florida A&M (30-30)
    Lehigh (36-16-1) vs. Texas A&M (31-20)

    Tallahassee Regional - May 15-17 at Tallahassee, Florida
    California (35-18) vs. Mississippi St. (28-26)
    Oklahoma St. (34-20) vs. *No. 16 Florida St. (41-14)

    Louisville Regional - May 15-17 at Louisville, Kentucky
    No. 9 Arizona (41-14) vs. Tenn.-Martin (38-22)
    Purdue (29-18) vs. *Louisville (47-9)

    Palo Alto Regional - May 15-17 at Palo Alto, California
    Cal Poly (39-10) vs. Nevada (39-17)
    Portland St. (29-24) vs. *No. 8 Stanford (44-9)

    Ann Arbor Regional - May 15-17 at Ann Arbor, Michigan
    *No. 5 Michigan (41-10) vs. Miami (OH) (32-22)
    Cleveland St. (35-16) vs. Notre Dame (41-15)

    Waco Regional - May 15-17 at Waco, Texas
    La.-Lafayette (43-11) vs. *Baylor (37-20)
    Texas St. (39-16) vs. No. 12 Northwestern (31-13)

    Knoxville Regional - May 15-17 at Knoxville, Tennessee
    *No. 13 Tennessee (38-16-1) vs. James Madison (35-14)
    Nebraska (34-17) vs. Jacksonville St. (38-12)

    Tuscaloosa Regional - May 15-17 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Texas (38-18) vs. Chattanooga (30-22)
    Mississippi Val. (37-14) vs. *No. 4 Alabama (47-9)
    
    Amherst Regional - May 15-17
    No. 3 Washington (41-10) vs. Sacred Heart (25-26)
    Cornell (42-11) vs. *Massachusetts (38-8)

    Atlanta Regional - May 15-17
    Iowa (42-14) vs. Auburn (29-27)
    Boston U. (41-16) vs. *No. 14 Georgia Tech (41-13)

    Columbus Regional - May 14-16
    *No. 11 Ohio State (44-9) vs. Canisius (27-22)
    BYU (39-16) vs. Kentucky (32-21)

    Chapel Hill Regional - May 14-16
    *North Carolina (45-11) vs. Campbell (38-14)
    Radford (40-13) vs. No. 6 Georgia (39-10)

    Norman Regional - May 15-17
    *No. 7 Oklahoma (40-14) vs. North Dakota St. (35-18)
    Tulsa (38-15) vs. Arkansas (27-27)

    Tempe Regional - May 15-17
    LSU (32-16-1) vs. Cal St. Fullerton (29-19)
    San Diego St. (33-18) vs. *No. 10 Arizona St. (40-16)

    Columbia Regional - May 15-17
    No. 15 DePaul (37-12) vs. Bradley (25-26)
    Illinois (29-15) vs. *Missouri (45-9)

    Los Angeles Regional - May 15-17
    Fresno St. (36-18) vs. UNLV (31-19)
    Long Beach St. (34-19) vs. *No. 2 UCLA (41-9)

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