INDIANAPOLIS – Arizona State was named the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship Sunday when the NCAA Division I Softball Committee announced the 64-team field. The Sun Devils, champions of the Pacific-10 Conference, own a 50-6 record and will play North Dakota State, an automatic qualifier from the Summit League, on May 20 in front of a home crowd in Tempe, Ariz.

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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 Big 12 Conference led all conferences with eight teams in the championship. The Southeastern Conference and Pac-10 placed seven in the championship while five teams from Conference USA were selected.

Fresno State remains the only team to be selected to all 30 championships. Four teams are making their initial appearances in the tournament: Jackson State, Jacksonville, Memphis and New Mexico State.

Only 10 schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982, and nine are in this year’s bracket.

2011 Division I Softball Championship -- Regionals
* Indicates host school
Tempe (Ariz.) Regional – May 20-22 Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Regional – May 20-22
No. 1 seed Arizona State* (50-6) vs. North Dakota State (30-25)
San Diego State (32-19) vs. Long Beach State (37-16)
Chattanooga (42-12) vs. Memphis (35-12)
Jackson State (24-19) vs. No. 2 Alabama* (46-8)
College Station Regional – May 20-22 Stanford (Calif.) Regional – May 20-22
LSU (38-16) vs. Syracuse (44-11)
Sacred Heart (29-19) vs. No. 16 Texas A&M* (41-13)
No. 15 Stanford* (38-15) vs. Pacific (37-17)
Fresno State (34-17) vs. Nebraska (39-12)
Norman (Okla.) Regional – May 20-22 Ann Arbor (Mich.) Regional – May 20-22
No. 9 seed Oklahoma* (37-16) vs. Iona (31-20)
Missouri State (29-23) vs. Tulsa (43-13)
Notre Dame (45-9) vs. Kentucky (36-14)
Western Michigan (25-28) vs. No. 10 Michigan* (51-4)
Tucson (Ariz.) Regional – May 20-22 Louisville (Ky.) Regional – May 20-22
Texas Tech (40-14) vs. New Mexico State (43-15)
Harvard (36-14) vs. No. 8 Arizona* (40-16)
No. 7 seed California (39-10) vs. Jacksonville State (39-19)
Illinois-Chicago (25-22) vs. Louisville* (36-18)
Columbia (Mo.) Regional – May 20-22 Athens (Ga.) Regional – May 20-22
No. 5 Missouri* (46-7) vs. Illinois State (35-17)
DePaul (39-13) vs. Indiana (37-16)
Florida State (30-26) vs. UAB (38-17)
Georgia State (36-23) vs. No. 6 Georgia* (47-12)
Seattle (Wash.) Regional – May 19-21 College Park (Md.) Regional – May 20-22
Auburn (39-17) vs. BYU (38-16)
Portland State (34-16) vs. No. 12 Washington* (34-14)
No. 11 seed Baylor (40-12) vs. Lehigh (33-21)
East Carolina (39-20) vs. Maryland* (39-17)
University Park (Pa.) Regional – May 20-22 Knoxville (Tenn.) Regional – May 20-22
No. 13 seed Oregon (39-14) vs. Albany (N.Y.) (28-21)
Fordham (41-17) vs. Penn State* (27-22)
Oklahoma State (37-17) vs. Georgia Tech (44-10)
Liberty (30-28) vs. No. 14 Tennessee* (47-10)
Gainesville (Fla.) Regional – May 20-22 Austin (Texas) Regional – May 20-22
UCLA (33-17) vs. Jacksonville (43-14)
Bethune-Cookman (33-24) vs. No. 4 Florida* (47-9)
No. 3 Texas* (44-8) vs. Texas State (33-23)
Houston (40-16) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (49-9)

Championship Structure
The Division I championship allows for a field of 64 teams. The 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. Two regional sites (Ann Arbor and Tempe) will be televised in their entirety on the ESPN family of networks.

The regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series that will be conducted either May 26-27, May 27-28 or May 28-29 at eight campus sites. For the third consecutive year, all Super Regional games will be televised on the ESPN family of networks.

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 June 2-8 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

Selection Process
The NCAA Division I Softball Committee selected teams from the following eight regions to participate in the championship: Central, East, Northeast, South, Mideast, Midwest, West and Pacific. Thirty conferences have been granted automatic qualification for the 2011 championship. 


Seeidngs and SitesTeams were selected to the field of 64 teams with the top 16 teams seeded in order, and the remaining teams placed in regional brackets to create balanced competition and avoid conference matchups, when possible.

Automatic Qualifiers
Conference Qualifier Conference Qualifier
America East Albany (N.Y.) Mid-Eastern Bethune-Cookman
Atlantic Coast Florida State Missouri Valley Missouri State
Atlantic 10 Fordham Mountain West BYU
Atlantic Sun Jacksonville Northeast Sacred Heart
Big East Syracuse Ohio Valley Jacksonville State
Big South Liberty Pacific-10 Arizona State
Big Ten Michigan Pacific Coast Portland State
Big 12 Missouri Patriot League Lehigh
Big West Pacific Southeastern Tennessee
Colonial Athletic Georgia State Southern Chattanooga
Conference USA East Carolina Southland Texas State
Horizon League Illinois-Chicago Summit North Dakota State
Ivy League Harvard Sun Belt Louisiana-Lafayette
Metro Atlantic Iona Southwestern Jackson State
Mid-American Western Michigan Western Athletic New Mexico State
WCWS Television Coverage
Day/Game Time (ET)* Network*
* if necessary game
Thursday, June 2    
1 1 p.m. ESPN2 HD/ESPN3.com
2 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 HD/ESPN3.com
3 7 p.m. ESPN2 HD/ESPN3.com
4 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 HD/ESPN3.com
     
Friday, June 3    
5 7 p.m. ESPN HD/ESPN3.com
6 9:30 p.m. ESPN HD/ESPN3.com
     
Saturday, June 4    
7 Noon ESPN HD/ESPN3.com
8 2:30 p.m. ESPN HD/ESPN3.com
9 7 p.m. ESPN2 HD/ESPN3.com
10 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 HD/ESPN3.com
     
Sunday, June 5    
11  1 p.m.  ESPN HD/ESPN3.com
12  3:30 p.m.  ESPN HD/ESPN3.com
13*  7 p.m. ESPN2 HD/ESPN3.com
14* 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 HD/ESPN3.com
     
Monday, June 6    
Championship Game 1 8 p.m. ESPN2 HD/ESPN3.com
Championship Game 2 8 p.m. ESPN2 HD/ESPN3.com
Championship Game 3* 8 p.m. ESPN2 HD/ESPN3.com

2010 Championship Highlights
UCLA captured its 11th national title by defeating Arizona 6-5 in eigth innings and 15-9 in championship series games one and two, respectively. UCLA won the national title behind the efforts of Most Outstanding Player Megan Langenfeld and all-tournament team honoree Samantha Camuso and Andrea Harrison. UCLA completed the series with a record of 5-0.

2011 Division I Softball Participants
School Number of Appearances* Last Appearance
*Includes 2011 appearance. Division I appearances only.
Alabama 13 2010
Albany 4 2007
Arizona 25 2010
Arizona State 9 2010
Auburn 8 2010
Baylor 6 2009
Bethune-Cookman 7 2010
BYU 8 2010
California 27 2010
Chattanooga 8 2009
DePaul 16 2010
East Carolina 4 2010
Florida 12 2010
Florida State 24 2010
Fordham 2 2010
Fresno State 30 2010
Georgia 10 2010
Georgia State 2 1994
Georgia Tech 10 2010
Harvard 4 2007
Houston 4 2008
Illinois-Chicago 9 2004
Illinois State 8 2010
Indiana 7 2006
Iona 2 2010
Jackson State First ---
Jacksonville First ---
Jacksonville State 5 2010
Kentucky 3 2010
Lehigh 7 2009
Liberty 2 2002
Long Beach State 20 2009
Louisiana-Lafayette 21 2010
LSU 13 2010
Louisville 8 2010
Maryland 3 2010
Memphis First ---
Michigan 19 2010
Missouri 15 2010
Missouri State 6 2006
Nebraska 20 2010
New Mexico State First ---
North Dakota State 3 2010
Notre Dame 16 2010
Oklahoma 18 2010
Oklahoma State 18 2010
Oregon 13 2010
Pacific 12 2007
Penn State 10 2007
Portland State 3 2009
Sacred Heart 2 2009
San Diego State 7 2010
Stanford 14 2010
Syracuse 2 2010
Tennessee 9 2010
Texas 12 2010
Texas A&M 22 2010
Texas State 5 2009
Texas Tech 4 2010
Tulsa 4 2009
UAB 2 2010
UCLA 26 2010
Washington 18 2010
Western Michigan 4 2003