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INDIANAPOLIS -- Oklahoma 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 Sooners, champions of the Big 12 Conference, 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 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.

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
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

Championship Structure
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. Eight regional sites 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 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.

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.

Selection Process
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.  

Seeding, Sites
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. 

 

CONFERENCES RECEIVING AUTOMATIC QUALIFICATION
CONFERENCE SCHOOL
America East Stony Brook
Atlantic Coast NC State
Atlantic 10 Fordham
Atlantic Sun South Carolina-Upstate
Big East South Florida
Big South Longwood
Big Sky Portland State
Big Ten Wisconsin
Big 12 Oklahoma
Big West Hawaii
Colonial Athletic Hofstra
Conference USA Marshall
Horizon League Valparaiso
Ivy League Pennsylvania
Metro Atlantic Marist
Mid-American Central Michigan
Mid-Eastern Hampton
Missouri Valley Northern Iowa
Mountain West San Diego State
Northeast Central Connecticut State
Ohio Valley Longwood
Pacific-12 Oregon
Pacific Coast BYU
Patriot League Army
Southeastern Florida
Southern Georgia Southern
Southland Northwestern State
Southwestern Mississippi Valley State
Summit IPFW
Sun Belt South Alabama
Western Athletic San Jose State
DIVISION I TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
School *Appearances Last Record Championships
Alabama 15 2012 64-29 1 (2012)
UAB 4 2012 2-6 --
Arizona 27 2012 149-49 8 (1991, 1993-94, 1996-97, 2001, 2006-07)
Arizona State 25 2012 78-47 2 (2008, 2011)
Arkansas 6 2012 5-10 --
Army 3 2002 1-4 --
Baylor 8 2012 25-16 --
BYU 10 2012 14-18 --
California 29 2012 95-63 1 (2002)
UCLA 30 2012 184-44 11 (1982, 1984-85, 1988-90, 1992, 1995, 1999, 2003-04, 2010)
Central Connecticut State First -- -- --
Central Michigan 14 2004 12-27 --
Florida 14 2012 43-29 --
Florida State 26 2012 50-54 --
Fordham 3 2011 3-4 --
Georgia 12 2012 44-22 --
Georgia Southern 3 2012 1-4 --
Hampton First -- -- --
Hawaii 11 2012 23-21 --
Hofstra 14 2012 21-26 --
Houston 6 2012 12-10 --
IPFW First -- -- --
Jacksonville State 6 2011 7-11 --
James Madison 2 2009 0-2 --
Kentucky 5 2012 8-8 --
Longwood First -- -- --
LSU 15 2012 44-29 --
Louisiana-Lafayette 23 2012 56-46 --
Louisville 10 2012 13-18 --
Marist 2 2006 0-2 --
Marshall First -- -- --
Michigan 21 2012 69-43 1 (2005)
Minnesota 8 2003 7-14 --
Mississippi State 10 2012 9-18 --
Mississippi Valley State 8 2012 3-14 --
Missouri 17 2012 41-36 --
Nebraska 21 2011 50-52 --
North Carolina 11 2012 12-20 --
NC State 3 2007 2-4 --
Northern Iowa 2 1990 0-2 --
Northwestern State 4 2002 0-6 --
Notre Dame 18 2012 26-34 --
Oklahoma 20 2012 69-38 1 (2000)
Oregon 15 2012 38-30 --
Oregon State 11 2012 29-21 --
Penn First -- -- --
Portland State 5 2012 2-8 --
San Diego State 9 2012 12-16 --
San Jose State 3 1992 0-4 --
South Alabama 2 2012 2-2 --
South Carolina 16 2007 31-33 --
S.C.-Upstate First -- -- --
South Florida 11 2012 20-21 --
Stanford 16 2012 39-34 --
Stony Brook 2 2008 0-2 --
Tennessee 11 2012 47-24 --
Texas 14 2012 38-27 --
Texas A&M 24 2012 66-49 2 (1983, 1987)
Tulsa 6 2012 6-10 --
Valparaiso 2 2012 0-2 --
Virginia Tech 6 2012 10-12 --
Washington 20 2012 83-38 1 (2009)
Western Kentucky First -- -- --
Wisconsin 4 2005 2-6 --
*Includes 2013 season.