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Thirteen teams secure spots in NCAA tournament

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - For the second consecutive year, the Southeastern Conference will have all 13 programs representing the league in the NCAA Tournament as they prepare to compete in the 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

The SEC set the NCAA record last season when all 13 teams earned a spot in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, including eight national seeds.

The SEC also set the NCAA record this year with nine national seeds, as the SEC regular season and tournament champion Florida (50-8) earned the No. 2 seed and Georgia (43-11) was awarded the No. 7 seed. South Carolina (45-14) is the No. 9 seed, and Tennessee (45-12) is the No. 10 seed. LSU (41-14) captured the No. 11 seed, and Alabama (33-18) was tabbed as the No. 12 seed. Arkansas (39-15) was named the No. 13 seed, while Texas A&M (40-16) took the No. 15 seed. Kentucky (31-19) rounds out the list as the No. 16 seed.

In addition, Auburn (40-15) earned a spot in the Tallahassee Regional, while Ole Miss (30-23) will travel to the Tempe Regional. Mississippi State (36-21) is slated to play in the Tucson Regional, and Missouri (28-27) is set to be a part of the Norman Regional.

Regionals will be held May 17-20, followed by the Super Regionals May 24-27. The Women's College World Series will take place May 30-June 6 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium - OGE Energy Field.

Since 1997, the SEC has had nine teams advance to the Women's College World Series: Alabama (2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), Auburn (2015, 2016), Florida (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017), Georgia (2009, 2010, 2016), Kentucky (2014), LSU (2001, 2004, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017), South Carolina (2007), Tennessee (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015) and Texas A&M (2017).

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 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.

DATES/SITES/PAIRINGS (*Indicates Host Institution, SEC teams in bold):

Lexington Regional - May 18-20 at Lexington, Kentucky Michigan (43-11) vs. Notre Dame (32-21) Ill.-Chicago (33-19) vs. No. 16 seed Kentucky* (31-19)

Columbia Regional - May 18-20 at Columbia, South Carolina No. 9 seed South Carolina* (45-14) vs. UNCG (46-11) Liberty (47-12) vs. Hofstra (40-12)

Tempe Regional - May 18-20 at Tempe, Arizona Long Beach St. (42-12) vs. Ole Miss (30-23) New Mexico St. (29-22) vs. No. 8 seed Arizona St.* (43-11)

Tuscaloosa Regional - May 18-20 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama Oregon St. (28-26) vs. Wisconsin (28-21) Middle Tenn. (39-20) vs. No. 12 seed Alabama* (33-18)

Fayetteville Regional - May 18-20 at Fayetteville, Arkansas No. 13 seed Arkansas* (39-15) vs. DePaul (35-15) Wichita St. (30-21) vs. Oklahoma St. (38-20)

Norman Regional - May 18-20 at Norman, Oklahoma Missouri (28-27) vs. Tulsa (33-23) Boston U. (39-18) vs. No. 4 seed Oklahoma* (50-3)

Tucson Regional - May 18-20 at Tucson, Arizona Mississippi State (36-21) vs. North Dakota St. (33-17) St. Francis (PA) (39-17) vs. No. 14 seed Arizona* (40-14)

Baton Rouge Regional - May 18-20 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana No. 11 seed LSU* (41-14) vs. Fordham (33-21) Houston (36-20) vs. Louisiana (38-14)

Tallahassee Regional - May 18-20 at Tallahassee, Florida Auburn (40-15) vs. Kennesaw St. (39-15) Jacksonville St. (33-23) vs. No. 6 seed Florida St.* (47-10)

Athens Regional - May 18-20 at Athens, Georgia No. 7 seed Georgia* (43-11) vs. Harvard (23-16) Northwestern (36-17) vs. California (34-19)

Knoxville Regional - May 18-20 at Knoxville, Tennessee James Madison (42-12) vs. Ohio (38-15) Monmouth (32-14) vs. No. 10 seed Tennessee* (45-12)

College Station Regional - May 18-20 at College Station, Texas No. 15 seed Texas A&M* (40-16) vs. Prairie View (20-21) McNeese (40-19) vs. Baylor (36-16)

Gainesville Regional - May 18-20 at Gainesville, Florida Ohio St. (34-14) vs. South Fla. (38-21) Bethune-Cookman (31-24) vs. No. 2 seed Florida* (50-8)