BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The NCAA Division I Softball Committee announced its NCAA Championship bracket Sunday and the Southeastern Conference will be sending a league-record 11 teams to the tournament for the third consecutive year.
The SEC also grabbed seven national seeds, as SEC regular season champion Florida (50-6) earned the national No. 1 seed and SEC Champion Auburn (49-0) earned the No. 4 seed. LSU (44-11) are the No. 5 national seed, while Alabama (42-12) is the No.6 seed. Tennessee (42-12) is the No. 8 seed, and Missouri (39-14) earned the No. 10 seed. Georgia (40-14) rounds out the list as the No. 14 seed.
In addition, Kentucky (29-24) will compete in the South Bend Regional, while South Carolina (37-20) opens up tournament play in the Tallahassee Regional for the second consecutive year. Mississippi State (35-19) will play in the Lafayette Regional, and Texas A&M marks its 26th NCAA appearance when the Aggies play in the Norman Regional for the second consecutive year.
The SEC led all leagues with 11 teams selected to the championship tournament. The Pac-12 Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference each placed seven teams in the championship tournament, respectively.
Regional play begins May 14-17, followed by the Super Regionals on May 21-24. The Women's College World Series is May 28-June 3 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium - OGE Energy Field. Select Regional, all Super Regional sites and all 15-17 games of this year's WCWS games will be broadcasted on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2 and/or ESPNU).
Since 1997, the SEC has had seven teams advance to the Women's College World Series: Alabama (2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014), Florida (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), Georgia (2009, 2010), Kentucky (2014), LSU (2001, 2004, 2012), South Carolina (2007) and Tennessee (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013). Alabama claimed the first national championship in SEC history when it downed Oklahoma, 5-4, on June 7, 2012. Florida is the defending National Champion after defeating Alabama in the best of three series at the 2014 championship series.
DATES/SITES/PAIRINGS (*Indicates Host Institution):
Gainesville Regional - May 15-17 at Gainesville, Florida
No. 1 seed Florida* (50-6) vs. Florida A&M (18-37) - Friday, 6 p.m. ET on ESPN3
Florida Atlantic (37-17-1) vs. Hofstra (37-12-1)
South Bend Regional - May 15-17 at Notre Dame, Indiana
Kentucky (29-2-4) vs. Northwestern (28-21)
Ball State (33-23) vs. No. 16 seed Notre Dame* (40-13)
Tallahassee Regional - May 15-17 at Tallahassee, Florida
No. 9 seed Florida St.* (45-12) vs. Dartmouth (25-16)
South Carolina (37-20) vs. UCF (48-7)
Knoxville Regional - May 15-17 at Knoxville, Tennessee
Utah (34-17) vs. Virginia Tech (34-21)
Longwood (33-23) vs. No. 8 seed Tennessee* (42-14) - Friday, 6 p.m. ET on ESPN3
Baton Rouge Regional - May 15-17 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana
No. 5 seed LSU* (44-11) vs. Texas Southern (25-16) - Friday, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2
Nebraska (34-21) vs. Arizona St. (34-20)
Lafayette Regional - May 15-17 at Lafayette, Louisiana
No. 13 seed La.-Lafayette* (39-9) vs. Weber St. (38-17)
Mississippi St. (35-19) vs. Baylor (38-14) - Friday, 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3
Auburn Regional - May 15-17 at Auburn, Alabama
South Ala. (38-11) vs. Chattanooga (35-13)
Tennessee Tech (32-26) vs. No. 4 seed Auburn* (49-9) - Friday, 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3
Athens Regional - May 15-17 at Athens, Georgia
North Carolina (36-14) vs. Western Ky. (34-12)
Central Conn. St. (31-12) vs. No. 14 seed Georgia* (40-14) - Friday, 5 p.m. ET on SEC Network+
Norman Regional - May 15-17 at Norman, Oklahoma
No. 11 seed Oklahoma* (45-7) vs. Central Ark. (35-19)
Lehigh (39-7) vs. Texas A&M (38-18) - Friday, 1:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network
Tuscaloosa Regional - May 15-17 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Washington (40-15) vs. USC Upstate (43-8)
Fairfield (25-22) vs. No. 6 seed Alabama* (42-12) - Friday, 4 p.m. ET on SEC Network
Columbia Regional - May 15-17 at Columbia, Missouri
Kansas (38-13) vs. Louisville (30-17)
Indiana St. (26-29) vs. No. 10 seed Missouri* (39-14)