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Thirteen SEC teams highlight NCAA Tournament

63 days ago
SEC Staff

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - For the third consecutive year, the Southeastern Conference will have all 13 programs representing the league in the NCAA Tournament as they prepare to compete in the 2019 NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

The SEC set the NCAA record in 2017 when all 13 teams earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament, including eight national seeds. Last season, the SEC set two NCAA records with nine national seeds and bids for all 13 softball programs.

This year, the SEC earned six national seeds, as the SEC tournament champion Florida (44-15) earned the No. 5 seed and the SEC regular-season champion Alabama (52-7) was awarded the No. 8 seed. LSU (40-16) is the No. 10 seed, while Ole Miss (37-17) is the No. 11 seed. Tennessee (39-14) captured the No. 12 seed, and Kentucky (33-22) was tabbed as the No. 14 seed.

In addition, Arkansas (38-18) earned a spot in the Stillwater Regional, and Auburn (37-19) will travel to the Tucson Regional. Georgia (40-17) is headed to the Minneapolis Regional. Mississippi State (33-21) is set to play in the Seattle Regional, while Missouri (32-23) will compete at the Los Angeles Regional. South Carolina (36-17) was selected to play at the Tallahassee Regional, and Texas A&M (28-25) will participate at the Austin Regional.

Regionals will be held May 16-19, followed by the Super Regionals May 23-26. The NCAA® Women's College World Series (WCWS) will take place May 30-June 5 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, 2018), Georgia (2009, 2010, 2016, 2018), 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 13 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):

Norman Regional - May 17-19 at Norman, Oklahoma

  • No. 1 seed Oklahoma* (49-2) vs. UMBC (30-22)
  • Notre Dame (36-16) vs. Wisconsin (40-12)

Evanston Regional - May 17-19 at Evanston, Illinois

  • Southern Ill. (33-13) vs. Louisville (33-21)
  • Detroit Mercy (31-26) vs. No. 16 seed Northwestern* (43-10)

Austin Regional - May 17-19 at Austin, Texas

  • No. 9 seed Texas* (41-14) vs. Sam Houston State (34-21)
  • Texas A&M (28-25) vs. Houston (37-17)

Tuscaloosa Regional - May 17-19 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Arizona State (33-18) vs. Lipscomb (41-13-1)
  • Alabama State (24-23) vs. No. 8 seed Alabama* (52-7)

Gainesville Regional - May 17-19 at Gainesville, Florida

  • No. 5 seed Florida* (44-15) vs. Boston U. (37-18)
  • Stanford (32-18) vs. Boise State (34-14)

Knoxville Regional - May 17-19 at Knoxville, Tennessee

  • North Carolina (35-18) vs. Ohio State (34-16)
  • Longwood (37-20) vs. No. 12 seed Tennessee* (39-14)

Stillwater Regional - May 16-18 at Stillwater, Oklahoma

  • No. 13 seed Oklahoma State* (39-14) vs. BYU (29-24)
  • Arkansas (38-18) vs. Tulsa (35-18)

Tallahassee Regional - May 17-19 at Tallahassee, Florida

  • South Carolina (36-17) vs. South Florida (40-17)
  • Bethune-Cookman (26-29) vs. No. 4 seed Florida State* (51-8)

Seattle Regional - May 17-19 at Seattle, Washington

  • No. 3 seed Washington* (45-7) vs. Fordham (29-24)
  • Mississippi State (33-21) vs. Seattle University (39-15)

Lexington Regional - May 17-19 at Lexington, Kentucky

  • Virginia Tech (45-9) vs. Illinois (32-23)
  • Toledo (29-26) vs. No. 14 seed Kentucky* (33-22)

Oxford Regional - May 17-19 at Oxford, Mississippi

  • No. 11 seed Ole Miss* (37-17) vs. Chattanooga (37-15)
  • UL Lafayette (50-4) vs. SEMO (45-16)

Tucson Regional - May 17-19 at Tucson, Arizona

  • Auburn (37-19) vs. Colorado State (38-10)
  • Harvard (25-17) vs. No. 6 seed Arizona* (42-12)

Minneapolis Regional - May 17-19 at Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • No. 7 seed Minnesota* (41-12) vs. North Dakota State (42-14)
  • Georgia (40-17) vs. Drake (42-14)

Baton Rouge Regional - May 17-19 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Texas Tech (39-14) vs. Louisiana Tech (44-14)
  • Monmouth (36-16) vs. No. 10 seed LSU* (40-16)

Ann Arbor Regional - May 17-19 at Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • No. 15 seed Michigan* (43-11) vs. Saint Francis (PA) (29-29)
  • James Madison (47-7) vs. DePaul (34-14)

Los Angeles Regional - May 17-19 at Los Angeles, California

  • Missouri (32-23) vs. Cal State Fullerton (38-16)
  • Weber State (26-19) vs. No. 2 seed UCLA* (46-5)