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12 SEC Teams to Compete in NCAA Softball Tournament

28 days ago
SEC Staff
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference led all leagues with 12 teams selected to compete in the 2021 NCAA Division I Softball Championship.

The SEC earned seven national seeds, including five of the top eight. Alabama (45-7), the 2021 SEC Tournament Champion, earned the No. 3 seed. Florida (42-9) and Arkansas (40-9), the SEC Regular Season Co-Champions, was awarded the No. 4 and No. 6 seeds, respectively. LSU (32-19) is the No. 7 seed, and Missouri (38-15) captured the No. 8 seed. Tennessee (41-13) garnered the No. 9 seed, and Kentucky (39-13) was tabbed the No. 14 seed.

In addition, Auburn (27-22) earned a spot in the Tallahassee Regional, and Georgia (29-21) will host the Athens Regional. Ole Miss (34-20) is headed to the Tucson Regional, and Mississippi State (33-23) is set to compete at the Stillwater Regional. Texas A&M (31-21) was selected to play at the Norman Regional.

Regionals will be held May 20-23 on 16 campus sites. Super regionals for the championship will be held May 27-30 on eight campus sites. The winners from each super regional advance to the NCAA® Women's College World Series (WCWS) from June 3-9 at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium - OG&E Energy Field in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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, 2019), Auburn (2015, 2016), Florida (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019), 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).

Thirteen 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 21-23 at Norman, Oklahoma
No. 1 seed Oklahoma* (45-2) vs. Morgan St. (24-15)
Texas A&M (31-21) vs. Wichita St. (39-11-1)

Knoxville Regional - May 21-23 at Knoxville, Tennessee
No. 9 seed Tennessee* (41-13) vs. Eastern Ky. (35-15)
James Madison (34-1) vs. Liberty (42-13)

Columbia Regional - May 21-23 at Columbia, Missouri
Iowa St. (32-21) vs. UNI (31-18)
UIC (29-21) vs. No. 8 seed Missouri* (38-15)

Stillwater Regional - May 21-23 at Stillwater, Oklahoma
No. 5 seed Oklahoma St.* (42-9) vs. Campbell (27-17)
Boston U. (36-2) vs. Mississippi State (33-23)

Athens Regional - May 21-23 at Athens, Georgia
No. 13 seed Duke (42-10) vs. UNC Greensboro (34-15)
Western Ky. (31-13) vs. Georgia* (29-21)

Gainesville Regional - May 21-23 at Gainesville, Florida
Baylor (27-21) vs. South Alabama (30-19)
South Fla. (29-17) vs. No. 4 seed Florida* (42-9)

Tuscaloosa Regional - May 21-23 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama
No. 3 seed Alabama* (45-7) vs. Alabama St. (19-27)
Troy (36-15) vs. Clemson (42-6)

Lexington Regional - May 21-23 at Lexington, Kentucky
Notre Dame (31-13) vs. Miami (OH) (46-8)
Northwestern (29-15) vs. No. 14 seed Kentucky* (39-13)

Tucson Regional - May 21-23 at Tucson, Arizona
No. 11 seed Arizona* (36-13) vs. UMBC (25-11)
Villanova (36-13) vs. Ole Miss (34-20)

Fayetteville Regional - May 21-23 at Fayetteville, Arkansas
Stanford (31-20) vs. South Dakota St. (42-6)
Manhattan (22-14) vs. No. 6 seed Arkansas* (40-9)

Baton Rouge Regional - May 21-23 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana
No. 7 seed LSU* (32-19) vs. McNeese (34-24)
George Washington (37-9) vs. Louisiana (44-10)

Tallahassee Regional - May 21-23 at Tallahassee, Florida
Auburn (27-22) vs. UCF (39-17-1)
Kennesaw St. (26-25) vs. No. 10 seed Florida St.* (39-10-1)