Oklahoma No. 1 seed: NCAA softball tournament matchups set, outlook for regional round
The growth of collegiate softball has turned the NCAA tournament into must-see television over the last several years. That growth was felt on selection Sunday as anticipation built for the 64 programs and teams on the bubble that awaited their fate from the selection committee.
This next weekend marks the first step in the march to the Women’s College World Series for the Oklahoma Sooners and the 63 other teams that hope to knock off the reigning, defending undisputed back-to-back NCAA champions.
With tournament play beginning this Friday, here’s a look at each of the 16 regional sites.
Norman Regional - Marita Hynes Field
𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞. #ChampionshipMindset pic.twitter.com/FlJUAFn2it
— Oklahoma Softball (@OU_Softball) May 15, 2023
No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners: 51-1, 18-0 in Big 12, Big 12 Champs
California Golden Bears: 33-19-1, 9-14-1, 6th in Pac-12
Missouri Tigers: 34-24, 7-17, last in SEC
Hofstra Pride: 29-25, 16-7 in CAA, CAA Champs
The top-seeded Oklahoma Sooner will be the favorites to emerge from the Norman regional. The No. 1 team in the nation is on a roll. Since losing to Baylor in February, the Sooners have rattled off 43-straight wins.
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Los Angeles Regional
We’re in!!! Playing Liberty at the No. 2 overall seed UCLA. #TheTimeIsNow pic.twitter.com/WQ2LWEMtX6
— San Diego State Softball (@AztecSoftball) May 14, 2023
No. 2 UCLA Bruins: 52-5, 21-3 in Pac-12, regular season champ
Liberty Flames: 38-20, 19-5 in ASUN
San Diego State Aztecs: 35-15, 16-6 in Mountain West, tournament champs.
Grand Canyon: 46-11, 17-7 in WAC, tournament champs
UCLA will emerge from the regional round in Los Angeles to the Super Regionals. San Diego State’s an intriguing team to watch. They have wins over tournament teams Notre Dame, Wichita State, Loyola-Marymount, Cal State, Long Beach State, Boston, and Minnesota.
Ready for anyone.#ChargeOn ⚔️ #RoadToOKC pic.twitter.com/GtMuWNAg0l
— UCF Softball (@UCF_Softball) May 15, 2023
No. 3 Florida State Seminoles: 50-8, 22-2, ACC champions
South Carolina Gamecocks: 37-20, 9-15 10th in SEC
UCF Knights: 39-19, 15-3, AAC champions
Marist Red Foxes: 29-28, 12-8, MAAC tournament champions
South Carolina’s run in the SEC tournament make them an intriguing challenger in the Tallahassee regional. UCF is one of the best mid-major programs in the country. Florida State will be incredibly tough to beat twice, but there will be some good matchups in Tallahassee this weekend.
Best feeling in the world. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/UTLGujbdgL
— Indiana Softball (@IndianaSB) May 15, 2023
No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers: 44-8, 19-5, SEC champions
Indiana Hoosiers: 42-18, 18-5, second in Big Ten
Louisville Cardinals: 33-18, 16-7, fourth in ACC
Northern Kentucky: 24-31, 14-10, Horizon tournament champions
Tennessee is the overwhelming favorite in the Knoxville regional, but it will be an intriguing set of matchups. Indiana and Louisville will provide a challenge.
We are heading to Bama! pic.twitter.com/ryM4lPB15P
— LIU Softball (@LIUSoftball) May 14, 2023
No. 5 Alabama Crimson Tide: 40-18, 14-10, tied for 4th in SEC regular season.
Central Arkansas: 44-10, 22-2, ASUN tournament champions
Middle Tennessee: 39-18, 13-10, Conference USA tournament champion
Long Island: 32-24, 14-7 (earned Auto-Bid by Default with Merrimack ineligible).
Alabama’s position as a No. 5 seed shows just how much the committee values SEC play. The Crimson Tide finished tied for fourth in the conference and earned a favorable regional slate with no Power Five programs joining them in Tuscaloosa.
Put on your dancing s̶h̶o̶e̶s̶ boots, it's time to go to work.@NCAASoftball x #SelectionSunday pic.twitter.com/XVWteWFb7D
— Wichita State Softball (@GoShockersSB) May 14, 2023
No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowgirls: 41-14, 10-8 in Big 12
Wichita State Shockers: 43-10, 16-2, first in AAC regular season
Nebraska Cornhuskers: 34-20, 16-10, fourth in Big Ten
Maryland-Baltimore County: 26-15, 15-4, American East tournament champions
Oklahoma State struggled over the last month of the season and their reward is they have to face a Wichita State team that beat them twice in the month of April.
Bringing some sunshine to a gloomy city🤩 pic.twitter.com/RM9m5VIEM2
— McNeese Softball (@McNeeseSoftball) May 14, 2023
No. 7 Washington Huskies: 38-12, 16-8, second in Pac-12 regular season
Minnesota Golden Gophers: 37-17, 17-6, third in Big Ten regular season
McNeese State: 44-14, 21-3, Southland tournament champion
Northern Colorado: 26-21, 9-6, Big Sky tournament champion
Washington or Minnesota will be the teams to watch in the Seattle Regional. McNeese earned a 3-2 win over the Huskies in February, providing a bit of intrigue to the regional.
READY TO MAKE MORE HISTORY 🏆@NCAASoftball | #Team6 pic.twitter.com/RJHixWiNfT
— Duke Softball (@DukeSOFTBALL) May 14, 2023
No. 8 Duke Blue Devils: 45-10, 19-5, second in ACC regular season
Charlotte 49ers: 33-21, 16-7, first in Conference USA regular season
Campbell Fighting Camels: 41-16, 15-5, Big South tournament champions
George Mason Patriots: 35-22, 16-10, Atlantic 10 tournament champions
Duke gets a favorable regional lineup with SEC, Big 12, Big Ten, or Pac-12 teams joining them in Durham.
Off to take on Stanford! Excited to start our 26th Regional! #GoBeach #NCAASoftball 💛 🖤 🥎 pic.twitter.com/7ZoO75YgPh
— LBSU Softball (@LBSUSoftball) May 14, 2023
No. 9 Stanford Cardinal: 40-13, 14-10, fourth in the Pac-12
Florida Gators: 36-20, 11-13, eighth in the SEC
Loyola Marymount: 27-20, 12-3, West Coast conference champions
Long Beach State: 31-21, Big West conference champions
Stanford has one of the best pitchers in the game in Nijaree Canady, but the Cardinal will need the rest of the staff to produce in tournament play.
Baton Rouge Regional
Hello Baton Rouge Regional!!
We’ll open up the NCAA Tournament against Louisiana on Friday, May 19!#OmahaSB | @NCAASoftball pic.twitter.com/v73QJeeFFO
— Omaha Softball (@OmahaSB) May 14, 2023
10. LSU Tigers: 40-15, 13-11, 6th in the SEC
Louisiana Rajun Cajuns: 46-13, 22-2, Sun Belt tournament champions
Omaha Mavericks: 32-15, 15-5, Summit tournament champion
Prairie View A&M: 26-18, 22-2, SWAC tournament champions
LSU is the favorite here, but they’ll have to overcome a group of teams on a roll after winning their respective conference tournaments.
A new season starts now. pic.twitter.com/Rv8kqGcYCd
— Arkansas Razorback Softball (@RazorbackSB) May 15, 2023
No. 11 Arkansas Razorbacks: 38-17, 14-10, 5th in the SEC
Oregon Ducks: 35-15, 14-10, t-4th in Pac-12
Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 29-17-1, 11-12-1, 7th in ACC
Harvard Crimson: 29-15-1, 16-5, Ivy League champions
This is one of the more intriguing regionals that feels very up for grabs. Arkansas and Oregon will be the favorites, but Notre Dame and Harvard could steal a berth in the Super Regionals.
The @EIU_Softball team will make its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend with the Panthers playing in the Evanston Regional.
EIU faces host Northwestern on Friday at 2:30 pm on ESPN+…. Miami (Ohio) and Kentucky also at site
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— Eastern Illinois Athletics (@EIU_Panthers) May 15, 2023
No. 12 Northwestern Wildcats: 38-11, 20-3, Big Ten champions
Kentucky Wildcats: 30-20-1, 10-14, 9th in SEC.
Miami (Oh.) Red Hawks: 37-18, 21-8, MAC champions
Eastern Illinois Panthers: 34-19, 16-6, Ohio Valley champions
Eastern Illinois will be making its first appearance in the tournament but won’t have an easy road with Northwestern, Kentucky, and a battle-tested Miami (Oh.).
We’re headed to Austin! #EatEmUp pic.twitter.com/pGcjGpSVUg
— Texas State Softball (@TXStateSoftball) May 15, 2023
No. 13 Texas Longhorns: 42-13-1, 11-7, 2nd in Big 12
Texas A&M Aggies: 33-19, 12-12, 7th in SEC
Texas State Bobcats: 34-23-1, 13-9-1, 5th in Sun Belt
Seton Hall: 42-16, 18-6, Big East champions
It’s a battle of Texas schools and Seton Hall. The Longhorns should emerge from their regional. They’re a young team but one of the best teams in the nation. Texas State picked up a midweek win over Texas back in March in extra innings. Could they pull off another upset?
No. 14 seed Georgia will host Virginia Tech, Boston University, and North Carolina Central at #TheJack in the @NCAASoftball Athens Regional!
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📰 & 🎟️: https://t.co/bEIF2jNGBN#Team27 | #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/lA5444cuQX
— Georgia Softball (@UGASoftball) May 15, 2023
No. 14 Georgia Bulldogs: 39-13, 16-7, 2nd in SEC
Virginia Tech Hokies: 37-18, 14-10, 5th in ACC
Boston University: 51-8, 17-1, Patriot champions
N.C. Central: 19-33, 12-7, MEAC tournament champion
This regional looks like Georgia’s to lose. The Bulldogs had a strong season in conference play. The SEC has a ton of depth in the conference and the battle-tested Bulldogs will be ready to roll. Boston is an intriguing team to watch after beating Baylor and Cal State Fullerton and splitting with Long Beach during the regular season.
Salt Lake City Regional
The moment we found out.#GoUtes pic.twitter.com/KFD5nSzzsc
— Utah Softball (@Utah_Softball) May 14, 2023
No. 15 Utah Utes: 37-13, 15-9, Pac-12 tournament champions
Baylor Bears: 39-16, 8-10, 4th in Big 12
Ole Miss Rebels: 30-26, 8-16, 11th in SEC
Southern Illinois Salukis: 19-33, 12-7, Missouri Valley tournament champion
Utah earned a host site by beating UCLA in the Pac-12 championship. There’s something about the Utes spoiling things for Pac-12 teams from the Los Angeles area.
The road to OKC starts in Clemson, S.C.
Can’t wait to welcome our fans back to McWhorter Stadium for another Regional! pic.twitter.com/yg346QKsB9
— Clemson Softball 🥎 (@clemsonsoftball) May 15, 2023
No. 16 Clemson Tigers: 46-9, 18-6, 3rd in ACC.
Auburn Tigers: 40-17, 15-9, 3rd in SEC.
Cal State Fullerton: 33-19, 20-7, 2nd in Big West
UNC Greensboro: 37-20, 13-4, Southern Conference tournament champion
Clemson and Auburn will be the favorites to come out of the regional but don’t sleep on a Cal State Fullerton team that holds wins this season over California, Oregon, Tennessee, Florida, Oregon State, and UCF.