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INDIANAPOLIS – Oklahoma was named the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship Sunday when the NCAA Division I Softball Committee announced the 64-team field. The Sooners, champions of the Big 12 Conference, are 47-4 and will play Marist, an automatic qualifier from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.NCAA Softball

MEAC Champion Hampton and SWAC Titlest Mississippi Valley State have learned their opponents in opening round play.

Hampton's Lady Pirates will travel to Gainesville, FL to play No 2 seed and host Florida on May 17 at a time to be determined.  South Florida and Georgia Southern are the other two teams in the Gainesville Regional.

MVSU will head to Mobile to face No 13 seed and host South Alabama on May 17.  Mississippi State and ACC Champion Florida State are also in the Mobile Regional.

Thirty-one conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 33 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. The top-16 teams were seeded nationally and will play at campus sites this weekend.

Team pairings were determined by geographical proximity, with the exception that teams from the same conference were not paired during regional competition.

The Southeastern Conference led all conferences with 11 teams selected to the championship. The Pac-12 placed eight in the championship while the Big Ten Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA each had four qualifiers, respectively. Eight teams are making their initial appearances in the tournament: Pennsylvania, South Carolina-Upstate, Central Connecticut State, Marshall, Western Kentucky, IPFW, Hampton and Longwood.

Only 11 schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982, and nine are in this year’s bracket.

 

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