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HCS Softball Bracketology: Field of 64 for Week 10

It’s officially April, which means the NCAA Softball Tournament is coming up next month. One of the most exciting times of the year is just around the corner, and Heartland College Sports is here to help you keep up with the action.

Our softball experts have taken the liberty of compiling the data and coming up with their projections for the entire Field of 64, as of Wednesday, April 12.

The field consists of 32 automatic qualifiers and 32 at-large bids. Of the 32 automatic qualifiers, 30 of them will earn bids by winning their conference tournament (the Big West and WCC regular season champions will earn the other two bids).


The Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) is used heavily in these projections, as it is when the selection committee creates the field during the Selection Show.

16 national seeds will be selected, with each team hosting a regional site for the first round of the tournament.  At each campus site, a four-team, double-elimination tournament will be held, and the 16 winning teams advanced to the Super Regionals.

Super Regionals are hosted on eight campus sites, determined by Regionals winner’s seeding. At each site, two teams will play in a best-of-three tournament, with the winners going to Oklahoma City.

Automatic Bids

America East: Binghamton

American: Wichita State

ACC: Florida State

Atlantic 10: Dayton

Atlantic Sun: Central Arkansas

Big 12: Oklahoma

Big East: UConn

Big Sky: Sacramento State

Big South: Campbell

Big Ten: Northwestern

Big West: Cal St. Fullerton

CAA: Delaware

C-USA: Charlotte

Horizon: Robert Morris

Ivy: Princeton

MAC: Miami (OH)

MAAC: Canisius

MEAC: Morgan State

Missouri Valley: Northern Illinois

Mountain West: Boise State




Patriot League: Boston

SEC: Tennessee

SoCon: UNC Greensboro

Southland: SE Louisiana

SWAC: Prairie View A&M

Summit League: S Dakota State

Sun Belt: Louisiana

WAC: Grand Canyon

West Coast: BYU


National Seeds

1. Oklahoma


3. Oklahoma State

4. Florida State

5. Tennessee

6. Stanford

7. Clemson

8. LSU

9. Duke

10. Texas

11. Washington

12. Georgia

13. Arkansas

14. Alabama

15. Northwestern

16. Baylor


Regional Brackets

Norman Regional

1. Oklahoma (1)*
4. Robert Morris*

2. Arizona State
3. South Dakota State*

Los Angeles Regional

1. UCLA (2)*
4. Grand Canyon*

2. Auburn
3. Cal St. Fullerton*

Stillwater Regional

1. Oklahoma State (3)
4. Morgan State*

2. Arizona
3. Missouri

Tallahassee Regional

1. Florida State (4)*
4. LIU*

2. Florida
3. UCF

Knoxville Regional

1. Tennessee (5)*
4. Southeast Missouri State*

2. Indiana
3. UConn*

Palo Alto Regional

1. Stanford (6)
4. Sacramento State*

2. Michigan
3. Mississippi State

Clemson Regional

1. Clemson (7)
4. Princeton*

2. California
3. South Carolina

Baton Rouge Regional

1. LSU (8)
4. Canisius*

2. Louisiana*
3. SE Louisiana*

Durham Regional

1. Duke (9)
4. Binghamton*

2. Charlotte*
3. Campbell*

Austin Regional

1. Texas (10)
4. Prairie View A&M*

2. Texas A&M
3. Minnesota

Seattle Regional

1. Washington (11)
4. Marshall

2. Boise State*
3. BYU*

Athens Regional

1. Georgia (12)
4. Delaware*

2. Virginia Tech
3. Nebraska

Fayetteville Regional

1. Arkansas (13)
4. Northern Illinois*

2. Wichita State*
3. Central Arkansas*

Tuscaloosa Regional

1. Alabama (14)
4. Boston*

2. Utah
3. Maryland

Chicago Regional

1. Northwestern (15)*
4. Dayton*

2. Kentucky
3. UNC Greensboro*

Waco Regional

1. Baylor (16)
4. Miami (OH)*

2. Oregon
3. Ole Miss

*- Auto Bids

Last Four In: Arizona, Mississippi State, Maryland, Marshall

First Four Out: Liberty, Texas State, San Diego State, Wisconsin

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