May 14, 2006
The field of 64 for the 2006 NCAA Softball Championship was announced Sunday afternoon and for the seventh straight season and 19th time overall, the Florida State Seminoles were among the teams selected. The Seminoles (41-29) will head to Athens, Georgia and will face Coastal Carolina (39-20) in first round action. Host Georgia (51-13) will face Georgia Southern (34-33). The double-elimination regional will begin Friday, May 19th and times are still to be determined.
“We’re excited to be in,” FSU head coach Dr. JoAnne Graf said. “We’ve played a lot of ranked teams this year and teams that have won their conferences so I think strength of schedule played a big part in us getting a bid. Coastal Carolina is going to be a very strong opponent and it will be a very competitive regional.”
Florida State is 4-0 all-time vs. Coastal Carolina but the two teams have not met since the 1997 season and all four games were played at neutral sites. The series between the Seminoles and the Bulldogs in knotted at 3-3 while FSU is 28-3 vs. Georgia Southern.
FSU is among five ACC teams in the tournament. Twenty-nine conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 35 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. The Pacific 10 led all conferences with seven teams in the championship, while the Big 12, Big Ten and SEC placed six teams. Fresno State remains the only team to be selected to all 25 championships.
Eight teams are making their initial appearances in the tournament: NC State, Youngstown State, Tulsa, Georgia Southern, Portland State, Southern Utah, Nevada and Marist.
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, when possible.
The Division I championship provides for a field of 64 teams. The championship will be three weekends of competition. Four teams will participate at each of 16 regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. Sixteen teams were seeded and placed at one of the regional sites.
The regional winners will advance to super regional competition for a best-of-three series May 26-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at eight campus sites.
The remaining eight teams will advance to the WCWS, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The championship final will be a best-of-three-series. The WCWS will be conducted June 1-7 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
Only eight schools have been crowned champion, all of which are in this year’s bracket.
DATES/SITES/PAIRINGS: * Indicates host institution
Athens Regional - May 19-21 at Athens, Georgia
*No. 11 Georgia (51-13) vs. Georgia Southern (34-33)
Coastal Carolina (39-20) vs. Florida State (41-26)
Los Angeles Regional - May 19-21 at Los Angeles, California
*No. 1 UCLA (43-7) vs. Missouri State (40-15)
Long Beach State (30-20) vs. San Diego State (32-13)
Gainesville Regional - May 19-21 at Gainesville, Florida
North Carolina (48-17) vs. South Florida (47-23)
Florida Atlantic (33-23) vs. *No. 16 Florida (42-23)
Ann Arbor Regional - May 19-21 at Ann Arbor, Michigan
*No. 9 Michigan (40-13) vs. Youngstown State (22-25)
Kent State (32-22) vs. Oklahoma (38-19-1)
Knoxville Regional - May 19-21 at Knoxville, Tennessee
Virginia Tech (38-19) vs. Louisville (42-8)
Tennessee Tech (50-13) vs. *No. 8 Tennessee (53-9)
Tuscaloosa Regional - May 19-21 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama
*No. 5 Alabama (49-9) vs. Mississippi Valley (23-28)
Florida A&M (39-23) vs. Georgia Tech (46-20)
Fresno Regional - May 19-21 at Fresno, California
Cal State Fullerton (36-22) vs. *Fresno State (35-17)
Tulsa (34-22) vs. No. 12 Stanford (38-15)
Amherst Regional - May 19-21 at Amherst, Massachusetts
No. 13 Texas A&M (33-17) vs. Lehigh (41-12)
Albany (New York) (36-11-1) vs. *Massachusetts (37-14)
Evanston Regional - May 19-21 at Evanston, Illinois
Notre Dame (38-19) vs. UC Santa Barbara (24-20)
Southern Illinois (34-11) vs. *No. 4 Northwestern (42-12)
Austin Regional - May 19-21 at Austin, Texas
*No. 3 Texas (49-7) vs.Texas-San Antonio (37-12)
Utah (38-19) vs. Indiana (29-23-1)
Provo Regional - May 18-20 at Provo, Utah
Kansas (34-24) vs. *Brigham Young (42-20)
Southern Utah (34-30) vs. No. 14 Washington (32-23)
Hempstead Regional - May 19-21 at Hempstead, New York
Penn State (37-15) vs.*Hofstra (36-18)
Long Island (34-21) vs. No. 6 Arizona State (46-13)
Corvallis Regional - May 19-21 at Corvallis, Oregon
*No. 7 Oregon State (38-13) vs. Nevada (33-31)
Portland State (37-18) vs. Baylor (36-20)
Iowa City Regional - May 19-21 at Iowa City, Iowa
Nebraska (42-10) vs. *Iowa (39-20)
Illinois State (37-14) vs. No. 10 California (44-12)
Baton Rouge Regional - May 19-21 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana
*No. 15 LSU (51-12) vs. Princeton (34-17)
Louisiana-Lafayette (48-10) vs. North Carolina State (48-19)
Tucson Regional - May 18-20 at Tucson, Arizona
Auburn (34-20) vs.Ohio State (38-21)
Marist (33-11) vs. *No. 2 Arizona (44-9)