ELOOnline: NCAA Softball Tournament Projections II

This is the last week of the College Softball regular season. Here is a look at the projected 64-team  field of the 2013 NCAA tournament as well as the teams in position to host regionals and get a national seed.

1- Oklahoma  (43-3)

2- Florida   (47-6)

3- Oregon (40-7)

4- LSU (40-11)

5- Texas ( 42-6)

6- Tennessee (42-7)

7- Alabama (40-10)

8- Arizona State (41-7)

Teams to Host Regionals

9- Michigan  (41-9)

10- Washington (34-13)

11- Nebraska (37-11)

12- Missouri (29-9)

13- California (35-11)   * Projecting Cal’s Star pitcher Jolene Henderson to return for NCAA Tournament.

14- Kentucky  (36-16)

15- Louisville (44-8)

16-Florida State (39-15)

Teams In Contention to Host,  Stanford, Texas A&M, UCLA, Louisiana-Lafayette, South Alabama.

Conferences- Projected teams in the field- (RPI Ranking)

America East-  Albany (128)

Atlantic 10-  St Joseph’s (83)

ACC (4)-  Florida State (19), Virginia Tech (31),  North Carolina (38), North Carolina State (42)

Atlantic Sun- USC Upstate (46)

Big 12(3)- Oklahoma (1), Texas (2), Baylor (25),

Big East(4) – Louisville (16), DePaul (40), South Florida (43), Notre Dame (44),

Big South – Campbell (116)

Big 10 (5) – Nebraska (6), Michigan (12), Wisconsin (23), Minnesota (29), Northwestern (45)

Big Sky- Idaho State (182)

Big West-  Hawaii (22),

Colonial (2)- Hofstra (24),  James Madison(39),

Conference USA(3) – Tulsa (26), UAB (36), Houston (37),

Horizon League- Loyola- Chicago (130)

Ivy League- Dartmouth (194)

Metro Atlantic – Fairfield (176)

MAC- Ball State (63)

MEAC- Hampton (217)

Missouri Valley-   Creighton (69)

Mountain West- San Diego State (49),

Northeast- Central Connecticut State (118)

Ohio Valley- Eastern Illinois (61)

Pacific Coast- BYU (132)

PAC 12 (8) – Oregon (5), Arizona State (8), Washington (9), California (14), UCLA (18), Stanford (20), Arizona (32), Oregon State (33)

Patriot League – Lehigh ( 126)

SEC (10) – Florida (3), LSU (4), Alabama (7), Tennessee (10), Kentucky (11),Missouri (13), Texas A&M (17), Arkansas (27), Mississippi State (30), Georgia (35),

Southern – Appalachain State (87)

Southland – McNeese State (81)

SWAC – Texas Southern  (242)

Sun Belt (3) -South Alabama (15), Louisiana- Lafayette (21), Western Kentucky (28),

Summit -North Dakota State (72)

WAC – New Mexico State (76)

Last 5 In-  James Madison, Notre Dame, Northwestern , Virginia Tech, Mississippi State

Last 5 Out-  South Carolina (40), Illinois State (47), Iowa (34), Georgia State (48), Kansas (55)


Key Series  to look for this weekend.

MEAC-  Hampton vs Norfolk State,  Hampton and Norfolk State both sit at 14-1  and face off this weekend in a 3 game series.MEAC Tournament will be interesting to follow as Hampton, Norfolk State, and Bethune Cookman have all dominated the conference with only one loss  heading into the last weekend of regular season play.

CUSA-  UAB at Houston.  Houston needs to sweep UAB to win CUSA Regular season title while UAB only needs to win 1 game to clinch regular season title which would be the first for UAB since CUSA change to current  conference in 2006.

Big East-  Louisville at Notre Dame.  Showdown for the Big East title  as   which ever teams wins 2/3 in this series, wins Big East regular season title. Both Louisville and Notre Dame come in at 17-2 in the conference while USF right behind at 18-3. The Bulls will host the final Big East tournament as we know it next weekend.

SEC-  Florida at South Carolina-  Gators come in to final weekend  1/2 game back of Tennessee for SEC Title. South Carolina is fresh off a stunning sweep win at Mississippi State to move to 10th and final spot for SEC Tournament with one weekend left. If the  Gamecocks have a good showing with a  win over Florida may be enough to get into the NCAA Tournament if not the SEC Tournament.

Tennessee at Missouri-  The Vols are hoping to hold on to SEC lead but have a tough trip to face Chelsea Thomas and Missouri. The Vols will need to match whatever Florida does this weekend and and Georgia beats LSU it least once  to win SEC.

LSU    at Georgia-  LSU coming off a huge sweep of Alabama.  Rachelle Fico was huge in series sweep against the defending national champions with two wins  but did not win SEC pitcher of week somehow. Big drop of the ball by the SEC offices, no excuses for that. Fico  and the Tigers need to sweep Georgia , win by South Carolina over Florida and Missouri to win 2 of 3 over Tennesseee to claim SEC Title.  More importantly Tigers look to improve chances of being a national seed  and Fico’s chances of winning the elusive SEC Pitcher of Year Award with strong showing against Georgia.

Eric Lopez is the producer of The David Baumann Show  which comes   to  you  live Monday through Friday 6-9am from the Sports Talk  1080  Studios  in  Orlando. Lopez also been UCF Softball play by play announcer since 2007.