This weekend starts the journey to Oklahoma City for the NCAA Tournament Women’s College Softball Tournament. Here is my predictions for each regional and overall tournament outlook. Click here for interactive bracket.
We will begin by in depth look in regionals involving the Sunshine State teams.
Gainesville Regional : # 2 Florida, USF, Georgia Southern, Hampton.
Last year in Gainesville, USF led by star pitcher Sarah Nevins won the regional knocking off the Gators. The Bulls would go on to advance to the College World Series by winning super regional at home over Hoftstra. Gators Head Coach Tim Walton kick off three starters on night before regional started in Kasey Fagan, Sami Fagon, and Cheyenee Coyle. The Gators who were 5th seed in nation were upset in opening game by Florida Gulf Coast 2-1 and had to play themselves out of losers bracket and would eventually lose to the Bulls in the regional championship final. This year the Gators come in rolling after winning SEC Regular season and conference tournament championships. Check out video previews from the voice of the Gators Adam Shick and former Gator great Megan Bush right here courtesy of Gatorzone.com.
My pick – #2 Florida over USF
Mobile Regional : # 13 South Alabama, Florida State, Mississippi State, Miss Valley State.
The Seminoles get sent out to Mobile, Alabama to take on one of the bigger suprises in South Alabama who come in as 13 seed after winning Sun Belt Tournament. The Noles are coming off a season where they won ACC Regular season title but loss to North Carolina State in ACC Tournament Championship Game in Tallahassee. South Alabama beat Mississippi State, and LSU among others during the regular season. Here is a preview of the Seminoles in the reginals courtesy of Seminoles.com.
Other Regional Picks
Norman Regional : 1 Oklahoma over Arkansas
Eugene Regional : 3 Oregon over Wisconsin
Austin Regional : 4 Texas over South Carolina
Tempe Regional : 5 Arizona State over Georgia
Columbia Regional : 6 Missouri over Hofstra
Knoxville Regional : 7 Tennessee over North Carolina State
Ann Arbour Regional : 8 Michigan over California
Baton Rouge Regional : 9 LSU over Louisiana Lafayette. For more details on preview of this regional check out LSU SID Matt Dunaway interview with LSU Softball Head Coach Beth Torina who also coaches the NPF USSSA Pride here in Central Florida on LSUSports.net
Alabama Regional : 10 Alabama over Western Kentucky
Seattle Regional : 11 Washington over Hawaii
Lexington Regional : Notre Dame over 12 Kentucky
Lincoln Regional : Stanford over 14 Nebraska
Louisville Regional : UCLA over 15 Louisville
College Station Regional : Baylor over 16 Texas AM
For more details on NCAA Softball Regional previews take a look at Graham Hays preview.
My picks for Oklahoma City
1- Oklahoma over Baylor in 2
2- Florida over UCLA in 3
3- Oregon over Stanford in 2
4- Texas over 13 South Alabama in 3
5- Arizona State over Notre Dame in 2
6- Missouri over 11 Washington in 2
7- Tennessee over 10 Alabama in 3
9- LSU over 8 Michigan in 3
National Champion – 1- Oklahoma over 5Arizona State in 3
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.