ELOOnline : NCAA Softball Tournament Preview

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.

My pick- # 13 South Alabama over Florida State.

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.