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NCAA softball tournament bracket: Texas gets top seed; Oklahoma seeks 4th straight title

Oklahoma's Ella Parker (5) reacts after being named the tournament's most outstanding player after the Sooners defeated Texas in the Big 12 softball tournament championship game.

The NCAA Division I softball tournament field has been announced, and once again the ultimate destination is Oklahoma City for the Women鈥檚 College World Series.

The 64-team bracket , with four-team regionals at 16 sites set to get underway later this week. Those 16 regional winners will advance to the super regionals, and those eight best-of-three series winners will move on to OKC. The event has been dominated by a certain program in recent years 鈥 more on that below 鈥攂ut this year鈥檚 tournament figures to be more wide open with numerous title contenders. Whether you鈥檙e new to the sport or a long-time follower, here鈥檚 what you need to know about the 2024 field.

Who are the top teams?

Oklahoma will be going for its fourth consecutive national title. The Sooners enter on a bit of a roll having won the Big 12 tournament, but they haven鈥檛 been as dominant this season. Fellow league members Texas and Oklahoma State should also be in the hunt. The SEC also has its share of high seeds, including league tournament champ Florida and perennial powers Tennessee and LSU, while UCLA and Stanford lead the west-coast candidates. If you鈥檙e looking for a possible newcomer to the WCWS, watch out for ACC champ Duke, hoping to reach Oklahoma City for the first time after superregional appearances the last two seasons.

Who are the top players?

Texas catcher Reese Atwood is one of the nation鈥檚 most dangerous sluggers, earning Big 12 player of the year honors mashing 21 homers and driving in a school record 86 runs. Oklahoma lost some star power from its recent title teams but still has Tiare Jennings (19 HR, 56 RBI). If you like pitching, Tennessee鈥檚 duo of Payton Gottshall and Carlyn Pickens, Oklahoma State ace Lexi Kilfoyl and Duke stopper Jala Wright are names to know.

NCAA softball tournament bracket, schedule

All times Eastern.

Regionals

At Austin, Texas

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: No. 1 Texas (47-7) vs. Siena (33-20), 4 p.m.
  • Game 2: Saint Francis (Pa.) (40-12) vs. Northwestern (33-11), 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Norman, Oklahoma

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: Boston University (52-4-1) vs. Oregon (28-19). 5:30 p.m.
  • Game 2: No. 2 Oklahoma (49-6) vs. Cleveland State (22-24), 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 5:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Knoxville, Tennessee

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: Miami (Ohio) (48-7) vs. Virginia (32-18), noon
  • Game 2: No. 3 Tennessee (40-10) vs. Dayton (33-19), 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Gainesville, Florida

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: No. 4 Florida (46-12) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (37-19), noon
  • Game 2: Florida Atlantic (41-14) vs. South Alabama (32-18-1), 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Stillwater, Oklahoma

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: Michigan (41-16) vs. Kentucky (30-22), 3 p.m.
  • Game 2: No. 5 Oklahoma State (44-10) vs. Northern 91影视 (27-24), 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Los Angeles

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: San Diego State (31-18) vs. Virginia Tech (39-12-1), 6 p.m.
  • Game 2: No. 6 UCLA (37-10) vs. Grand Canyon (48-11), 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 7:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 10 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Columbia, Missouri

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: Indiana (40-18) vs. Washington (31-13), 3 p.m.
  • Game 2: No. 7 Missouri (43-15) vs. Nebraska-Omaha (41-13), 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 5:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Stanford, California

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: Cal State Fullerton (36-17) vs. Mississippi State (33-18), 7:30 p.m.
  • Game 2: No. 8 Stanford (43-13) vs. Saint Mary's (30-22), 10 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 7:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 10 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: Southern Illinois (42-9) vs. California (36-17), 3:30 p.m.
  • Game 2: No. 9 LSU (40-15) vs. Jackson State (33-17), 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Durham, N.C.

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: Utah (34-20) vs. South Carolina (34-23), noon
  • Game 2: No. 10 Duke (47-6) vs. Morgan State (35-18) 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 11 a.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Athens, Georgia

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: Liberty (36-23) vs. Charlotte (38-16), 3 p.m.
  • Game 2: No. 11 Georgia (39-16) vs. UNC Wilmington (33-21), 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Fayetteville, Arkansas

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: Villanova (31-22) vs. Arizona (34-16-1), 6 p.m.
  • Game 2: No. 12 Arkansas (36-16) vs. Southeast Missouri State (28-24), 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 5:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Lafayette. Louisiana

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette (42-17) vs. Princeton (29-16), 5:30 p.m.
  • Game 2: Mississippi (31-25) vs. Baylor (32-20), 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 1 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: Southeastern Louisiana (45-13) vs. Clemson (34-17), 2 p.m.
  • Game 2: No. 14 Alabama (33-17) vs. USC Upstate (30-21), 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 5:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At Tallahassee, Florida

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: Auburn (27-19-1) vs. Central Florida (30-23), 2 p.m.
  • Game 2: No. 15 Florida State (43-14) vs. Chattanooga (42-14), 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 5:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

At College Station, Texas

Friday, May 17

  • Game 1: Penn State (33-18) vs. Texas State (45-13), 4 p.m.
  • Game 2: No. 16 Texas A&M (40-13) vs. Albany (33-12), 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18

  • Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
  • Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 5:30 p.m.
  • Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

  • Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD
  • Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBD, if necessary

Super regionals (May 23-25 or May 24-26)

Women's College World Series (May 30-June 6/7)

Women's College World Series bracket, schedule

At Devon Park, Oklahoma City (all times Eastern).

Thursday, May 30

  • Game 1:聽TBD vs. TBD, noon, ESPN
  • Game 2: TBD vs. TBD, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
  • Game 3: TBD vs. TBD, 7 p.m., ESPN2
  • Game 4: TBD vs. TBD, 9:30聽p.m., ESPN2

Friday, May 31

  • Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 7 p.m., ESPN2
  • Game 6: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2

Saturday, June 1

  • Game 7: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m., ABC
  • Game 8: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m., ESPN

Sunday, June 2

  • Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 3 p.m., ABC
  • Game 10: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Monday, June 3

  • Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, noon, ESPN
  • Game 12: Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 2:30 p.m., ESPN, if necessary
  • Game 13: Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 7 p.m., ESPN2
  • Game 14: Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2, if necessary

Wednesday, June 5

  • Championship series Game 1: TBD vs. TBD, 8 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, June 6

  • Championship series Game 2: TBD vs. TBD, 8 p.m., ESPN

Friday, June 7

  • Championship series Game 3: TBD vs TBD,聽8 p.m., ESPN, if necessary
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