13 teams play softball in the Southeastern Conference. 13 teams made the 2018 NCAA Softball Tournament field. If that surprises you, well, I’m guessing you haven’t paid attention.
The NCAA Selection Committee revealed the field to the public on Sunday night. As such, it was noted that all 13 teams who represent the SEC will be playing at least through the upcoming first weekend of the Tournament.
Florida earned their auto-bid with their victory over South Carolina on Saturday in the SEC Softball Tournament Finals. The Gamecocks will also be playing in this weekend’s festivities, as they extend their season even despite their demise to the Gators. Joining them are Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Nine teams will be hosting regionals this coming weekend. Those teams are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M. The full listing of hosts, plus their seedings, are found below:
- Florida State
- Arizona State
- South Carolina
- Texas A&M
So, as we can see, the SEC was pretty well represented among the 16 national seeds. They had four in the Top 10 including 2-seeded Florida, 7 in the Top 13 and, in total, 9 in the Top 16. Texas A&M and Kentucky finessed their way at the 15th and 16th spots to secure hosting for at least this upcoming weekend.
As for the other teams, tests are all over the place. Mississippi State is tasked with playing in the Tucson Regional, where a fierce, 14th-seeded Arizona club no doubt awaits. Additionally, Auburn will be playing in the Tallahassee Regional where the top dogs are, of course, 6th-seeded FSU. Mizzou will have a stern test in the form of 4th-seeded Oklahoma in the Norman Regional, meanwhile. And finally, Ole Miss, like their rivals, will start in Arizona. But as opposed to Tucson, the Rebels begin in Tempe, where the Arizona State Sun Devils await.
This Tournament, as always, should be a blast and prove to be a mountain of fun. Best of luck to all remain, and of course: We’ll be your one-stop shop for all things softball in the coming weeks!