Over the last four weeks, Alabama softball has not been playing like a top eight team. However due to the first ten weeks of Bama play, other teams faltering, and - let’s be honest - their reputation - the Crimson Tide still managed to land a top 8 seeding as the NCAA Committee generously rewarded Bama with the six seed. It is a VERY winnable Regional with two unheralded teams and the fourth place PAC-12 team who had a losing record in conference play.
Joining Alabama in the double-elimination Tuscaloosa Regional on May 20-22 are the following:
- Chattanooga (29-25) - The first NCAA tournament appearance for the Mocs since 2019.
- Murray State (40-16-1) - The Racers have participated in the NCAA tournament only one other time in 2017.
- Stanford (36-19) - The Cardinal finished fourth out of nine teams in the PAC-12 despite a 11-13 conference record.
The 6-seed translates to Alabama earning a favorable home field advantage for the Regionals and the Super-Regionals.
Should the Tide survive this double-elimination bracket - no gimme this season - they will face the winner of the Knoxville Regional that is hosted by the 11-seed Tennessee in the Super-Regional on May 26-28 in Tuscaloosa.
To nobody’s surprise, Oklahoma is the top seed. Florida State is next followed by Virginia Tech and then Arkansas.
- Florida State
- Virginia Tech
- Oklahoma State
- Arizona State
* Twelve of the 13 SEC teams are participating in the tournament. Others are Georgia (Duke), Auburn (Clemson), LSU (Arizona State), Ole Miss (UCLA), Kentucky (Virginia Tech), Mississippi State (FSU), Texas A&M (Oklahoma).