NCAA Softball Tournament Predictions

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Samantha CookeCorrespondent IMay 11, 2009

The NCAA softball regular season has come to an end and all the conferences have officially concluded their tournaments. With the Women's College World Series just around the corner, the 64-team field was announced on Sunday.

The automatic bids are: Florida (SEC), Michigan (Big Ten), Missouri (Big 12), Notre Dame (Big East), UCLA (Pac-10), Georgia Tech (ACC), Boston University (America East), Bradley (MVC), Cleveland State (Horizon), Miami-OH (MAC), Cal Poly (Big West), UMass (A-10), Radford (Big South), James Madison (Colonial), Cornell (Ivy), Florida A&M (MEAC), N. Dakota State (Summit), Tulsa (C-USA), TCU (Mtn. West), LA-Lafayette (Sun Belt), Fresno State (WAC), Texas State (Southland), Lehigh (Patriot), and Chattanooga (Southern).

With the new format, there will be 16 host schools for the regionals. The top eight seeds will host the super regionals.

The top eight seeds will be:

1. Florida
2. UCLA
3. Alabama
4. Washington
5. Georgia
6. Michigan
7. Arizona
8. Oklahoma

The 16 host schools will be:

1. Florida
2. UCLA
3. Alabama
4. Texas (Washington)
5. Georgia
6. Michigan
7. UMass (Arizona)
8. Oklahoma
9. Florida State
10. Georgia Tech
11. LA-Lafayette (Stanford)
12. Arizona State
13. Missouri
14. Ohio State
15. North Carolina
16. Tennessee

The teams in parentheses are the actual seeds. For example, Texas will host, but Washington is the No. 4 seed.

The regionals will be played the weekend of May 15. The super regionals will follow the weekend after.

The Women's College World Series will start May 28.

Prediction for the national champion? Florida—they have pitching, stellar hitting, and one of the top defenses in the country. With only three losses all season, no one will stop this outstanding team.

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