Sunday, May 14, 2006
Updated: May 15, 9:38 AM ET
UCLA nabs top seed in NCAA softball tourney
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ten-time national champion UCLA was seeded
No. 1 on the bracket for the NCAA softball tournament announced
The Bruins (43-7), who lost the championship series 2-1 to
Michigan last season, begin play at home Friday against Missouri
Arizona (44-9), which has the second most NCAA titles with six,
is the No. 2 seed and will face Marist in the opening round.
Texas (49-7) was seeded third after losing its first two games
at the Big 12 tournament. Northwestern (42-12) was seeded fourth,
followed by Alabama (49-9), Arizona State (46-13), Oregon State
(38-13) and Tennessee (53-9).
Arizona State is the only team among the top nine seeds that
won't begin play in a regional at home. The Sun Devils open
tournament play Friday against Long Island in a regional hosted by
Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y.
No. 9 seed Michigan (40-13) hosts the Ann Arbor Regional, where
Oklahoma (38-19), the runnerup in the Big 12 Conference tournament,
will take on Kent State.
The only other Oklahoma team making the tournament is USA
Conference winner Tulsa (34-22), which will play in the Fresno
Regional in Fresno, Calif.
Regional games will be held Thursday through Sunday, with super
regionals to be held on campus sites May 26-27.
The final eight teams advance to the Women's College World
Series June 1-7 in Oklahoma City.