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2022 NCAA Div. I softball tournament: Schedule, game times, TV info, bracket, past champions

  • May 20, 2022

Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City is mapped out. Here’s a look at the NCAA softball tournament schedule and national seeds.

Defending national champion Oklahoma has been ranked No. 1 in the nation all season long and enters the NCAA Tournament as the top overall seed and prohibitive favorite to win a sixth national title.

Florida State, last year’s WCWS runner-up, is the No. 2 overall seed. The Seminoles are followed by No. 3 Virginia Tech, No. 4 Arkansas, No. 5 UCLA, No. 6 Alabama, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 9 Northwestern, No. 10 Clemson, No. 11 Tennessee, No. 12 Duke, No. 13 Washington, No. 14 Florida, No. 15 Missouri and No. 16 Central Florida.

Regional play begins Friday at the sites of the top 16 seeds. The top eight seeds will host super regionals on May 26-29 with the winners advancing to the Women’s College World Series beginning June 2. 

NCAA softball tournament regionals

All Times p.m. and ET, unless noted (Double elimination; x-if necessary):

Norman (Okla.) Regional

Friday

Game 1: Texas AM (29-26) vs. Minnesota (26-24-1), 5 (ESPN2) 

Game 2: No. 1 Oklahoma (49-2) vs. Prairie View AM (20-28), 7:30 (ESPN+)

Saturday

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, TBA

Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, TBA

Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, TBA

Sunday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBA

x-Game 7: Game 6 opponents, TBA

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Orlando (Fla.) Regional

Friday

Game 1: Michigan 2,  South Dakota State 1

Game 2: No. 16 Central Florida (46-12) 6, Villanova 0

Saturday

Game 3: Michigan vs. Central Florida, TBA

Game 4: South Dakota State vs. Villanova, TBA

Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, TBA

Sunday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBA

x-Game 7: Game 6 opponents, TBA

Evanston (Ill.) Regional

Frida

Game 1: McNeese 11, Notre Dame 1

Game 2: No. 9 Northwestern (40-10) vs. Oakland (26-15), 4:30 (ESPN+)

Saturday

Game 3: McNeese vs. Game 2 winner, TBA

Game 4: Notre Dame vs. Game 2 loser, TBA

Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, TBA

Sunday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBA

x-Game 7: Game 6 opponents, TBA

Tempe (Ariz.) Regional

Friday

Game 1: LSU (34-21) vs. San Diego State (37-14), 8 (ESPN2)

Game 2: No. 8 Arizona State (39-9) vs. Cal State-Fullerton (36-20), 10:30 (ESPN+)

Saturday

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, TBA

Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, TBA

Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, TBA

Sunday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBA

x-Game 7: Game 6 opponents, TBA

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Blacksburg (Va.) Regional

Friday

Game 1: No. 3 Virginia Tech 4, vs. St. Francis (Pa.) 0

Game 2: Kentucky (35-17) vs. Miami (Ohio) (39-15-1), 4:30 (ESPN+)

Saturday

Game 3: Virgina Tech vs. Game 2 winner, TBA

Game 4: St. Francis (Pa.) vs. Game 2 loser, TBA

Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, TBA

Sunday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBA

x-Game 7: Game 6 opponents, TBA

Gainesville (Fla.) Regional

Friday

Game 1: Georgia Tech 2, Wisconsin 1

Game 2: No. 14 Florida (43-16) vs. Canisius (32-16), 4:30 (ESPN+)

Saturday

Game 3: Georgia Tech vs. Game 2 winner, TBA

Game 4: Wisconsin vs. Game 2 loser, TBA

Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, TBA

Sunday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBA

x-Game 7: Game 6 opponents, TBA

Knoxville (Tenn.) Regional

Friday

Game 1: Ohio State (35-15) vs. Oregon State (33-19), 4 (ESPNU)

Game 2: No. 11 Tennessee (39-16) vs. Campbell (37-17), 6:30 (ESPN+)

Saturday

Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, TBA

Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, TBA

Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, TBA

Sunday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBA

x-Game 7: Game 6 opponents, TBA

Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Regional

Friday

Game 1: No. 6 Alabama (41-11) vs. Chattanooga (29-25), 4 (SEC Network)

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Clemson (S.C.) Regional

Friday

Game 1: No. 10 Clemson 9, UNC-Wilmington 0

Game 2: Auburn 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 3

Saturday

Game 3: Clemson vs. Auburn, TBA

Game 4: UNC-Wilmington vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, TBA

Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, TBA

Sunday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBA

x-Game 7: Game 6 opponents, TBA

Columbia (Mo.) Regional

Friday

Game 1: No. 15 Missouri 3, Missouri State 1

Game 2: Illinois (34-20) vs. Arizona (33-20), 4:30 (ESPN+)

Saturday

Game 3: Missouri vs. Game 2 winner, TBA

Game 4: Missouri State vs. Game 2 loser, TBA

Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 winner, TBA

Sunday

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 5 winner, TBA

x-Game 7: Game 6 opponents, TBA

Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional

Friday

Game 1: Mississippi State (33-24) vs. South Florida (44-14), 6 (ESPNU)

NCAA Super Regionals

Schedule TBD from May 26-29

Women’s College World Series

June 2-9/10 at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City (times subject to change):

Thursday, June 2

Game 1: Noon 

Game 2: 2:30

Game 3: 7

Game 4: 9:30

Friday, June 3

Game 5: G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 7

Game 6: G3 loser vs. G4 loser, 9:30

Saturday, June 4

Game 7: G1 winner vs. G2 winner, 3

Game 8: G3 winner vs. G4 winner, 7

Sunday, June 5

Game 9: G5 winner vs. G7 loser, 3

Game 10: G6 winner vs. G8 loser, 7

Monday, June 6

Game 11: G7 winner vs. G9 winner, Noon

Game 12 (if necessary): 2:30

Game 13: G8 winner vs. G10 winner), 7

Game 14 (if necessary): 9:30

WCWS finals

Game 1: Wednesday, June 8, 8:30

Game 2: Thursday, June 9, 7:30

Game 3 : June 10 (if necessary), 8:30

Printable 2022 NCAA Softball Championship bracket 

Previous NCAA softball champions

2021: Oklahoma (56-4)

2020: Canceled due to pandemic

2019: UCLA (56-6)

2018: Florida State (58-12)

2017: Oklahoma (61-9)

2016: Oklahoma (57-8)

2015: Florida (60-7)

2014: Florida (55-12)

2013: Oklahoma (57-4)

2012: Alabama (60-8)

2011: Arizona State (60-6)

2010: UCLA (50-14-1)

2009: Washington (51-12)

2008: Arizona State (66-5)

2007: Arizona (50-14-1)

2006: Arizona (54-11)

2005: Michigan (65-7)

2004: UCLA (47-9)

2003: UCLA (54-7)

2002: California (56-19)

2001: Arizona (65-4)

2000: Oklahoma (66-8)

1999: UCLA (63-6)

1998: Fresno State (52-11)

1997: Arizona State (61-5)

1996: Arizona (58-9)

1995: UCLA (50-6)

1994: Arizona (64-3)

1993: Arizona (44-8)

1992: UCLA (54-2)

1991: Arizona (56-16)

1990: UCLA (62-7)

1989: UCLA (48-4)

1988: UCLA (53-8)

1987: Texas AM (56-8)

1986: Cal State Fullerton (57-9-1)

1985: UCLA (41-9)

1984: UCLA (45-6-1)

1983: Texas AM (41-11)

1982: UCLA (33-7-2)

Contributing: The Associated Press 

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