The 2018 NCAA Division I Softball Championship bracket will be announced Sunday, May 13 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
The Division I Softball Championship provides for a field of 64 teams to compete in the national tournament. Of the 64 teams, 32 teams will receive automatic qualification with the remaining best 32 teams selected on an at-large basis by the Division I Softball Committee. Sixteen teams will be seeded and each of the seeded teams will be placed at one of the regional sites.
Regionals for the NCAA Division I Softball Championship will be held May 18-20, 2018 on 16 campus sites. At each campus site, a four-team, double-elimination tournament will be conducted and the 16 winning teams advanced to the Super Regionals.
Super Regionals for the NCAA Division I Softball Championship will be held May 24-27, 2018 on eight campus sites. At each site, two teams play in a best-of-three tournament format. The winners from each site advance to the NCAA Women’s College World Series.
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The 2018 NCAA Women’s College World Series will be held at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field in Oklahoma City, May 31- June 5/6, 2018. The eight teams will compete in a double elimination bracket with the final two teams then competing in a best of three format. This is the 37th annual NCAA Division I Softball Championship and the 28th time that Oklahoma City and USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field will host this premier college softball championship event.
— NCAA Softball (@NCAAsoftball) May 7, 2018
UCLA is currently the No. 1 ranked team in the country according to the latest USA Today/NFCA Coaches Top 25 poll. The Bruins are 48-3. Oregon and Oklahoma follow the Bruins.
Last year, Oklahoma won its second consecutive national championship, and third in the last five years. The Sooners swept Florida in the best of three title series, including a 5-4 victory in the decisive second game.