The college softball season is inching closer to the excitement of the 2019 Women’s College World Series. Here is your first look at the printable bracket of the 2019 NCAA DI softball tournament.
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2019 Women’s College World Series Bracket
The selection show
The selection show for the 2019 DI softball tournament will be on Sunday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET and can be seen on ESPN2.
So, who gets selected?
Building a softball bracket
The 2019 Division I softball tournament begins with a 64-team field. Of those 64 teams, half will earn an automatic bid. That makes 32 teams earning their ticket to the 2019 DI softball tournament by winning one of the 32 conferences in Division I. The remaining 32 teams will be selected by the committee as at-large bids.
What are some of the criteria the committee will be looking at?
- Won-lost record
- Strength of schedule
- Eligibility and availability of student-athletes
- Head-to-head competition
DI softball tournament format
Once the field is selected on May 12, 16 teams will be awarded seeds and host the 16 regional sites. There, four teams play a double-elimination regional tournament to see which team advances to the Super Regionals.
The 16 teams that advance will play a head-to-head best of three super regionals at eight selected sites. The Super Regionals will occur either Thursday to Saturday, May 23-25 or Friday to Sunday, May 24-26. The eight remaining teams advance to the 2019 Women’s College World Series to be played in Oklahoma City for the 23rd consecutive season. Games will be played from Thursday, May 30 to Wednesday, June 5 at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium-OGE Energy Field.
|Date||Event||Time (ET)||How to watch|
|May 12||Selection show||9 p.m.||ESPN2|
|May 17-19||Regional tournaments*||TBD||TBD|
|May 23-25||Super Regionals||TBD||TBD|
|May 24-26||Super Regionals||TBD||TBD|
|May 30-June 5||Women’s College World Series||TBD||TBD|
*Regional tournaments can be played Thursday, May 16 to Saturday, May 20 for schools with a no-competition-on-Sunday policy.
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History of the Women’s College World Series
UCLA defeated Fresno State to bring home the first WCWS title in 1982. Since then, there have been 36 more titles claimed, with the Bruins winning 12 themselves. Arizona isn’t far behind with 10 of its own. Florida State won its first-ever DI softball championship last year.
Here is the complete history of the Women’s College World Series winners and runners-up.
|2018||*Florida State (58-12)||Lonni Alameda||8-3||Washington||Oklahoma City|
|2017||*Oklahoma (61-9)||Patty Gasso||5-4||Florida||Oklahoma City|
|2016||Oklahoma (57-8)||Patty Gasso||2-1||Auburn||Oklahoma City|
|2015||Florida (60-7)||Tim Walton||4-1||Michigan||Oklahoma City|
|2014||*Florida (55-12)||Tim Walton||6-3||Alabama||Oklahoma City|
|2013||*Oklahoma (57-4)||Patty Gasso||4-0||Tennessee||Oklahoma City|
|2012||Alabama (60-8)||Patrick Murphy||5-4||Oklahoma||Oklahoma City|
|2011||*Arizona State (60-6)||Clint Myers||7-2||Florida||Oklahoma City|
|2010||*UCLA (50-11)||Kelly Inouye-Perez||15-9||Arizona||Oklahoma City|
|2009||Washington (51-12)||Heather Tarr||3-2||Florida||Oklahoma City|
|2008||*Arizona State (66-5)||Clint Myers||11-0||Texas A&M||Oklahoma City|
|2007||Arizona (50-14-1)||Mike Candrea||5-0||Tennessee||Oklahoma City|
|2006||Arizona (54-11)||Mike Candrea||5-0||Northwestern||Oklahoma City|
|2005||Michigan (65-7)||Carol Hutchins||4-1||UCLA||Oklahoma City|
|2004||UCLA (47-9)||Sue Enquist||3-1||California||Oklahoma City|
|2003||UCLA (54-7)||Sue Enquist||1-0||California||Oklahoma City|
|2002||California (56-19)||Diane Ninemire||6-0||Arizona||Oklahoma City|
|2001||*Arizona (65-4)||Mike Candrea||1-0||UCLA||Oklahoma City|
|2000||*Oklahoma (66-8)||Patty Gasso||3-1||UCLA||Oklahoma City|
|1999||*UCLA (63-6)||Sue Enquist||3-2||Washington||Oklahoma City|
|1998||Fresno State (52-11)||Margie Wright||1-0||Arizona||Oklahoma City|
|1997||Arizona (61-5)||Mike Candrea||10-2||UCLA||Oklahoma City|
|1996||*Arizona (58-9)||Mike Candrea||6-4||Washington||Columbus, Ga.|
|1995||*UCLA (50-6)||Sharron Backus||4-2||Arizona||Oklahoma City|
|1994||*Arizona (64-3)||Mike Candrea||2-0||Cal State Northridge||Oklahoma City|
|1993||Arizona (44-8)||Mike Candrea||1-0||UCLA||Oklahoma City|
|1992||*UCLA (54-2)||Sharron Backus||2-0||Arizona||Oklahoma City|
|1991||Arizona (56-16)||Mike Candrea||5-1||UCLA||Oklahoma City|
|1990||UCLA (62-7)||Sharron Backus||2-0||Fresno State||Oklahoma City|
|1989||*UCLA (48-4)||Sharron Backus||1-0||Fresno State||Sunnyvale, Calif.|
|1988||UCLA (53-8)||Sharron Backus||3-0||Fresno State||Sunnyvale, Calif.|
|1987||Texas A&M (56-8)||Bob Brock||4-1||UCLA||Omaha, Neb.|
|1986||*Cal State Fullerton (57-9-1)||Judi Garman||3-0||Texas A&M||Omaha, Neb.|
|1985||UCLA (41-9)||Sharron Backus||2-1||Nebraska||Omaha, Neb.|
|1984||UCLA (45-6-1)||Sharron Backus||1-0||Texas A&M||Omaha, Neb.|
|1983||Texas A&M (41-11)||Bob Brock||2-0||Cal State Fullerton||Omaha, Neb.|
|1982||*UCLA (33-7-2)||Sharron Backus||2-0||Fresno State||Omaha, Neb.|