3/7 Softball Bracketology Breakdown

North Carolina Central Softball
Last Four In: Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Ohio State, San Diego State
First Four Out: Texas Tech, North Carolina, Florida Gulf Coast, Texas State
North Dakota State’s Jacquelyn Sertic pitched lights out against Alabama on Saturday as the Bison upset the Crimson Tide 2-1 in Tuscaloosa. Jailyn Ford of James Madison continued her outstanding start to the 2016 season by handcuffing Arizona on Sunday, leading the Dukes to a 4-2 win over the Wildcats on Sunday afternoon. Oregon and pitcher Cheridan Hawkins are starting to find their rhythm that made them the prohibitive favorites in the Pac-12 Conference prior to the season. They rallied to beat a very good Florida Atlantic team on Saturday down in Las Vegas. Minnesota showed excellent resolve in Athens on Sunday against Georgia by rallying to beat a surging Bulldogs team 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. Don’t sleep on LSU. Freshman Sydney Smith threw the fourth perfect game on Friday night in an 8-0 win over Tennessee Tech. That performance was followed up by Carley Hoover’s no-hitter on Sunday afternoon over the same Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles squad.


ACC: Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh
American: UCF, Tulsa
Big East: St. John’s
Big 12: Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas
Big Ten: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State
Pac-12: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Oregon State
SEC: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M
A-10: Fordham
America East: Stony Brook
A-Sun: USC Upstate
Big Sky: Weber State
Big South: Longwood
Big West: Long Beach State
CAA: Hofstra, James Madison
C-USA: Florida Atlantic, Western Kentucky
Horizon: Illinois-Chicago
Ivy: Dartmouth
MAAC: Fairfield
MAC: Kent State
MEAC: Bethune-Cookman
MVC: Wichita State
MWC: Fresno State, San Diego State
NEC: Central Connecticut State
OVC: Tennessee Tech
Patriot: Lehigh
Southern: Chattanooga
Southland: Northwestern State
Summit: North Dakota State
Sun Belt: Louisiana, South Alabama
SWAC: Alabama State
WAC: New Mexico State