5/9 Softball Bracketology Breakdown

Last Four In: Illinois, Arizona State, North Carolina, Kansas
First Four Out: Boston College, Penn State, Indiana, Oklahoma State
Florida further strengthened its case for the number one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament after sweeping Florida State and having little trouble with Arkansas this weekend. If the Gators win their first SEC Tournament, it could be the final win that they need to secure the top spot in the NCAA Tournament. Michigan rolled over Rutgers to another three game sweep and claimed their ninth consecutive Big Ten Conference regular season championship. The key for the Wolverines will be their ability to stay consistent offensively and beat a quality team like Minnesota if they were to cross paths with the Golden Gophers in the Big Ten Conference Tournament. UCLA with their sweep of Utah in Salt Lake City, which is never easy, now has to patiently wait and see if they can get a little bit of help during conference tournament play this week in order to sneak into a top eight national seed. Washington and LSU had a highly competitive three game series this weekend down in Baton Rouge. Allie Walljasper’s walk-off solo homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Tigers a 5-4 win, clinching the series for LSU two games to one. This series should prove to be highly beneficial for both programs as they move forward in postseason play. As far as the bubble is concerned if Boston College can make some noise in the upcoming ACC Conference Tournament, the door is open for them to play their way into the field.
ACC: Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame, North Carolina
American: UCF, Tulsa, South Florida
Big East: St. John’s
Big 12: Baylor, Oklahoma*, Texas, Kansas
Big Ten: Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Illinois
Pac-12: Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon*, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Oregon State, California
SEC: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, South Carolina
A-10: Fordham
America East: Binghamton
A-Sun: USC Upstate
Big Sky: Weber State
Big South: Longwood
Big West: Cal State Fullerton*, Long Beach State
CAA: James Madison
C-USA: Florida Atlantic
Horizon: Illinois-Chicago
Ivy: Harvard
MAAC: Marist
MAC: Kent State
MEAC: Delaware State
MVC: Wichita State
MWC: Fresno State*
NEC: LIU Brooklyn
OVC: Jacksonville State
Patriot: Lehigh
Southern: Samford
Southland: McNeese State
Summit: North Dakota State
Sun Belt: Louisiana, South Alabama, Texas State
SWAC: Texas Southern
WAC: New Mexico State