2014 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament

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The 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament was held from May 15 through June 5, 2014 as the final part of the 2014 NCAA Division I softball season. The 64 NCAA Division I college softball teams were selected out of an eligible 293 teams on May 11, 2014. 32 teams were awarded an automatic bid as champions of their conference, and 32 teams were selected at-large by the NCAA Division I Softball Selection Committee. The tournament culminated with 8 teams playing in the 2014 Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.[1]

New to the tournament[edit]

This season the number of automatic bids increased from 31 to 32. The change occurred after the original Big East Conference split along football lines into a new non-football Big East Conference and the football-sponsoring American Athletic Conference. Also new this season was the WCC, which began sponsoring softball after the Pacific Tigers returned to the conference.[2] The WCC replaced the Pacific Coast Softball Conference, which dissolved after all its members joined either the WCC or the WAC.

Automatic Bids[edit]

The Big 12, Big West, Mountain West, Pac-12, and West Coast Conference bids went to the regular season champion. All other conferences had the automatic bid go to the conference tournament winner.

National Seeds[edit]

Teams in "italics" advanced to Super Regionals. Teams in "bold" advanced to Women's College World Series.

  1. Oregon
  2. Alabama
  3. UCLA
  4. Georgia
  5. Florida
  6. UL Lafayette
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Florida State
  9. Arizona State
  10. Tennessee
  11. Arizona
  12. Washington
  13. Baylor
  14. Kentucky
  15. Missouri
  16. Minnesota

Regionals and Super Regionals[edit]

The Regionals took place May 15–18 with Seattle being May 15–17 and all other regionals May 16–18. The Super Regionals took place from May 22–25.

Eugene Super Regional[edit]

  First Round Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
1  Oregon 12  
 Utah Valley 1 5  
  1  Oregon 6  
   Wisconsin 1  
 Albany 0
 Wisconsin 1  
  1  Oregon 6 -  
Eugene Regional
   Wisconsin 0 -  
 Utah Valley 3  
 Albany 4  
   Albany 4
   Wisconsin 8  
  1  Oregon 10 6 -
  16  Minnesota 2 6 2 -
16  Minnesota 10  
 Green Bay 1 5  
  16  Minnesota 4
   North Dakota State 1 10  
 North Dakota State 5
 Auburn 2  
  16  Minnesota 3 8
Minneapolis Regional
   Auburn 4 8 6  
 Green Bay 1  
 Auburn 9 5  
   Auburn 1
   North Dakota State 0  

Tallahassee Super Regional[edit]

  First Round Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
9  Arizona State 8  
 Dartmouth 0 5  
  9  Arizona State 4  
   Michigan 1  
 San Diego State 7
 Michigan 8 9  
  9  Arizona State 3 4  
Tempe Regional
   Michigan 4 5  
 Dartmouth 0  
 San Diego State 8 6  
   San Diego State 1
   Michigan 9 6  
   Michigan 17 0 2
  8  Florida State 3 6 6 4
8  Florida State 6  
 Fordham 1  
  8  Florida State 2
   South Florida 0 11  
 South Florida 6
 South Carolina 0  
  8  Florida State 2 -
Tallahassee Regional
   South Florida 1 -  
 Fordham 4  
 South Carolina 5  
   South Carolina 2
   South Florida 3  

Gainesville Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
5  Florida 8  
 Florida A&M 0 5  
  5  Florida 14  
   Stetson 0 6  
 Stetson 6
 UCF 4  
  5  Florida 7 -  
Gainesville Regional
   UCF 0 -  
 Florida A&M 1  
 UCF 2  
   UCF 6
   Stetson 4  
  5  Florida 9 3 8
  12  Washington 0 5 4 0 5
12  Washington 8  
 Iona 0 6  
  12  Washington 9
   BYU 0 5  
 BYU 7
 Northwestern 2  
  12  Washington 9 -
Seattle Regional
   Northwestern 0 5 -  
 Iona 4  
 Northwestern 14 6  
   Northwestern 8
   BYU 3  

Athens Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
13  Baylor 6  
 Northwestern State 1  
  13  Baylor 2  
   Tulsa 1  
 Houston 1
 Tulsa 2  
  13  Baylor 0 3  
Waco Regional
   Tulsa 1 11 1  
 Northwestern State 6  
 Houston 7  
   Houston 6
   Tulsa 10  
  13  Baylor 9 6 -
  4  Georgia 1 6 3 -
4  Georgia 9  
 Chattanooga 0 5  
  4  Georgia 4
   NC State 5  
 UAB 0
 NC State 4  
   NC State 1 0
Athens Regional
  4  Georgia 9 8 5  
 Chattanooga 2  
 UAB 9  
   UAB 0
  4  Georgia 3  

Los Angeles Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
3  UCLA 8  
 Southern Utah 0 6  
  3  UCLA 7  
   Notre Dame 0  
 Long Beach State 0
 Notre Dame 8 6  
  3  UCLA 1 -  
Los Angeles Regional
   Notre Dame 0 -  
 Southern Utah 6  
 Long Beach State 9  
   Long Beach State 1
   Notre Dame 10  
  3  UCLA 6 3 1
  14  Kentucky 4 7 7
14  Kentucky 6  
 Ohio 1  
  14  Kentucky 2
   James Madison 1  
 DePaul 1
 James Madison 6  
  14  Kentucky 1 10
Lexington Regional
   DePaul 2 10 1 5  
 Ohio 1  
 DePaul 5  
   DePaul 4
   James Madison 3  

Lafayette Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
11  Arizona 9  
 Boston U 6  
  11  Arizona 9  
   LSU 8  
 Louisville 9
 LSU 13  
  11  Arizona 13 -  
Tucson Regional
   LSU 5 5 -  
 Boston U 8  
 Louisville 3  
   Boston U 3
   LSU 8  
  11  Arizona 3 1 -
  6  Louisiana–Lafayette 5 7 -
6  Louisiana–Lafayette 7  
 Texas Southern 4  
  6  Louisiana–Lafayette 3
   Texas 2  
 Mississippi State 0
 Texas 1  
  6  Louisiana–Lafayette 10 -
Lafayette Regional
   Texas 2 -  
 Texas Southern 3  
 Mississippi State 5  
   Mississippi State 3
   Texas 4  

Norman Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
7  Oklahoma 14  
 Bryant 4 5  
  7  Oklahoma 9  
   Texas A&M 8  
 Hofstra 6
 Texas A&M 7  
  7  Oklahoma 11 -  
Norman Regional
   Texas A&M 6 -  
 Bryant 6  
 Hofstra 10  
   Hofstra 0
   Texas A&M 7  
  7  Oklahoma 8 0 8
  10  Tennessee 1 4 2
10  Tennessee 12  
 Charleston Southern 3 5  
  10  Tennessee 12
   Virginia Tech 0 5  
 Virginia Tech 4
 Lipscomb 3  
  10  Tennessee 2 -
Knoxville Regional
   Lipscomb 0 -  
 Charleston Southern 2  
 Lipscomb 4  
   Lipscomb 12
   Virginia Tech 3  

Tuscaloosa Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
15  Missouri 6  
 Bradley 5 8  
  15  Missouri 6  
   Kansas 3  
 Kansas 3
 Nebraska 1  
  15  Missouri 4 1  
Columbia Regional
   Nebraska 11 8  
 Bradley 0  
 Nebraska 9 5  
   Nebraska 2
   Kansas 1  
   Nebraska 5 1 -
  2  Alabama 6 12 2 -
2  Alabama 13  
 SIU Edwardsville 3 5  
  2  Alabama 7
   USC Upstate 1  
 USC Upstate 5
 South Alabama 3  
  2  Alabama 3 -
Tuscaloosa Regional
   South Alabama 0 -  
 SIU Edwardsville 1  
 South Alabama 5  
   South Alabama 5
   USC Upstate 0  

Women's College World Series[edit]

The Women's College World Series will be held May 29- June 4, 2014 in Oklahoma City.

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach WCWS Appearances†
(including 2014 WCWS)
WCWS Best Finish† WCWS W-L Record†
(excluding 2014 WCWS)
Alabama SEC 50-11 (19–5) Patrick Murphy 9
(last: 2012)
1st
(2012)
13–15
Baylor Big 12 47–14 (13–5) Glenn Moore 3
(last 2011)
3rd
(2011)
3–4
Florida SEC 49–12 (15–9) Tim Walton 6
(last 2013)
2nd
(2009 & 2011)
12–11
Florida State ACC 54–7 (24–3) Lonni Alameda 8
(last 2004)
3rd
(2002)
6–14
Kentucky SEC 47–18 (13–11) Rachel Lawson 1
Louisiana–Lafayette Sun Belt 49–8–1 (19–1) Michael Lotief 6
(last 2008)
3rd
(1993)
6–10
Oklahoma Big 12 50-11 (16-2) Patty Gasso 9
(last 2013)
1st
(2000, 2013)
16–12
Oregon Pac-12 54–7–1 (20–3–1) Mike White 2
(last 2012)
5th
(1989, 2012)
2–4

Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                           
1  Oregon 3  
8  Florida State 0  
  1  Oregon 0  
  5  Florida 4  
5  Florida 11
13  Baylor 0 5  
  5  Florida 6 -  
  13  Baylor 3 -  
8  Florida State 2  
13  Baylor 7  
  14  Kentucky 7 8
  13  Baylor 8  
  5  Florida 5 6
  2  Alabama 0 3
14  Kentucky 4  
6  Louisiana–Lafayette 1  
  14  Kentucky 0
  2  Alabama 2  
7  Oklahoma 2
2  Alabama 6  
  2  Alabama 2 -
  1  Oregon 0 -  
6  Louisiana–Lafayette 1  
7  Oklahoma 3  
  1  Oregon 4
  7  Oklahoma 2  

Media Coverage[edit]

Radio[edit]

Westwood One provided nationwide radio coverage of the championship series, which were streamed online at westwoodsports.com and through TuneIn. Kevin Kugler and Leah Amico provided the call for Westwood One.[28]

Television[edit]

ESPN carried every game from the Women's College World Series across the ESPN Networks (ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU). The ESPN Networks also carried select regional matches and every super regional match utilizing ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. Outside of the ESPN Networks Regional matches, Pac-12 Network picked up all Oregon matches in the Eugene region and BTN picked up the Sunday championship games in the Minneapolis Region.

Broadcast Assignments[edit]

Regionals[29]

Women's College World Series[30]

  • Pam Ward or Beth Mowins; Jessica Mendoza or Michele Smith; Holly Rowe

Super Regionals[31]

  • Joe Davis & Leah O'Brien-Amico - Eugene, OR
  • Adam Amin & Amanda Scarborough - Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Holly Rowe & Amanda Freed - Los Angeles, CA
  • Cara Capuano & Cheri Kempf - Athens, GA
  • Mark Neely & Jenny Dalton-Hill - Gainesville, FL
  • Melissa Lee & Jennie Finch - Lafayette, LA
  • Beth Mowins & Jessica Mendoza - Norman, OK
  • Pam Ward & Michele Mary Smith - Tallahassee, FL

Women's College World Series Championship Series[30]

  • Beth Mowins, Michele Smith, Jessica Mendoza, Holly Rowe

References[edit]

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  30. ^ a b "ESPN to Televise Women’s College World Series". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  31. ^ "NCAA Division I Softball Championship: Super Regionals Begin Thursday, Jennie Finch Joins Coverage". ESPN Media Zone. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 

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