NCAA Softball Tournament Projections 2.0

ELO Online2015 NCAA Softball Tournament Projections: Who’s In, Who’s Out?Chamberlain_Pendly_Sooners_Softball

Congratulations to Oklahoma’s Lauren Chamberlain who is now tied for the NCAA all-time Home Run record with hitting her 90th career home run in Saturday’s win over Baylor. Chamberlain tied former UCLA All-American, college player of the year and U.S. Olympian Stacey Nuveman for the most home runs in NCAA history. Chamberlain has a chance to break the record in Stillwater against Oklahoma State. Chamberlain’s teammate Shelby Pendley hit her 83rd career Home Run in the win over Baylor which ties her for 5th all-time in the NCAA in Home Runs.

Here is NCAA Tournament Field with ( ) ranking RPI. Still to early to project National Seeds and who will host. But here the first field of 64 projections.Lonni Alameda_ FSU_, Softball

ACC (5): Florida State (8), North Carolina (35), North Carolina State (33), Notre Dame (15), Virginia Tech (37)

American :  UCF (21)

Big East: DePaul

Big 12 (4): Baylor(22), Kansas (24), Oklahoma (13), Texas (28)UCF_ Softball_ Gillispie

Big Ten (4): Michigan(4), Minnesota (18), Northwestern(34), Nebraska (47)

Pac-12 (7): Arizona (12), Arizona State (16), Oregon(6), UCLA(7), Washington (23), Utah (29), California (19)

SEC (11): Alabama (5), Auburn(3), Florida(1), Georgia (20), Kentucky (14), LSU(2), Mississippi State (30), Missouri (11), Tennessee(10), Texas A&M (26), South Carolina (32)

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America East: Stony Brook

A-Sun: USC Upstate (38)

Big Sky: Idaho State

Big South: Coastal Carolina

Big West:  Cal State Northridge (42)

CAA (2): James Madison (17), Hofstra (26)

C-USA(4): UAB (46), Western Kentucky (31), FAU (36), Marshall (41)

Horizon: Youngstown State

Ivy: Dartmouth

MAAC: Iona

MAC: Kent State

MEAC: Bethune-Cookman

MVC: Drake

MWC (2): San Diego State (39), Fresno State (44)

NEC: Bryant

OVC: SIUE (48)

Patriot: Lehigh

Southern: Chattanooga (43)

Southland: Northwestern State

Summit: North Dakota State (51)

Sun Belt(2): Louisiana-Lafayette (9), South Alabama (27)

SWAC: Texas Southern

WAC: New Mexico State (49)

WCC: BYU (50)

Last 4 Teams In : Marshall (41), Nebraska (47),  UAB (46), Fresno State (44)

First 4 Teams Out : Louisville (56), Oregon State (45),  Georgia State (40), San Jose State (50)

Key games this weekend

North Dakota State led by star pitcher Krista Menke will make her case to be an All-American this week. First facing Minnesota on Wednesday night and then goes to South Alabama for weekend series. A strong showing by Menke who leads the NCAA in strikeouts and ranks in the top five in wins, shutouts, K/7 and Hits allowed per 7 innings could prove to land her a spot as an All-American by the end of the year.

Florida hosts Florida State in the second meeting between those teams this season on Wednesday on the SEC Network. The Gators won on the road two weeks ago in a game the Seminoles elected to rest reigning USA Softball Player of the Year, Lacey Waldrop. You would think Waldrop will get the ball when the teams meet again in Gainesville on Wednesday.

Louisiana-Lafayette at Oregon for  rare late season 3 game series that could have influence on National seeds.

Top 8 National Seeds projection

1- Florida

2- Oregon

3- LSU

4- Michigan

5- Alabama

6- UCLA

7- Auburn

8- Florida State.

Teams That are Great Position or Locks to Host Regionals :

Florida, LSU, Michigan,  Auburn, Oregon,  Alabama, UCLA, Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette

Teams in the Mix to Host :

Arizona, Tennessee, Arizona State, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, UCF, Notre Dame, Georgia, James Madison.

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