2016 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament

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2016 NCAA Division I
Softball Tournament
Teams64
Finals site
ChampionsOklahoma (3rd title)
Runner-upAuburn (2nd WCWS Appearance)
Winning coachPatty Gasso (3rd title)
MOPPaige Parker,, Oklahoma

The 2016 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament was held from May 20 through June 8, 2016 as the final part of the 2016 NCAA Division I softball season. The 64 NCAA Division I college softball teams were to be selected out of an eligible 293 teams on May 15, 2016. Thirty-two teams were awarded an automatic bid as champions of their conference, and thirty-two teams were selected at-large by the NCAA Division I softball selection committee. The tournament culminated with eight teams playing in the 2016 Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City in which the Oklahoma Sooners were crowned the champions.

Automatic bids[edit]

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

Conference School Best Finish Reference[1]
America East Maine Regionals
(2004)
[2]
American Tulsa Regionals
(2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
[3]
ACC Florida State WCWS
(1987, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2002, 2004, 2014)
[4]
A-10 Fordham Regionals
(2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015)
[5]
A-Sun USC Upstate Regionals
(2013, 2014, 2015)
[6]
Big 12 Oklahoma 1st
(2000), (2013)
[7]
Big East Butler 1st Appearance [8]
Big Sky Weber State Regionals
(2015)
[9]
Big South Longwood Regionals
(2013, 2015)
[10]
Big Ten Minnesota WCWS
1976, 1978
[11]
Big West Cal State Fullerton 1st
(1986)
[12]
Colonial James Madison Regionals
(2009, 2013, 2014, 2015)
[13]
Conference USA Florida Atlantic Regionals
(1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
[14]
Horizon League Valparaiso Regionals
(2012, 2013)
[15]
Ivy League Princeton WCWS
(1995), (1996)
[16]
MAC Miami University Regionals
(2005, 2009, 2012)
[17]
MAAC Marist Regionals
(2006, 2013)
[18]
MEAC Florida A&M Regionals
(1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2014, 2015)
[19]
MVC Wichita State Regionals
(1989, 2005)
[20]
Mountain West Fresno State 1st
(1998)
[21]
Northeastern LIU Brooklyn Regionals
(2008, 2012)
[22]
OVC Jacksonville State Super Regionals
(2009)
[23]
Pac-12 Oregon 3rd
(2014)
[24]
Patriot League Boston Regionals
(1996, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014)
[25]
SEC Auburn 4th
(2015)
[26]
SoCon Samford 1st Appearance [27]
Southland McNeese State Regionals
(1994, 2005, 2010)
[28]
SWAC Alabama State 1st Appearance [29]
Summit League North Dakota State Super Regionals
(2009)
[30]
Sun Belt Louisiana–Lafayette WCWS
(2008, 2014)
[31]
WAC Cal State Bakersfield 1st Appearance [32]
WCC BYU Super Regionals
(2010)
[33]

National seeds[edit]

16 National Seeds were announced on the Selection Show Sunday, May 15 at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPNU. The 16 national seeds hosted the Regionals. Teams in italics advanced to Super Regionals. Teams in bold advanced to Women's College World Series.

Regionals and Super Regionals[edit]

The Regionals took place May 19–22. The Columbia regional took place May 19–21 because of BYU's no Sunday-play policy. All other regionals occurred May 20–22. The Super Regionals took place from May 26–29.

Gainesville Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
1 Florida 11  
Alabama State 0(5)  
  1 Florida 5  
  UCF 0  
Florida Atlantic 0
UCF 1  
  1 Florida 8 X  
Gainesville Regional
  UCF 0(5) X  
Alabama State 0  
Florida Atlantic 8  
  UCF 2
  Florida Atlantic 1  
  1 Florida 0 2 X
  16 Georgia 3 3 X
16 Georgia 6  
Maine 0  
  16 Georgia 5
  Northwestern 2  
Oklahoma State 1
Northwestern 2  
  16 Georgia 3 6
Athens Regionals
  Oklahoma State 5 0  
Maine 1  
Oklahoma State 10  
  Northwestern 2
  Oklahoma State 3  

Tallahassee Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
9 Kentucky 6  
Butler 1  
  9 Kentucky 0  
  Utah 3  
Illinois 0
Utah 1  
  Utah 0 5  
Lexington Regional
  9 Kentucky 4 3  
Butler 1  
Illinois 2  
  9 Kentucky 3(8)
  Illinois 2  
  Utah 2 0 X
  8 Florida State 6 3 X
8 Florida State 1  
Florida A&M 0  
  8 Florida State 4
  South Carolina 0  
South Florida 0
South Carolina 2  
  8 Florida State 2 X
Tallahassee Regional
  South Carolina 1 X  
Florida A&M 4  
South Florida 6  
  South Carolina 6
  South Florida 0  

Eugene Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
5 Oregon 8  
Fordham 0(5)  
  5 Oregon 5  
  Baylor 0  
Long Beach State 2
Baylor 3  
  5 Oregon 8 X  
Eugene Regional
  Baylor 1 X  
Fordham 1  
Long Beach State 9  
  Baylor 11
  Long Beach State 2  
  5 Oregon 8 1 1
  12 UCLA 1 2(9) 2
12 UCLA 7  
Cal State Bakersfield 0  
  12 UCLA 3
  Cal State Fullerton 2  
Cal State Fullerton 6
Fresno State 4  
  12 UCLA 5 X
Los Angeles Regional
  Cal State Fullerton 4 X  
Cal State Bakersfield 5  
Fresno State 8  
  Cal State Fullerton 7
  Fresno State 1  

Auburn Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
13 Tennessee 10  
Marist 2(6)  
  13 Tennessee 0  
  Arizona 4  
Ohio State 0
Arizona 2  
  Arizona 4 X  
Knoxville Regional
  13 Tennessee 3(8) X  
Marist 1  
Ohio State 6  
  13 Tennessee 10
  Ohio State 1(5)  
  Arizona 5 1 1
  4 Auburn 3 4 6
4 Auburn 2  
Jacksonville State 1  
  4 Auburn 6
  USC Upstate 1  
Oregon State 2
USC Upstate 5  
  4 Auburn 14 X
Auburn Regional
  Jacksonville State 2(5) X  
Jacksonville State 5  
Oregon State 4  
  USC Upstate 2
  Jacksonville State 3  

Norman Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
3 Oklahoma 7  
Wichita State 2  
  3 Oklahoma 9  
  Ole Miss 1  
Tulsa 1
Ole Miss 5  
  3 Oklahoma 3 X  
Norman Regional
  Ole Miss 0 X  
Wichita State 2  
Tulsa 1  
  Ole Miss 4
  Wichita St 0  
  3 Oklahoma 8 7 X
  14 UL-Lafayette 2 6 X
14 UL-Lafayette 9  
Boston U. 5  
  Texas 1
  14 UL-Lafayette 9  
Texas 5
Texas A&M 0  
  14 UL-Lafayette 9 X
Lafayette Regional
  Texas A&M 8(9) X  
Texas A&M 6  
Boston U. 0  
  Texas 3
  Texas A&M 9  

Tuscaloosa Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
11 Washington 14  
Weber State 6(5)  
  11 Washington 5  
  Minnesota 2  
Minnesota 7
North Dakota State 2  
  11 Washington 15 X  
Seattle Regional
  Minnesota 7(6) X  
Weber State 2  
North Dakota State 5  
  Minnesota 7
  North Dakota State 5  
  11 Washington 1 2 X
  6 Alabama 2(8) 5 X
6 Alabama 3  
Samford 0  
  6 Alabama 3
  California 1  
California 1
Texas State 0  
  6 Alabama 8 X
Tuscaloosa Regional
  California 0 X  
Samford 0  
Texas State 2  
  California 4
  Texas State 3  

Harrisonburg Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
7 James Madison 7  
Princeton 0  
  7 James Madison 10  
  North Carolina 1  
Longwood 4
North Carolina 6  
  7 James Madison 5 X  
Harrisonburg Regional
  Longwood 1 X  
Princeton 1  
Longwood 2  
  North Carolina 4
  Longwood 5 (9)  
  7 James Madison 3 0 2
  10 LSU 2 2 3
10 LSU 10  
LIU Brooklyn 2 (6)  
  10 LSU 4
  McNeese State 1  
Arizona State 2
McNeese State 5  
  10 LSU 2 X
Baton Rouge Regional
  Arizona State 0 X  
LIU Brooklyn 0  
Arizona State 1  
  McNeese State 2
  Arizona State 3(14)  

Ann Arbor Super Regional[edit]

  Round 1 Round 2 Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
15 Missouri 9  
BYU 0 (5)  
  15 Missouri 8  
  Nebraska 0 (6)  
Nebraska 3
Louisville 2  
  15 Missouri 9 X  
Columbia Regional
  Nebraska 0(5) X  
BYU 6  
Louisville 4  
  Nebraska 2
  BYU 0  
  15 Missouri 3 4 X
  2 Michigan 5 5 X
2 Michigan 8  
Valparaiso 0(5)  
  2 Michigan 6
  Miami University 0  
Notre Dame 2
Miami University 3  
  2 Michigan 6 X
Ann Arbor Regional
  Notre Dame 2 X  
Valparaiso 0  
Notre Dame 8  
  Miami University 0
  Notre Dame 5  

Women's College World Series[edit]

The Women's College World Series was held June 2 through June 8, 2016, in Oklahoma City.

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach WCWS Appearances†
(including 2016 WCWS)
WCWS Best Finish†* WCWS W-L Record†
(excluding 2016 WCWS)
Alabama SEC 51–14 (17–8) Patrick Murphy 11
(last: 2015)
1st
(2012)
17–19
Auburn SEC 58–12 (16–7) Clint Myers 2
(last: 2015)
3rd
(2015)
2–2
Florida State ACC 55–10 (21–2) Lonni Alameda 9
(last: 2014)
3rd
(2002)
6–15
Georgia SEC 46–20 (12–12) Lu Harris-Champer 3
(last: 2010)
3rd
(2009, 2010)
4–4
LSU SEC 52–18 (13–11) Beth Torina 5
(last: 2015)
3rd
(2004, 2015)
7–8
Michigan Big-10 52–7 (21–2) Carol Hutchins 12
(last: 2015)
1st
(2005)
13–22
Oklahoma Big-12 52–7 (17–1) Patty Gasso 10
(last: 2014)
1st
(2000, 2013)
17–14
UCLA Pac-12 40–16–1 (16–5–1) Kelly Inouye-Perez 26
(last: 2015)
1st
(1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990
1992, 1995*, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2010)
95–30

Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                           
16 Georgia 5  
8 Florida St. 4  
  16 Georgia 3  
  4 Auburn 4  
4 Auburn 10
12 UCLA 3  
  4 Auburn 8(8) X  
  8 Florida St. 7 X  
8 Florida St. 8  
12 UCLA 4  
  2 Michigan 0
  8 Florida St. 1  
  4 Auburn 2 11(8) 1
  3 Oklahoma 3 7 2
3 Oklahoma 3(8)  
6 Alabama 0  
  3 Oklahoma 7
  2 Michigan 5  
2 Michigan 6
10 LSU 1  
  3 Oklahoma 7 X
  10 LSU 3 X  
6 Alabama 4  
10 LSU 6  
  16 Georgia 1
  10 LSU 4  

Championship Game[edit]

[34]

School Top Batter Stats.
Oklahoma Sooners Fale Aviu (DP) 2-3 RBI
Auburn Tigers Jade Rhodes (1B) 2-3 RBI HR
School Pitcher IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
Oklahoma Sooners Paige Parker (W) 7.0 5 1 1 1 5 26 27
Auburn Tigers Makayla Martin (L) 6.0 5 2 0 2 1 24 26

Record by conference[edit]

Conference # of Bids Record Win % RF SR WS NS CS NC
Big 12 4 14–7 .667 3 1 1 1 1 1
Southeastern 11 41–22 .651 11 6 4 2 1
Atlantic Coast 4 8–7 .533 2 1 1 1
Pac-12 8 23–16 .590 7 5 1
Big Ten 6 12–10 .545 3 1 1
Sun Belt 2 4–4 .500 1 1
CAA 1 4–2 .667 1 1
American 3 3–7 .300 1
Big West 2 3–4 .429 1
Other 23 11–44 .200 2

The columns RF, SR, WS, NS, CS, and NC respectively stand for the Regional Finals, Super Regionals, College World Series Teams, National Semi-Finals, Championship Series, and National Champion.

Media coverage[edit]

Radio[edit]

Westwood One provided nationwide radio coverage of the championship series. It was streamed online at westwoodsports.com and through TuneIn. Kevin Kugler and Leah Amico provided the call for Westwood One.

Television[edit]

ESPN holds exclusive rights to the tournament. They aired games across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. Select regionals and super-regionals were broadcast on additional ESPN stations like SEC Network, ESPN3, SEC Network Plus, and Longhorn Network. Any regionals not picked up by ESPN were streamed online by the host institution or broadcast by their television partners.

Broadcast assignments[edit]

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