2022 NCAA Softball Tournament Bracket Revealed: Predictions, Schedule

The 2022 NCAA Softball Tournament has been officially announced and the Road to Oklahoma City and Women’s College World Series have begun.

It’s officially time to check out one of the most exciting sporting events of the year. The 2022 NCAA Softball Tournament is finally here, and that means 64 teams with national championship aspirations are getting a chance to prove they’re worthy of contending for a title.

Of course, not all of these teams will have a chance to play for a championship. Of the 64 teams in the tournament, only 16 have a chance to advance from Regionals to Super Regionals. After that, only eight teams will compete in the Women’s College World Series.

Therefore, some teams may never get the chance to fight for everything. But a handful of elite teams will.

Here are the 16 teams scheduled to host this year’s tournament:

  1. Oklahoma
  2. State of Florida
  3. Virginia Tech
  4. Arkansas
  5. UCLA
  6. Alabama
  7. State of Oklahoma
  8. State of Arizona
  9. northwest
  10. Clemson
  11. Tennessee
  12. duke
  13. Washington
  14. Florida
  15. Missouri
  16. UCF

Take a look at the full bracket for the tournament:

2022 NCAA Softball Tournament Schedule

The 2022 NCAA Softball Tournament begins Friday, May 20th. The Regionals (basically the first round of the tournament) conclude on Sunday, May 22nd. After that, the Super Regionals will take place starting Thursday, May 26th, concluding on Sunday, May 29th.

After completing the Super Regionals, eight teams travel to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series. These eight teams will compete in OKC, and the Women’s College World Series will take place from Thursday, June 2nd and will run through Friday, June 10th if needed. It is possible that the Women’s College World Series will conclude on Thursday, June 9 depending on the championship series.

Who has the toughest path to the 2022 Women’s College World Series?

It’s perfectly safe to say that the team coming out of the Orlando Regional won’t have much fun taking on the Oklahoma Sooners. Anyone who competes against Oklahoma will find it incredibly difficult to pull off a win.

If you look elsewhere, it certainly won’t be easy for anyone in the Clemson area. Having the Clemson Tigers, Auburn Tigers, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, and UNCW Seahawks all in one regional seems a bit of a chore, to be honest.

The Stillwater Regional will likely be quite fun for viewers not associated with any of the programs involved. Both the Oklahoma State Cowgirls and the Nebraska Cornhuskers seem to make fascinating teams, and this region could be exciting.

What interesting teams to look out for in the 2022 NCAA Softball Tournament?

There are a number of intriguing programs worth keeping an eye on during the NCAA softball tournament, but as the tournament begins, let’s focus on a few underdogs, underdogs for the Regionals.

Be sure to stop by Tallahassee Regional to see what Mia Davidson and the Mississippi State Bulldogs can do. While the Bulldogs have been incredibly inconsistent at times this season, Davidson is one of the best home run hitters NCAA softball has ever seen. If she plays well and the Bulldogs play to their full potential, things could be interesting.

Stick with Magnolia State for a moment and be sure to tune in to see how the Ole Miss Rebels fare in Los Angeles. Unlike their rival, the Rebels don’t exactly have many homers, but they do have a number of fairly reliable pitchers who can help handle a range of situations. Ole Miss had a hot streak late in the year and could pose a threat to the UCLA Bruins.

Which 16 teams will make it to the Super Regionals?

Because of the way the NCAA softball tournament is run, a total of 16 teams get the chance to advance to the Super Regionals. This means that only one of the four teams in each region can continue.

All things considered, it would be fair to expect these teams to advance beyond Regionals to Super Regionals:

  • Oklahoma
  • State of Florida
  • Virginia Tech
  • Arkansas
  • UCLA
  • Alabama
  • Nebraska
  • LSU
  • Notre-Dame
  • Louisiana
  • Tennessee
  • duke
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • Missouri
  • Michigan

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