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2004 NCAA Division I Softball Championship Selections Announced

The NCAA has announced the 64 teams that will compete in the 2004 NCAA Division I Softball Championship. Arizona, which will host seven other teams during regional competition, is the No. 1 seed in the tournament, followed by No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 LSU, No. 4 Florida State, No. 5 California, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Stanford and No. 8 Washington. 

Eight teams will participate at each of eight regional sites in a double-elimination tournament. Eight teams were seeded and each of the seeded teams were placed at one of the regional sites. Regionals will be conducted May 20-23. 

The regional winners advance to the Women's College World Series (WCWS), an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. (Note: The championship final is a single-game final.) The WCWS will be conducted May 27-31 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. 

Twenty-seven conferences were granted automatic qualification for the 2004 championship. The top eight teams were seeded in order. The remainder of the teams were placed in regional brackets to create balanced competition and avoid conference match-ups when possible. Teams hosting regionals, which were named two weeks prior to team selections, were not guaranteed a bid to the championship. 

The dates, sites and pairings are as follows: 

DATES/SITES/PAIRINGS 

* Indicates host institution 

Region No. 1 - May 20-23 at Tucson, Arizona 
*No. 1 seed Arizona (53-4) 
No. 2 seed Oklahoma (39-19-1) 
No. 3 seed Northwestern (32-18) 
No. 4 seed South Carolina (27-22) 
No. 5 seed Louisiana-Lafayette (55-6) 
No. 6 seed UC Santa Barbara (32-29) 
No. 7 seed Temple (29-16) 
No. 8 seed Centenary (Louisiana) (35-28) 

Region No. 2 - May 20-23 at Los Angeles 
*No. 1 seed UCLA (39-9) 
No. 2 seed Alabama (42-18) 
No. 3 seed Long Beach State (48-11) 
No. 4 seed Louisville (40-17) 
No. 5 seed Missouri (27-24) 
No. 6 seed Cornell (39-11) 
No. 7 seed Central Michigan (32-17) 
No. 8 seed Mississippi Valley (31-13) 

Region No. 3 - May 20-23 at Waco, Texas 
No. 1 seed LSU (50-10) 
No. 2 seed Illinois (41-19-1) 
*No. 3 seed Baylor (45-14) 
No. 4 seed Seton Hall (44-17) 
No. 5 seed Houston (38-22) 
No. 6 seed North Carolina (43-20) 
No. 7 seed Texas-San Antonio (37-15) 
No. 8 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (39-19) 

Region No. 4 - May 20-23 at Tallahassee, Florida 
*No. 1 seed Florida State (40-18) 
No. 2 seed Oregon (38-19) 
No. 3 seed South Florida (57-12) 
No. 4 seed Florida (40-18) 
No. 5 seed Cal State Northridge (33-17) 
No. 6 seed Ohio State (34-23) 
No. 7 seed Bethune-Cookman (44-26) 
No. 8 seed Long Island (27-26) 

Region No. 5 - May 20-23 at Lincoln, Nebraska 
No. 1 seed California (46-11) 
* No. 2 seed Nebraska (40-15) 
No. 3 seed Florida Atlantic (54-16) 
No. 4 seed Mississippi State (38-24) 
No. 5 seed Iowa (36-22) 
No. 6 seed Creighton (39-15-1) 
No. 7 seed Lehigh (40-15-2) 
No. 8 seed Maine (27-21) 

Region No. 6 - May 20-23 at Ann Arbor, Michigan 
*No. 1 seed Michigan (50-10) 
No. 2 seed Tennessee (53-14) 
No. 3 seed Oregon State (40-26) 
No. 4 seed Notre Dame (48-18) 
No. 5 seed DePaul (29-29-1) 
No. 6 seed Bowling Green (34-28) 
No. 7 seed Illinois-Chicago (38-21) 
No. 8 seed Canisius (23-28) 

Region No. 7 - May 20-23 at Stanford, California 
*No. 1 seed Stanford (43-16) 
No. 2 seed Auburn (42-15) 
No. 3 seed Fresno State (47-18) 
No. 4 seed Pacific (California) (34-21) 
No. 5 seed Southern Mississippi (32-24) 
No. 6 seed Southern Illinois (42-15) 
No. 7 seed Hofstra (34-19) 
No. 8 seed Utah (23-31) 

Region No. 8 - May 20-23 at Athens, Georgia 
No. 1 seed Washington (36-17) 
*No. 2 seed Georgia (51-14) 
No. 3 seed Georgia Tech (45-16) 
No. 4 seed Texas A&M (32-20) 
No. 5 seed Michigan State (33-23) 
No. 6 seed Massachusetts (33-15) 
No. 7 seed Eastern Kentucky (41-15) 
No. 8 seed Chattanooga (45-23) 

Teams advancing to the Women's College World Series (WCWS), May 27-31 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City will advance into the WCWS bracket according to the overall regional seeding (i.e., regional No. 1 winner will be seed No.1). 

CONFERENCES RECEIVING AUTOMATIC QUALIFICATION 

America East Conference - Maine 
Atlantic Sun Conference - Florida Atlantic 
Atlantic 10 Conference - Temple 
Big East Conference - Seton Hall 
Big South Conference - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 
Big Ten Conference - Michigan State 
Big Twelve Conference - Nebraska 
Big West Conference - Long Beach State 
Colonial Athletic -Hofstra 
Conference USA - DePaul 
Horizon League - Illinois-Chicago 
Ivy Group - Cornell 
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference - Canisuis 
Mid-American Conference - Bowling Green 
Mid-Continent Conference - Centenary 
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference - Bethune-Cookman 
Missouri Valley Conference - Creighton 
Mountain West - Utah 
Northeast Conference -Long Island 
Ohio Valley - Eastern Kentucky 
Pacific-10 Conference - Arizona 
Patriot League - Lehigh 
Southeastern Conference - LSU 
Southern Conference - Chattanooga 
Southland Conference - Texas-San Antonio 
Southwestern Athletic Conference - Mississippi Valley 
Western Athletic Conference - Fresno State