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Field Announced for 2008 NCAA Division I Championship

 Florida was named the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship when the NCAA Division I Softball Committee announced the 64-team field on Sunday night. The Gators, champions of the Southeastern Conference, are 62-2 and will play Georgia Tech, an at-large selection from the Atlantic Coast Conference, May 16, in front of a home crowd in Gainesville. 

Thirty conferences were awarded automatic qualification, and the remaining 34 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. The top 16 teams were seeded nationally and will play at campus sites this weekend. 

Team pairings were determined by geographical proximity, with the exception that teams from the same conference were not paired during regional competition, when possible. 
The SEC led all conferences with eight teams in the championship, while the Pacific-10 placed seven. Six conferences tied for third with four bids to the tournament. Fresno State remains the only team to be selected to all 27 championships. Four teams are making their initial appearances in the tournament: Delaware State, Purdue, Stephen F. Austin and Stony Brook. 

Only eight schools have been crowned the NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982, and all are in this year’s bracket. 

For more information on the 2008 NCAA Division I Tournament field, Click Here.