Nebraska was named a 14th seed in the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament when the 64-team field was announced Sunday night.
The Huskers (40-13) host Northern Iowa (26-24). Stanford (37-19) meets Tulsa (42-14) in the other Lincoln Regional opener on Friday.
Oklahoma (47-4) is the No. 1 seed. The Sooners, champions of the Big 12 Conference, will play 30-24 Marist, an automatic qualifier from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Thirty-one conferences were awarded an automatic qualification and the remaining 33 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.
The Southeastern Conference led all conferences with 11 teams selected. The Pac-12 placed eight in the tournament while the Big Ten Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA each had four qualifiers. Eight teams are making their first appearances in the tournament: Pennsylvania, South Carolina-Upstate, Central Connecticut State, Marshall, Western Kentucky, IPFW, Hampton and Longwood.
Only 11 schools have been crowned NCAA Division I softball champion since the tournament started in 1982 and nine are in this year’s bracket.
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