With questions surrounding Texas Tech's (35-19, 8-10; 52 RPI) failure to receive a postseason bid, here's a look at how the Women's College World Series bracket shaped up this year.
Of the top-16 teams, six are from the SEC, five are from the Pac-12, two are from the Big 12 while a program from each the ACC, Big Ten and Sun Belt round out the regional hosts.
1. Oregon (49-7-1)*
2. Alabama (45-11)
3. UCLA (48-6)
4. Georgia (45-12)*
5. Florida (45-11)
6. Louisiana Lafayette (44-8-1)*
7. Oklahoma (45-10)*
8. Florida State (50-6)*
9. Arizona State (44-10)
10. Tennessee (42-10)
11. Arizona (41-13)
12. Washington (33-13)
13. Baylor (42-13)
14. Kentucky (44-15)
15. Missouri (41-16)
16. Minnesota (41-0)*
* Six of them are automatic qualifiers, meaning they secured a bid after winning their conference tournament, or in some cases, their conference regular season.
Furthermore, each of these teams finished in the top-16 in RPI
1. Florida, 2. Georgia, 3. Alabama, 4. UCLA, 5. Oregon, 6. La.-Lafayette, 7. Florida St., 8. Oklahoma, 9. Arizona St., 10. Missouri, 11. Arizona, 12. Baylor, 13. Tennessee, 14. Washington, 15. Kentucky, 16. Minnesota.
No. 17 in the RPI, Auburn, was placed in the Minneapolis Regional and will face host Minnesota as well as North Dakota State and Green Bay.
Continuing on RPI, 18 schools received bids with an RPI lower than Tech. All of those teams were automatic qualifiers.
Five of the 64 teams have losing records. All five programs are automatic qualifiers.
Utah Valley (18-40) - WAC
Florida A&M (24-27) - MEAC
Southern Utah (23-29) - Big Sky
Charleston Southern (27-31-1) - Big South
Bradley (27-30) - MVC
Best regional - Tuscaloosa
This is one of only two regionals with three 40-win teams in it: South Alabama (40-12), USC Upstate (45-7) and Alabama (45-11).
Unlike last year when everyone was chasing eventual champion Oklahoma, several teams from both the Pac-12 and the SEC have a shot to win this year.
The Washington Regional begins play May 15 while the rest of the bracket starts May 16.