ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia softball team (43-22) was named a No. 1 seed for the Chapel Hill Regional in the 2008 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament as announced by the NCAA Division I Softball Selection Committee on Sunday evening. Hosted by the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Chapel Hill Regional will take place May 15-17.
Georgia’s selection marks the seventh-straight season that the program has earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament, and the top-seeded Bulldogs will open play against the fourth-seeded Campbell Fighting Camels (41-23), who won the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship. Georgia last played a number-one seed in NCAA Regional action in 2006 in Athens.
Regional host North Carolina (50-10-1), the second seed, will open the Chapel Hill Regional against the third-seeded Brigham Young Cougars (42-18). North Carolina won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title, while BYU finished second in the Mountain West Conference.
Georgia did not play any of the other Chapel Hill Regional teams during the regular season in 2008. All-time, Georgia is 4-2 against North Carolina and 4-1 against Campbell, while having never faced BYU.
A total of 64 teams were selected to the NCAA Tournament with 30 conferences being awarded automatic qualification, while the remaining 34 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. The top 16 teams were seeded nationally with Georgia earning the 15th national seed. The Southeastern Conference had a total of eight teams selected for the tournament, with five of those teams earning one of the 16 national seeds. All 64 teams will be playing for the right to advance to the 26th NCAA Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City May 29-June 4.