LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech (36-16) has earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Softball postseason after a 10-year absence from the event. The Red Raiders will fly to Palo Alto, Calif. to compete at the Stanford regional which also features the No. 16 national seed, Hawai'i, representing the Western Athletic Conference and UC Davis, the Big West champion team. Stanford, of course, competes in the perennial softball powerhouse Pac-10 Conference. The Big 12 Conference is well represented at the event as seven of the teams which sponsor the sport advanced.
The 64-team event features only 16 national seeds which are announced. Each regional will feature a double elimination format tournament with the winners advancing to a super regional format which is a best of three game series. The winner of the Stanford region will advance to face the winner of the Alabama region. The Crimson Tide earned the NCAA's No. 1 overall seed.