Four Big Ten teams were selected to the 2013 NCAA Softball Tournament, it was announced on Sunday night. Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin will represent the conference in this year’s bracket, which will get underway on Thursday with regional action.
Wisconsin earned the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after claiming its first Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday afternoon. The Badgers will make their fourth appearance all-time in the annual postseason event and first since 2005. Wisconsin is part of the Eugene Regional, where it will face North Carolina in its first game of tournament play on Thursday, while host Oregon will square off against BYU.
The 64-team field is divided into 16, four-team double elimination regionals, which begin Thursday. The 16 regional winners advance to super regionals, where eight will emerge as Women’s College World Series participants.