Kasey Cooper (above) is a three-time All-American for the Auburn Tigers.
The NCAA Division I Softball Championship Sport Committee announced its first Top 10 ranking of the season on Saturday prior to the NCAA Tournament field being announced on Sunday, May 14th at 9 p.m. CDT.
Auburn is projected as the No. 5 overall seed nationally with Florida No. 1 based on games played through Thursday, April 20th.
The committee's second and final preview of seedings will come on May 6th during a telecast of the Auburn at Alabama softball game.
"While there is still a lot of softball left to be played, this ranking was a great exercise for the committee," said committee chair Keisha Dunlap. "We had a robust discussion surrounding several selection criteria and were able to utilize dialogue from the eight regional advisory committees to rank the teams who we feel have already built impressive resumes."
Auburn has been a top eight national seed the past two seasons on the way to making runs to the College World Series. A top eight national seed means the chance to be a host for an NCAA regional and a super regional if a team wins the regional, something Auburn coach Clint Myers said is a goal for his team.
Projected NCAA Softball Tournament Seeding
(records through April 20th)
1. Florida (41-3)
2. Arizona (43-3)
3. Texas A&M (37-5)
4. Florida St. (41-3-1)
5. Auburn (37-7)
6. Washington (32-10)
7. Oregon (37-4)
8. Minnesota (40-3)
9. Tennessee (39-5)
10. UCLA (30-12)