It use to be that when you would talk about the best college softball conference it was the Pac-12. It was teams like, Arizona, Washington and UCLA that came to mind. Then things shifted to the SEC in 2012 when Alabama claimed the first WCWS title for the SEC when they defeated Oklahoma 5-4. Since then the SEC’s power has risen to become the premier softball conference in the country.
Here are just a few facts taken from the 2016 SEC media guide for SEC teams to back up that claim:
131 NCAA Regional Appearances
48 NCAA Super Regional Appearances
33 Women’s College World Series Appearances
416 NCAA Wins (includes Regional, Super Regional and WCWS)
The conference has sent a league-high 11 teams to the NCAA Championship for three consecutive years (2013-2015).
Two SEC teams competed for the first time in the NCAA Championship Series, with Florida defeating Alabama in
2014 for its first WCWS title.
Florida became the third program in NCAA softball history to win back-to-back national titles after defeating Michigan in the 2015 WCWS Championship Series.
Since 2007, the SEC has had at least one team in the semifinals or the Championship Series, seven of the last eight years.
2017 though is shaping up to be a real battle between the SEC and Pac-12 to see who will reign supreme moving forward as the best softball conference in the country. The Pac-12 has reloaded with teams like, UCLA, Washington, Arizona, Arizona St. and Oregon all poised to make big runs in this year’s championship series.
The SEC isn’t ready to throw in the towel though as they are also loaded with a bunch of powerhouse teams like,
Florida, Auburn, Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and Alabama who are all ready to carry the SEC’s battle flag in to this years softball’s best conference war.
Only time will tell when the softball dust settles at the end of the season who will reign as the best college softball conference in the country.