The Pac-12 will begin a championship tournament for softball in 2023, the conference announced Thursday.
The Pac-12's nine teams will rotate as the host site for the four-day event with a play-in game between the teams that finish in eighth and ninth in the regular-season standings, followed by an eight-team, single-elimination tournament. The winner will receive the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
“The Pac-12 could not be more excited to add a softball championship to its lineup of postseason events,” Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff said in a statement. “This new championship will offer student-athletes an amazing experience against top-notch competition, elevate the league’s softball brand in advance of the NCAA Tournament, and provide fans the opportunity to celebrate the incredible success of Pac-12 softball with a marquee event on our campuses.”
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