The Alabama Crimson Tide received the 2012 NCAA Softball Tournament No. 2 overall seed. The Cal Bears received the No. 1 overall seed.
The Tide will host the Tuscaloosa regional and begin play against UT Martin. Also in the Tuscaloosa regional are Georgia Tech and South Alabama.
The Tide (50-7) has to win both this weekend's Regional and the following weekend' Super Regional to earn a trip back to Oklahoma City. Alabama trying to make it back to Oklahoma City for the fourth time in five years.
Alabama begins play Friday at 6 p.m. against UT Martin. South Alabama and Georgia Tech kick off the Regional on Friday at 3 p.m.
Games on Saturday are set for 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The championship game will start Sunday at 1 p.m. with the "if necessary" game slotted for 3:30 p.m.
SEC rivals Florida (5) and Tennessee (7) were also seeded in the top eight.