It sounds simple, however is anything but.
The key to reaching the best-of-three championship round in the Women's College World Series is to avoid falling into the loser's bracket.
In other words, don't lose, especially the first game.
Thursday, the final eight teams still playing and in contention for the national championship in Division I softball will open play in Oklahoma City.
The format is the same as the regionals, and super regionals, in one important respect: Two losses means elimination.
The brackets part of the tournament have been in place from the beginning. Alabama will open against Arizona, and will face the winner or loser of UCLA vs. Florida State.
1. Oklahoma vs. James Madison
5 Oklahoma State vs. Georgia
3 Alabama vs. 11 Arizona
2 UCLA vs. 10 Florida State
All times CT
Thursday, June 3
Game 1: 1. Oklahoma vs. James Madison, 11 a.m., ESPN
Game 2: 5 Oklahoma State vs. Georgia, 1:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 3: 3 Alabama vs. 11 Arizona , 6 p.m., ESPN
Game 4: 2 UCLA vs. 10 Florida State, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Friday, June 4
Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 6 p.m., ESPNU
Game 6: Winner of Game 3 vs Winner of Game 4, 8:30 p.m., ESPNU
Saturday, June 5 (Elimination Saturday)
Game 7: Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 11 a.m., ESPN
Game 8: Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4, 1:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 9: Winner of Game 7 vs. Loser of Game 6, 6 p.m., ESPN
Game 10: Winner of Game 8 vs. Loser of Game 5, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Sunday, June 6
Game 11: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 9, Noon, ESPN
Game 12: Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 10, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
Game 13 (if necessary): Game 11 teams, 6 p.m., ESPN2
Game 14 (if necessary): Game 12 teams, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2
Championship Finals (Best of three)
Monday, June 7: Game 1, 6:30 p.m., ESPN
Tuesday, June 8, Game 2, 6:30 p.m., ESPN
Wednesday, June 9, Game 3 (if necessary), 6 p.m., ESPN