Baseball, Softball Still At SEC Top

The Alabama baseball team of Coach Mitch Gaspard won two of three games against Auburn, which was satisfying if not much for distancing Bama from the SEC pack. The Crimson Tide softball team of Coach Patrick Murphy was shocked by Mississippi State, losing two games to the Bulldogs. But both ball teams continue to lead the Southeastern Conference.



Alabama lost the first baseball game of the three-game series to Auburn in a Friday night pitcher's duel, falling 2-1. But Bama fought back to win in rather decisive (for the Tide) fashion, 4-1, on Saturday, and then won the series with a dramatic ninth-inning of back-to-back doubles for a 4-3 win.

The result was that Alabama, ranked as high as ninth in the nation last week and 24-11 overall, improved its SEC record to 10-5 and continues to lead the Western Division and have the best conference record among all 14 teams.

The Tide is halfway through baseball season with five tough series to go. Three of those series are on the road, beginning this weekend when Bama goes to Tennessee for a three-game series, Friday-Sunday.

Before that, Alabama will host Jackson State Tuesday and play at UAB Wednesday.

The Bama softball team went to Mississippi State, to face the Bulldogs of former Alabama Assistant Coach Vann Stuedeman, and came back with a 1-2 record against MSU, which had gone into the series with a 3-9 league mark. Alabama is still in first place in the conference with a 15-3 conference record. Bama is 37-7 overall and was ranked as high as second in the nation last week.

The Tide gets a break from conference play this week. Bama will play Auburn in Montgomery Wednesday, host Georgia Southern Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C., and also play there against North Carolina Saturday and Sunday.

SEC BASEBALL STANDINGS

WESTERN DIVISION

ALABAMA 10-5 SEC, 24-11 overall

LSU 8-6-1, 27-9-1

Ole Miss 9-6, 29-9

Mississippi State 7-8, 22-15

Arkansas 7-8, 22-15

Texas A&M 7-8, 22-15

Auburn 6-9, 21-16

EASTERN DIVISION

Florida 9-6, 23-13

South Carolina 8-7, 28-7

Georgia 7-7-1, 21-14-1

Kentucky 7-8, 23-13

Vanderbilt 7-8, 27-10

Tennessee 6-9, 23-11

Missouri 6-9, 17-17

SEC SOFTBALL STANDINGS

ALABAMA 15-3 SEC, 37-7 overall

Tennessee 11-4, 35-6

Kentucky 10-5, 36-8

Georgia 9-6, 35-8

Missouri 9-6, 33-9

Florida 8-7, 37-8

Texas A&M 9-9, 29-13

South Carolina 8-10, 28-15

Auburn 6-9, 31-12

LSU 6-9, 24-18

Mississippi State 5-10, 32-14

Arkansas 3-12, 25-20

Ole Miss 3-12, 20-22

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