Alabama Softball Moves Up In Polls

Alabama secured its fifth SEC Championship last weekend with two wins over Georgia, which helped propel the Crimson Tide to No. 5 in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and No. 6 in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll.

Alabama jumped two spots in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, moving to No. 5 this week from No. 7 last week. Oregon and UCLA remain in the top two spots, while Arizona State and Florida State sit at third and fourth, respectively, as both Michigan and Florida dropped out of the top five with a pair of losses last weekend.

Alabama moved up one spot in the USA Today/NFCA poll, from No. 7 last week to No. 6 this week. Oregon is the unanimous No. 1 pick for the third-straight week with UCLA in the No. 2 spot. Florida dropped two spots to No. 5 after losing the weekend series over Missouri and Michigan dropped down to No. 7 after upset losses to Purdue and Illinois. Arizona State and Florida State took advantage of the vacancy, sliding into the No. 3 and 4 spots, respectively.

Nine SEC teams are now ranked in the Top 25, the most of any conference: Alabama (5/6), Florida (7/5), Tennessee (9/8), Kentucky (11/10), Missouri (15/13), Georgia (18/16), Auburn (20/20), LSU (23/25), Texas A&M (25/24). Mississippi State is receiving votes in both polls.

Alabama remains at No. 2 in the NCAA RPI, trailing the Florida Gators. UCLA moved to No. 3 after Georgia dropped one spot to No. 4.

This weekend, Alabama (42-9, 17-4 SEC) concludes the regular season with a three-game series in Columbia, Mo., against the Missouri Tigers (38-13, 14-7 SEC). Game one is set for a 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, May 1 and will be broadcast live on ESPN.


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