Tide Softball Opens SEC Play Friday

It’s not often that a team gets a break by playing against a Southeastern Conference team. After back-to-back weekends hosting teams in the nation’s top five, though, the Alabama softball team will host an unranked opponent to start SEC competition.

Alabama continues to be ranked fourth in the USA Today/Coaches poll and fifth in the ESPN/USA Softball rankings.

There are nine SEC teams in those rankings, including top-ranked Florida, which is the unanimous choice as the nation’s number one team. Not in that group, however, is Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide will host the Rebels for three games this weekend – at 6:30 p.m. CST Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 CDT Sunday. (Don’t forget to “Spring forward” with your clocks Saturday night as Daylight Savings Time begins.) All games will be available on the SEC Network+ through WatchESPN.com.

Alabama lost a pair of games to Michigan, which is ranked second in one poll and third in another, and won two of three against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, who were ranked in the top five last week.

Alabama is 15-4 on the season. Ole Miss is 12-5.

Behind Florida at number one in this week’s polls, Oregon and Michigan split the number two and number three spots. LSU moved to number four in one poll, while Oklahoma fell from four to a tie with Alabama in fifth. In the other poll, Bama is four and LSU five.

All nine SEC teams that have been ranked all season remain in the top 25 this week, including five in the top 10: Florida (1/1), Alabama (4/5), LSU (5/4), Georgia (8/8), Kentucky (10/9), Tennessee (11/16), Auburn (14/18), Texas A&M (20/21) and Missouri (21/20). South Carolina and Mississippi State are also receiving votes in both polls.


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