Alabama Softball Holds On In Top Five

Alabama softball is ranked at No. 5 this week in both the USA Today/NFCA poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, released Tuesday. Fifth in the nation, however, is good enough only for third among Southeastern Conference teams. Moreover, Bama hits the road this weekend to take on a top ten SEC opponent.

Last weekend, Coach Patrick Murphy's Alabama team opened SEC play with an impressive sweep over Ole Miss, shutting out the Rebels in three games by a combined score of 23-0. The series was capped by Sydney Littlejohn’s perfect game on Sunday, the first ever by an Alabama pitcher at Rhoads Stadium. It was just the third in program history and makes her the only pitcher at Bama to throw multiple perfect games.

Alabama is holding steady at No. 5 for the third straight week in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and slid down one spot in the USA Today/NFCA poll, as undefeated LSU jumped Alabama into a tie at third place with Michigan. The Tigers are ranked No. 2 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, trailing Florida as the unanimous No. 1 team.

All nine SEC teams that have been ranked all season remain in the top 25 this week, including three in the top five and five in the top 10: Florida (1/1), LSU (3/2), Alabama (5/5), Georgia (8/8), Tennessee (9/15), Auburn (12/14), Kentucky (14/12), Texas A&M (19/21) and Missouri (21/19). Mississippi State and South Carolina are also receiving votes outside the top 25.

Alabama is scheduled to host UAB at 6 p.m. today at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The Tide will be at Georgia this weekend for a three-game SEC series, games at 5 p.m. CDT Friday, 2 p.m. CDT Saturday, and 1 p.m. central time Sunday. Saturday and Sunday games will be aired live on the SEC Network.


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