Alabama dropped down one spot to No. 6 in the USA Today/NFCA poll after being ranked fifth for the past four weeks while sliding down to No. 7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll behind Auburn. LSU regained its position at the top of the poll thanks to a 4-0 week while Oregon slid into No. 2 after falling in one of its three games against ninth-ranked UCLA. Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma round out the top five in both polls.
The SEC has nine ranked teams in both polls, including four in the top 10: LSU (1/1), Florida (3/3), Alabama (6/7), Auburn (7/6), Tennessee (11/14), Georgia (12/12), Kentucky (13/15), Missouri (21/21) and Texas A&M (23/23). South Carolina and Mississippi State are also receiving votes outside the top 25.
Last week, Alabama won a pair of dominating midweek victories over Mississippi Valley State, 17-0, and Southern Miss, 12-1, before taking two out of three games on the road against No. 13 Kentucky. The Tide fell in a close opening game, 2-1, before rebounding with a 7-3 win in game two and a 2-0 shutout in the series finale. Alabama is 29-9 this season and 10-5 in SEC play.
Up next, Alabama hits the road for a pair of midweek contests, starting today (Tuesday) against UAB in Birmingham at 6 p.m. CDT. On Wednesday, Alabama will head to Decatur and the Wilson Morgan Softball Complex to face Middle Tennessee State at 6:30 p.m. CDT. The game was scheduled as a homecoming game for senior Danielle Richard, who is from the nearby town of Priceville.