Fifth-Ranked Tide Softball Hosts Troy

A series win at Auburn last weekend helped move Alabama softball up in both national polls, placing fifth in the USA Today/NFCA poll and sixth in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll. Bama returns to action tonight (Tuesday) hosting Troy.

Alabama jumped up one spot in each poll, returning to the top five in the NFCA poll for the first time since week eight (March 31). Florida is the unanimous No. 1 team in both polls, swapping spots with Oregon in the NFCA poll. The Ducks rank second in both. LSU and Michigan are ranked No. 3 and 4, respectively, in both polls, while Alabama edged out Oklahoma in the NFCA poll but sits behind the Sooners in the USA Softball poll. A series loss slid Auburn down to No. 8 in both polls with UCLA jumping ahead of them into the No. 7 spot.

The SEC has nine ranked teams in both polls, including four in the top 10: Florida (1/1), LSU (3/3), Alabama (5/6), Auburn (8/8), Tennessee (11/12), Georgia (14/14), Missouri (15/17), Kentucky (17/19) and Texas A&M (25/25). South Carolina is also receiving votes outside the Top 25 in the NFCA poll.

Last week, Alabama won a pair of midweek victories over UAB and NC State before taking two out of three games on the road against Auburn, marking the Crimson Tide’s fifth SEC series victory of the season. The Tide shut out the Tigers, 6-0, in the opener before a decisive 13-3 victory in game two clinched the series. Auburn avoided the sweep with a four-hour slugfest that ended with the Tigers just edging out Alabama, 13-12.

Bama now is 35-10 overall and 12-6 in SEC play.

Coach Patrick Murphy’s Crimson Tide returns to action tonight (Tuesday) with a 6 p.m. game aggainst Troy in Rhoads Stadium.

Up next following the Troy game, Alabama hosts Tennessee for the final home SEC series of the season. Action begins on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT and the game will be aired live on ESPN.

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