The Alabama softball team of Coach Patrick Murphy is back in Rhoads Stadium this weekend, where the Crimson Tide has been very good. Perfect, actually, part of the reason Bama is ranked second in the nation this week, its highest ranking since the final poll of the 2014 season.
Alabama is 5-0 in home games and 16-1 overall with 15 consecutive wins. Among the earlier home victories were two wins over Arizona and one over Tennessee, both ranked teams. Bama has outscored opponents by 31-11 in home games and has significant advantages in batting average (.325 to .207) and earned run averages (1.97 to 6.20).
This weekend Alabama is hosting the Crimson Classic with the Tide playing two games Friday – against Louisiana-Monroe at 4 p.m. CST and North Dakota State at 6 p.m. On Saturday it will be Bama vs. DePaul at 1:30 and facing North Dakota State at 4. Alabama will close it out at 1:30 Sunday against La-Monroe.
Alabama has hit a home run in four consecutive games and has at least one homer in seven of the last nine games. On the other side, Tide pitching has allowed the fewest walks per inning of any Southeastern Conference team (.164), allowing just 18 bases on balls in 110 innings.
All three of Alabama’s pitchers – sophomore Alexis Osorio, last week’s SEC Pitcher of the Week, junior Sydney Littlejohn, and freshman Madi Moore – have at least five wins this season.
Alabama remains home following the Crimson Classic, hosting Samford at 7:30 p.m. CST Tuesday.