Alabama’s softball team (26-5 overall and 1-2 in Southeastern Conference play) hosts Alcorn State at 6 p.m. Tuesday (today) at Rhoads Stadium in a non-conference game. The Crimson Tide is ranked sixth in the nation for a third straight week in the USA Today/NFCA coaches’ poll, while dropping two spots to No. 8 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball media poll.
After a weekend away from SEC play, Alabama will get back into conference action this weekend hosting Missouri in games Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
The Crimson Tide was ranked sixth last week in both polls. Alabama is coming off a 4-1 weekend at the Easton Tournament in Fullerton, Calif., with wins over Cal State-Fullerton, Grand Canyon, New Mexico, and DePaul before a 2-0 loss in the weekend finale to No. 13 Oklahoma.
Texas A&M makes its first top-10 appearance in the coaches’ poll this week after a series victory over LSU, rising from No. 11 to No. 8 while the Tigers dropped from No. 4 to No. 7. The Aggies made a more sizeable jump in the media poll, rising from No. 10 all the way to No. 4. A series sweep by Oregon over Washington allowed the Ducks to jump three spots from No. 7 to No. 4 in the coaches’ poll
In total, 10 SEC schools are represented in the top 25 this week, the most of any conference: Florida (1/1) Auburn (3/3), Alabama (6/8), LSU (7/6) Texas A&M (8/4), Georgia (12/T12), Kentucky (15/T12), Missouri (16/15), Tennessee (16/19) and Mississippi State (RV/25). Ole Miss is receiving votes outside the top 25 in both polls.