Stuart McNair

Alabama softball will take on No. 1 ranked Florida in weekend road series

SEC has four in top 10, nine in top 25 in this week’s softball polls

Although it may not look like one of Alabama’s best softball teams as March comes to a close, that may be just because the Crimson Tide has been so good under Coach Patrick Murphy. Bama seems to be firmly entrenched in the nation’s top 10.

Alabama has a 29-6 record this year, but only a 3-3 mark in Southeastern Conference games. Of course, the SEC is very, very good.

The Crimson Tide will get an up-close look at the team considered the best not only in the conference, but also in the nation when Bama goes to Florida for games Friday-Sunday.

Alabama is ranked sixth in the nation for the fourth consecutive week in the USA Today/NFCA coaches’ poll and moved up one spot to No. 7 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball media poll.

Alabama is coming off a series win over 15th-ranked Missouri in Tuscaloosa that saw the Crimson Tide bounce back from a game one loss with two run-rule victories over the Tigers.

The top six spots in the coaches’ poll remain unchanged from last week, while James Madison climbed to No. 7 and LSU dropped one spot to No. 8. Florida State and Georgia entered the top 10 as Washington and Texas A&M fell to No. 11 and 12, respectively. The same scenario played out in the media poll, though JMU jumped ahead of the Tide into the No. 6 spot left vacant by LSU, who dropped to No. 10.

Nine SEC schools are in the top 25 this week, the most of any conference: Florida (1/1), Auburn (3/3), Alabama (6/7), LSU (8/10), Georgia (10/9), Texas A&M (12/11), Kentucky (14/12), Missouri (15/15) and Tennessee (17/16). South Carolina is receiving votes outside the top 25 in the coaches’ poll while Mississippi State is doing so in the media poll.


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