Alabama is ranked fourth in the nation with a 36-7 record, but that’s seemingly just middle of the pack in the tough Southeasten Conference, where the Tide has an 8-4 record. The Crimson Tide goes on the road this weekend against 15th-ranked Texas A&M, which is 31-9 overall and 5-7 in the SEC.
The Crimson Tide and Aggies will face off at 6:30 p.m. CDT Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 Sunday.
Alabama has won six straight games and nine of its last 10. Over those ten games the Tide has not allowed more than three runs to any opponent as Bama has outscored the opposition by 76-10.
In SEC play Alabama’s offense is among the top four in batting average (3rd - .301), runs scored (2nd - 71), doubles (T1st - 17), total bases (4th - 141), slugging percentage (3rd - .442), hits (4th - 96), on base percentage (4th - .389), and runs batted in (4th - 59).
In conference play, Alabama pitching has allowed the fewest walks (23), second-fewest hits (69) and the third-fewest runs (33).
The Alabama defense has a .974 fielding percentage, the third-highest total in the league and one of five teams above .970. Alabama is tied with Ole Miss with the second-fewest errors in the league at 27.
Over its last five games, Alabama is hitting .367 (18-4) with two outs along with 27 RBIs, over 60 percent of the team’s run total.
Alabama senior outfielder Haylie McCleney and junior pitcher Sydney Littlejohn are both among the 25 finalists for the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. The list will be narrowed to 10 on May 11, three on May 25 and the winner will be announced on May 31 just prior to the start of the Women’s College World Series. McCleney was one of 26 finalists for the award last season and was a top-10 finalist two years ago as a sophomore. This is Littlejohn’s first appearance on the list, joined by nine other pitchers.