Alabama softball’s series win on the road over Texas A&M helped the Crimson Tide maintain its No. 4 ranking for the third-straight week in both the USA Today/NFCA poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
The series win against the Aggies marked the fourth Southeastern Conference series win of the season for Coach Patrick Murphy’s Crimson Tide. Three of the four SEC series wins came against top 25 opponents – No. 16 Missouri, No. 1 Florida, and No. 16 Texas A&M.
Alabama is now 38-8 overall and 10-5 in SEC games, and the Tide is 11-7 against top 25 opponents with seven of those 11 wins coming in conference play.
Bama has a non-conference game Wednesday hosting the South Alabama Jaguars (26-12) at 6 p.m. CDT at Rhoads Stadium. The Tide has an all-time record of 11-0 against South Alabama.
Today’s game vs. South Alabama marks the 32nd and final non-conference game of the regular season for the Crimson Tide. Alabama is 28-3 in non-conference games this season, including a 17-3 mark against teams ranked in the top 100 in the latest RPI.
This weekend, Alabama welcomes 11th-ranked Kentucky to Rhoads Stadium for a three-game series starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. To date, the Wildcats are the highest-ranked home opponent for the Tide this season.
Florida, Michigan, Auburn, and Alabama remain in the top four spots in both polls, with Louisiana-Lafayette dropping out of the top five after being swept by the Gators. Pac 12 leader Oregon moved into the No. 5 spot. Georgia fell out of the top 10 in both polls after dropping its weekend series to Tennessee.
Nine SEC schools are represented in the top 25 this week, the most of any conference: Florida (1/1), Auburn (3/3), Alabama (4/4), Kentucky (11/11), Tennessee (12/13), Georgia (13/12), LSU (14/15), Texas A&M (16/17), and Missouri (19/19). Ole Miss is also receiving votes.
Alabama will be attempting to start a new winning streak after dropping the final game of the Texas A&M series. Bama had won eight in a row before that loss in College Station. The Tide offense has scored at least seven runs in seven of its last eight games, hitting at least one home run in six of them.
Alabama pitching has allowed the fewest walks of any SEC team with 80, averaging just one base on balls every 3.6 innings.null