The national college softball polls are crowded at the top with Southeastern Conference teams, including the Alabama Crimson Tide which has been stuck on 4 for four weeks.
Last weekend the Tide took two of three games from No. 11 Kentucky at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa, and the result was that Bama stayed fourth and the Wildcats stayed 11th in both the USA Today/NFCA and the ESPN.com/USA Softball polls.
Alabama is now 41-9 overall and 12-6 in SEC play. The series win over the 11th-ranked Wildcats improved Alabama’s record to 13-8 against top-25 opponents, with nine of those 13 wins coming in conference play.
This weekend, Alabama travels to Columbia, S.C., for a three-game SEC series against the South Carolina Gamecocks (32-13, 5-10 SEC) starting Friday.
There are no new teams in the top 10 this week, with the top five remaining in the same position from last week.
James Madison and Florida State are both ranked sixth in one poll and seventh in the other, as are Louisiana-Lafayette and Oklahoma in the No. 8 and 9 spots. Washington is ranked No. 10 in both polls. Five of the six teams immediately outside the top 10 are SEC teams.
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), LSU (12/14), Tennessee (13/12), Georgia (14/15), Missouri (16/16) and Texas A&M (18/22).
Others in the Top 10 are Michigan at No. 2, and Oregon No. 5.