If you can’t go up, at least don’t go down. Alabama lost one game at South Carolina last weekend, but the Crimson Tide won the series and retained its No. 4 spot in the two college softball polls for the fifth consecutive week.
Alabama is 43-10 overall and 14-7 in Southeastern Conference play and continues to be in the four spot in both the USA Today/NFCA and the ESPN.com/USA Softball polls.
With the series win over South Carolina, the Crimson Tide has now won at least six SEC series in four of the last five years. Alabama returns home for its final conference series of the regular season this weekend, welcoming the No. 15/16 Georgia Bulldogs (39-14, 11-10 SEC) to Tuscaloosa.
A pair of lopsided losses to Tennessee moved Auburn out of the top five for the first time this season, coming in at No. 6 this week. Oregon jumped from No. 5 to the vacant No. 3 spot while Florida State slid into No. 5, its first top-five appearance of the season. The two wins allowed the Vols to climb into the top 10 in both polls, pushing Washington to No. 11.
Nine SEC schools are represented in the top 25 this week, the most of any conference: Florida (1/1), Alabama (4/4), Auburn (6/6), Tennessee (10/9), Kentucky (12/12), LSU (13/T14), Georgia (15/16), Missouri (16/T14) and Texas A&M (17/23)
Others in the top 10 are No. 2 Michigan, No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 8 James Madison, and No. 9 Louisiana-Monroe.