Stuart McNair

After dropping series in Louisiana and falling in polls, Alabama returns home

Alabama remains in top 10 in both polls and has home games coming up

Alabama’s softball team had an unexpected bump in the road in its second weekend of play, but the results weren’t devastating and now the Crimson Tide of Coach Patrick Murphy has an opportunity to get started back towards the top with a handful of home games, including this weekend’s Bama Bash.
Alabama won its opening game against Louisiana-Lafayette on the road last weekend, but then the Tide was defeated by the Ragin’ Cajuns in the next two games.
The series loss to Louisiana-Lafayette dropped Alabama down in this week’s polls, but the Crimson Tide maintained a spot in the top 10, coming in at No. 10 in both the USA Today/NFCA poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball ranking.
This week, Alabama hosts North Florida (7-4) in Rhoads Stadium at 6 p.m. CST Wednesday. This weekend the Tide will host UCF, Texas Tech, and Gardner-Webb to Tuscaloosa for the annual Bama Bash. The Crimson Tide will play five games over three days starting on Friday at 4 p.m. CT.
Alabama dropped five spots in the USA Today/NFCA poll and six spots in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll after falling in two out of three games at Louisiana, who in turn rose to No. 16 in both of this week’s polls.
Previously top-ranked Florida suffered its first loss of the season last weekend, allowing in-state rival Florida State to jump into the top spot in both polls. Auburn holds steady at No. 2 while the Gators are at No. 3. Oklahoma and Oregon take the next two spots in the NFCA poll while it’s UCLA and the Sooners in the USA Softball poll.
Alabama is one of nine SEC schools ranked in this week’s top 25, the most of any conference. Ranked SEC teams include Auburn (2/2), Florida (3/3), LSU (7/8), Alabama (10/10), Georgia (11/12), Tennessee (15/13), Texas A&M (18/18), Missouri (20/22) and Kentucky (22/24). South Carolina and Ole Miss are just outside the top 25 receiving votes in both polls while Arkansas is also receiving votes in the USA ranking.


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