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Alabama is one game back of league-leading Florida in SEC softball

Alabama softball continues in nation’s top ten

That 14-0 drubbing Alabama suffered at the hands of South Carolina last weekend didn’t send the Crimson Tide softball team sliding down the national polls. Bama came back to win two of three games in that series, improve its record to 30-4 overall and 7-2 in Southeastern Conference play, and enter the second half of the season ranked ninth in both the USA Today/NFCA poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
Through three weeks of SEC competition, the Crimson Tide and Texas A&M are tied for second, just one game back in the loss column from Florida at 7-1.
In the USA Softball poll, undefeated Oregon jumped to No. 1 for the first time this season with Florida and Florida State sliding down to No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Florida State, Florida and Oregon remain in the top three spots in this week’s NFCA poll, with Arizona jumping Auburn to move to No. 4 after a weekend sweep over previously sixth-ranked Washington, who now sits at No. 8. LSU is the only new team in the top 10 this week, switching spots with 11th-ranked James Madison in both polls.
Alabama fell to No. 7 in this week’s NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI) of the season. The rankings take a team’s win-loss record into account as well as its strength of schedule. The RPI rankings play a large role in the eventual seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
Alabama is one of 10 SEC schools ranked in this week’s top 25. Twelve of the 13 SEC teams are either ranked or receiving votes in at least one poll this week. Ranked SEC teams include Florida (2/2), Auburn (5/7), Texas A&M (7/5), Alabama (9/9), LSU (10/10), Kentucky (16/T16), Georgia (18/T16), Tennessee (19/19), Arkansas (23/24) and Ole Miss (24/RV). Missouri and South Carolina are receiving votes outside the top 25.
This weekend, Alabama continues SEC play on the road with a three-game series at Missouri (18-13, 1-4 SEC), starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Game two, set for a 5 p.m. start on Saturday, will be broadcast live on SEC Network.


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