Alabama softball should have gotten a little boost last weekend after the Crimson Tide took two of three games from eighth-ranked LSU. Bama had fallen out of the top ten for the first time this year prior to taking the series against the Tigers.
Friday’s 3-0 victory over LSU marked the 21st shutout of the season for Alabama. It is the most shutouts in a season since 2011 and the sixth-most in program history, just five shy of tying the single-season record, set in 2009.
Alabama improved to 35-7 going into this week and hosting a team the Crimson Tide has had little trouble with over the years. Alabama is 20-0 all-time against UAB, which visits Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa at 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday. The Blazers are 13-25 this year, including a tough eight-inning 5-4 loss to Alabama earlier this season.
Alabama is led by ace pitcher Alexis Osorio who has 217 strikeouts this season, leading the Southeastern Conference and ranking fourth in the nation. Sydney Littlejohn is third in the SEC with 142 strikeouts, making Alabama the only conference team to have over 300 strikeouts between two starters.
UAB is led by Analyse Petree at the plate, while Claire Blount is the top pitcher for the Blazers.
Following the midweek game against UAB, Alabama will go to Knoxville for an unusual Saturday-Sunday-Monday series against Tennessee.