Alabama’s weekend of softball hasn’t even gotten started, and already the schedule has changed. Projected inclement weather on Sunday in Oxford means that Alabama and Ole Miss are playing a doubleheader Saturday with games schjeduled to begin at 2 p.m. CDT and 6 p.m. The series will conclude Monday.
Alabama, ranked 13th in the nation, is 38-11 overall and 10-7 in Southeastern Conference games. Ole Miss, ranked 20th, is 32-16, including 6-12 in the conference.
Alabama defeated Samford, 8-1, in its final non-conference game of the regular season Tuesday in Birmingham.
The Crimson Tide has been living on its pitching this year. Bama is second in the SEC in strikeouts (411), with league-leader Florida as the only other team with over 300 this season. Alabama also ranks second in opposing batting average (.166) and hits allowed (189) and is third in walks drawn (216), earned run average (1.54) and fielding percentage (.978).
Alexis Osorio leads the league and is seventh nationally with 233 strikeouts, one of two pitchers in the SEC with over 200 strikeouts. Littlejohn is fourth in the SEC with 152 strikeouts, making Alabama and Florida the only SEC schools to have over 300 strikeouts between two starters. Littlejohn also ranks fifth in the SEC with a 1.05 ERA.
To say that Alabama has been superior in this series is an understatement. Bama has won 29 in a row and has an all-time record of 57-2 vs. the Rebels. The 96.6 winning percentage against Ole Miss is Alabama’s highest against any SEC opponent.