Alabama’s softball team didn’t grab one of the top four seeds that has earned a bye in this week’s Southeastern Conference Tournament, but the Crimson Tide of Coach Patrick Murphy did the next best thing. Alabama is the No. 5 seed in the tournament and will meet 12th-seeded Arkansas at 11 a.m. CDT Wednesday. The SEC Network will televise the game from Sherri Parker Lee Stadium in Knoxville.
Alabama finished regular season play Sunday with a 3-2 win over Auburn and goes into the tournament with a 40-15 overall record and 12-11 SEC record. Arkansas is 31-21 overall and 7-17 in the conference.
Alabama swept the Razorbacks earlier this season in Tuscaloosa and own a 56-8 all-time mark against Arkansas, including a 4-1 record at the SEC Tournament. The last time the two teams met in the SEC Tournament was 2010, a 9-0 Tide victory in five innings.
Alabama owns a 36-23 all-time record at the SEC Tournament, including championship titles in 1998, 2003, 2005, 2010 and 2012.
The winner of Wednesday’s game will advance to face No. 4 seed Texas A&M (42-9, 16-7 SEC) on Thursday at 11 a.m. CDT on SEC Network. The tournament semifinals will take place on Friday on ESPN2 and the SEC Tournament championship will be on Saturday at 7 p.m. CDT on ESPN.