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Alabama takes on Arkansas in first round of SEC Softball Tournament

Alabama looks for sixth SEC tourney title under Coach Patrick Murphy

Alabamas softball team didnt grab one of the top four seeds that has earned a bye in this weeks 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.

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