Tide In Top Five

The University of Alabama softball team jumped up three spots to No. 5 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top-25 Poll after winning the Century-Tel Softball Classic in San Marcos, Texas last weekend.

Alabama has started 5-0 for the third straight year. The Crimson Tide of Coach Patrick Murphy scored 46 runs in the five games, including 11 in an 11-1 victory over Oklahoma State in the championship game. The pitching staff also started strong giving up only five totals runs in the five games with two shutouts. Bama is one of just nine ranked teams remaining with an undefeated record.

Joining Alabama in the top five are two other SEC teams, two from the Pac-10 and one Big XII squad. Tennessee received 13 first place votes to move up one spot to No. 1, the first SEC team to claim the top spot in a poll. LSU is tied with the Tide for fifth with 393 points. Arizona State is No. 2 with one first-place vote, Texas A&M made the biggest jump from No. 14 to No. 3, receiving five first-place votes. Arizona dropped three spots to No. 4 after losing two games in the opening weekend.

Georgia and Florida also represent the SEC in the top-25. Georgia fell to No. 18 after a pair of losses to No. 13 Louisiana Lafayette. Florida is one spot behind the Bulldogs at No. 19 to make their debut in the top-25.

The Crimson Tide opens its home schedule this weekend with the Hampton Inn BAMA BASH! Bama will face Radford at 3 p.m. and Michigan State at 5 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday they will face Toledo at 1 p.m. and will play at either 3 or 5 p.m. based on their seed for bracket play.


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