Tide Gets Closer To Number 1

Alabama softball had a pretty impressive week, but the Crimson Tide remained only number two in the nation in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25. The Crimson Tide of Coach Patrick Murphy won four of five games against nationally ranked teams on the road last week. But Bama still trails number one ranked Tennessee, even though the Vols lost a game to an unranked team last week.

Alabama has the highest winning percentage of any team in the poll with a 28-1 (.966) record. The Crimson Tide also is the only team with just one loss. Last week Bama earned recognition as the last undefeated team in Division I at 25-0 before an 8-4 loss at Florida last Wednesday. It was the second longest winning streak to start the season for Alabama, just two games shy of the 27-0 start by the 2001 team, which returned three All-America playerss.

The number two ranking matches the highest ranking in school history.

Alabama gained ground on number one Tennessee and trail the Lady Vols by only five points with 478 points. Tennessee lost to unranked Ole Miss last week but maintained its top spot in the rankings. The Tide received seven first place votes while the Lady Vols had 11 and Oklahoma moved up to number three with two first place votes.

Bama has now been ranked in the Top 10 for 23 consecutive weeks and in the Top 25 in the last 67 polls.

Two teams dropped out of the top 25 this week, and they were the teams that Bama defeated last week. Bama split two games with Florida in Gainesville before going on to sweep South Carolina in Columbia.

The Crimson Tide will play five more SEC games this week. Bama hosts Arkansas at 5 p.m. Wednesday for a doubleheader. Bama then travels to Baton Rouge for a three-game set against number nine LSU Saturday and Sunday.

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