After Rainout, Tide Plays For Title

No one is going to suggest that Alabama is in position to back in to the Southeastern Conference softball championship, but the weather has proved to be Bama's friend thus far. And if the Crimson Tide can sweep its upcoming series—and the weather cooperates—Alabama could take the title.



The finale of the three game Southeastern Conference softball series between Alabama and Tennessee was cancelled due to inclement weather in Tuscaloosa Sunday. The game will not be made up. Alabama swept Tennessee in Saturday's doubleheader by scores of 4-2 and 7-6. That left Alabama with a 20-4 SEC record, three wins ahead of Florida, which is 17-4 owing to rainouts this season.

The situation, thus, is that the Crimson Tide will finish first in regular season conference play and earn the number one seed in the SEC Tournament if Bama can sweep Mississippi State in the final sezries of the year this weekend. Alabama will have to play (and win) at least one game to clinch the title.

Alabama also had to sweep Tennessee.

If Alabama wins the championship, it will have overcome an early season series loss at the hands of Florida in Tuscaloosa.

Nevertheless, the Crimson Tide will be a worthy champion if it can hold on. Bama is 42-9 overall, has played the toughest schedule in the nation, and is ranked fourth nationally.

Alabama now has an 18-game winning streak.

In addition to its wins over Tennessee on Saturday, Alabama cruised to a 13-1 win over top ten Georgia Tech in a non-conference game last week.

The final win on Saturday was the 300th SEC victory in school history.

Alabama out-scored its opponents 24-9 on the week and batted .357 while posting a 2.58 ERA. The Tide slugged six home runs to break the single season SEC record of 86, set by Florida last season. Alabama has 88 long balls.

Sophomore Kendall Dawson led the offensive attack over the week by batting .571 (4 for 7) with a home run and five RBI. Freshman Courtney Conley also added a home run and five RBI. The duo hit back-to-back homers in the 7-6 win over Tennessee on ESPN Saturday night.

Alabama and Mississippi State will play a doubleheader Saturday in Starkville. First pitch is at 1 p.m. CDT. On Sunday, the teams will play a single game beginning at 1 p.m.

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