Thanks in part to a late season surge, Alabama softball will be hosting their an NCAA regional for the 14th consecutive season.

The Crimson Tide begins NCAA Tournament play at 8:30 PM Friday against Middle Tennessee from Rhoads Stadium.

Meanwhile, Alabama baseball has dropped five straight SEC series including losing two out of three games at LSU last weekend.

During this week's edition of the Across the Diamond podcast, James Hardy and Josh Smith examine Alabama softball's good fortune in not only hosting a regional but receiving a No. 12 seed from the NCAA Softball Tournament Selection Committee.

The duo also took a look ahead to the finale weekend of the 2018 baseball season as Brad Bohanon's Crimson Tide host Ole Miss Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Other topics include:

The excitement surrounding Selection Sunday for Alabama softball.

Keys for Alabama softball this weekend.

With the SEC seeing all 13 softball programs receive a regional bid, the reasons why the conference has seen their status rise nationally.

Reasons for Alabama baseball's lack of success in SEC play.

Progress report for baseball and softball teams around the state of Alabama.