Alabama Softball Maintains Top-10 Ranking in Week Two Polls
A series loss on the road last weekend dropped Alabama softball in the week two polls, but the Crimson Tide maintained a spot in the top 10, coming in at No. 10 in both the USA Today/NFCA poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, released Tuesday.
Alabama dropped five spots in the USA Today/NFCA poll and six spots in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll after falling in two out of three games at Louisiana, who in turn rose to No. 16 in both of this week’s polls. Previously top-ranked Florida suffered its first loss of the season last weekend, allowing in-state rival Florida State to jump into the top spot in both polls. Auburn holds steady at No. 2 while the Gators are at No. 3. Oklahoma and Oregon take the next two spots in the NFCA poll while it’s UCLA and the Sooners in the USA Softball poll.
Alabama is one of nine SEC schools ranked in this week’s top 25, the most of any conference. Ranked SEC teams include Auburn (2/2), Florida (3/3), LSU (7/8), Alabama (10/10), Georgia (11/12), Tennessee (15/13), Texas A&M (18/18), Missouri (20/22) and Kentucky (22/24). South Carolina and Ole Miss are just outside the top 25 receiving votes in both polls while Arkansas is also receiving votes in the USA Softball poll.
This week, Alabama hosts North Florida (7-4) on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. CT before welcoming UCF, Texas Tech and Gardner-Webb to Tuscaloosa for the Easton Bama Bash. The Crimson Tide will play five games over three days starting on Friday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. CT.