Alabama Softball Moves To Fourth

The good news is that Alabama has moved up two spots in the national rankings to No. 4 after the first week of college softball. The bad news is that Bama is still on the third highest ranked team in the Southeastern Conference.



After starting the season 5-0, Alabama softball moved up to No. 4 ranking in the latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll. The Crimson Tide of Coach Patrick Murphy started the season in sixth place.

While Bama is number four, two SEC teams are in the top two spots in the poll.

Tennessee (4-0) holds firm on the No. 1 overall spot, earning 19 first-place votes, while Florida (6-0) jumped two spots to No. 2 overall with 11 first-place votes. Washington (5-0) earned the remaining two first-place votes and is ranked third. Alabama (5-0), Arizona State (6-0), Michigan (3-1), Kentucky (5-0), Texas A&M (5-0), Nebraska (3-1) and Oregon (4-1) round out the top 10.

Alabama maintained its No. 6 ranking in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25. Florida is the new No. 1 team, edging out Tennessee by just one point, though the Lady Vols still earned the most first-place votes with 11.

Alabama continues its season this weekend at the Hillenbrand Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. The Crimson Tide will play five games over four days, beginning with Grand Canyon on Friday. First pitch is at 2 p.m. CST.

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