March 18, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After another sweep in conference play, the Alabama Crimson Tide continue to move up the rankings as they are ranked No. 7 in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and No. 9 in the latest USA Today/NFCA poll.
In the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, the Tide jumped two spots from No. 9 last week to No. 7 this week. Another loss in SEC play for the Florida Gators cost them their top spot as they fall to No. 2, with the UCLA Bruins as the new No. 1 team. Tennessee dropped one spot as well, sitting at No. 3 this week while earning one first-place vote.
Alabama moved up one spot in the Week Six USA Today/NFCA poll, from No. 10 last week to No. 9 this week. Despite another loss in conference play, Florida remains in the top spot for the fifth-consecutive week, earning 23 of 32 first-place votes. UCLA received the remaining nine first-place votes to move up to No. 2 after a weekend sweep over No. 7 Arizona.
Eight teams in the SEC are ranked in both polls this week, the most of any conference: Florida (1/2), Tennessee (4/3), Kentucky (8/10), Alabama (9/7), Georgia (14/14), Texas A&M (15/18), Missouri (18/20) and Auburn (21/21). LSU is receiving votes in both polls while Arkansas is receiving votes in just the USA Today/NFCA poll.
Alabama is 24-4 overall this season, including a perfect 6-0 record in SEC play after series sweeps over South Carolina and Ole Miss. Alabama and Georgia are the only teams undefeated in SEC play, though the Bulldogs have only played one conference series.
This week, the Crimson Tide hosts Georgia State (12-12) Wednesday night at 6 p.m. CT before hitting the road for a three-game SEC series in Gainesville, Fla. against the top-ranked Gators (28-2, 4-2 SEC) this weekend.
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