April 15, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A pair of conference road losses over the weekend dropped Alabama a few spots in the national rankings, but the Crimson Tide remain in the top 10 as they sit at No. 6 in this week’s ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/NFCA poll.
The Tide fell four spots in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, falling to No. 6 after earning a No. 2 ranking last week. Oregon is a unanimous No. 1 pick for the second-straight week, while UCLA moves up one spot from No. 3 last week to No. 2 this week. Michigan, Tennessee and Arizona State each moved up one spot as well with the vacancy left by the Crimson Tide, who sits behind those six teams this week.
Alabama dropped four spots in the USA Today/NFCA poll as well, falling from No. 3 last week to No. 7 this week. Oregon is the first unanimous No. 1 pick of the season in the poll, earning all 32 first-place votes. At No. 3, the Wolverines jumped the fourth-ranked Lady Vols while Florida and Arizona State sit in fifth and sixth, respectively.
Yet again, the SEC boasts the most top-25 teams of any conference as eight SEC teams are ranked in both polls: Tennessee (4/4), Alabama (6/7), Florida (7/6), Kentucky (11/8), Missouri (15/13), Georgia (18/15), Texas A&M (22/21) and Auburn (23/23). LSU cracked the Top 25 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, sitting at No. 24, but are still just receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA poll along with Mississippi State.
Despite falling in two out of three games in Starkville last weekend, Alabama still leads the SEC with a 15-3 conference record and owns the No. 1 ranking in the latest NCAA RPI.
This week, Alabama heads to Lagoon Park in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday, April 16 for a single non-conference game against the Auburn Tigers (31-12-1, 6-9 SEC) at 6:30 p.m. CT. This weekend, the Tide gets a break from conference play with three games in Chapel Hill, N.C. Alabama will play Georgia Southern (29-13) on Friday, April 18 at 2:30 p.m. CT followed by North Carolina (22-20) at 5 p.m. CT. On Saturday, the Tide will face the Tar Heels in a second contest at 11 a.m. CT.
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