Alabama softball will host Missouri, Mississippi State, Georgia and Kentucky at Rhoads Stadium in SEC play in the 2019 season while visiting Texas A&M, South Carolina, Florida and LSU, The Tuscaloosa News has learned.
The Crimson Tide will play a three-game series with each SEC opponent. All 13 softball-playing conference teams made the 64-team NCAA Tournament field in 2018.
All in all, Alabama will play at least 30 games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament, 24 of them in conference play. UA will also face Arizona, Minnesota, Cal State-Fullerton, South Florida, Saint Francis and Illinois-Chicago in out-of-conference play.
Seven 2019 Alabama opponents – Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Arizona – made it to the super regional round of the NCAA Tournament, with Florida and Georgia advancing to the Women’s College World Series.
Alabama will play in tournaments at Troy, Arizona and Hawaii next season. The field in the Troy tournament is expected to include Maryland and Murray State as well as the host Trojans. The Arizona tournament will include the host Wildcats, Cal State-Fullerton, South Florida, Illinois-Chicago and New Mexico. The field for the Hawaii tournament is not yet set.
Alabama will host Minnesota, Missouri State and Louisiana-Monroe in the Bama Bash tournament and Michigan State, Southern Miss and Saint Francis in the Crimson Classic.
Alabama will play non-conference home games against South Alabama, Georgia Tech, UAB and Georgia State. The Crimson Tide will also visit UAB in an early-season game.
The schedule also includes a game against Belmont in Cullman, a homecoming visit for infielder Claire Jenkins.
The complete schedule with dates will not be released until later in the year.