The University of Alabama softball team played in front of 9,661 fans during last weekend’s three-game series vs. LSU, with Sunday’s game drawing a sellout crowd of 3,940.
Over the course of 26 games at Rhoads Stadium so far, Alabama is averaging 2,453 in attendance. The Crimson Tide is 24-2 at home. Last Friday’s victory over LSU was the 500th win for Alabama at its home ballpark. UA is now 501-78 (.865 winning percentage) all-time at the stadium that opened in 2000.
Alabama (35-7) sits in a tie for fourth place in the SEC standings, behind Florida (12-1 going into Monday’s game vs. Georgia), Texas A&M (9-2) and Tennessee (9-3). Alabama is tied with Auburn and LSU (both 8-4 in league play). Positions are determined by winning percentage, since teams have not all played an equal amount of games – each school gets a week off from SEC play during the season, with some schools having already had theirs and Alabama’s still ahead. There have also been games canceled due to weather.
Alabama is ranked No. 11 in the Softball Top 25 and No. 12 in the USA Today/NFCA coaches poll. Updated rankings will be released Tuesday. UA held steady at No. 12 in the latest official NCAA RPI (ratings percentage index) rankings after taking two out of three from LSU.
Alabama will host UAB on Tuesday night at 6 p.m., then travel to Tennessee for a three-game series starting Saturday. All three games vs. the Vols will be televised – Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. CT on the SEC Network, and Monday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
The 17th-ranked Vols are 35-5 and have won 14 games in a row. They swept Kentucky and Ole Miss over the last two weekends of SEC play.