The Alabama softball team ranks in the top four in several major offensive categories after a big weekend at the plate at Kentucky. UA batted .356 over three games at UK with five home runs and seven doubles.
The 16th-ranked Crimson Tide (24-9 overall, 5-4 in SEC play) took two out of three from the Wildcats, scoring 24 runs. Freshman outfielder Kaylee Tow led Alabama, going 7 for 10 with four RBIs and four runs scored. She has had four straight multiple-hit games. Sophomore outfielder Gabby Callaway went 6 for 11, with three doubles and a home run.
In SEC games only, Alabama is second in batting average (.300), slugging percentage (.469), runs scored (47), doubles (12) and total bases (114), third in on-base percentage (.379), hits (73) and home runs (9), and fourth in RBIs (42).
UA’s top batters in league play are Tow (.414), Merris Schroder (.391), Reagan Dykes (.375), Callaway (.333) and Sydney Booker (.333).
For a team that was expected to be strong in pitching and defense, Alabama is a surprising seventh in the SEC in team earned-run average (3.34) in conference games and ranks dead last in fielding percentage (.947).
The Crimson Tide is tied for sixth in league standings with Arkansas and Texas A&M.
Alabama will host No. 4 Florida, which leads the SEC with a 7-2 league record (32-4 overall) in a three-game series starting Saturday. The first game is set for noon that day on ESPN2, with Sunday’s game set for 2 p.m. (also on ESPN2) and Monday’s finale scheduled for 6 p.m. (SEC Network).