The University of Alabama is synonymous with college football. Those two things go together like RC Cola and Moon Pies. What most casual fans do not realize is that Alabama possesses one of the country's top all-around athletic departments. Aside from being one of the best football teams in the country, Alabama has top-five gymnastics, golf and softball teams. Alabama's track & field and swimming & diving teams both have national champion athletes competing for them. Yes, the University of Alabama is known for football. But the Crimson Tide is synonymous with victory.
No. 4 Alabama plays the winner of the Georgia/Ole Miss game on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CT in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to open the 2015 SEC tournament. The Crimson Tide boast the SEC's top pitching staff. Alabama's rotation leads the SEC in ERA (1.99), strikeouts (168), opponents' average (.210), runs allowed (66) and home runs allowed (9) in conference play. Alabama sits at sixth in Monday's RPI ranking. The Tide will play in the NCAA Tournament regardless of the outcome of the SEC Tournament, but Alabama would definitely move up in seeding with a strong showing in Baton Rouge.
Alabama has a number of core players who won conference awards for their excellence this season. The list is below.
- Alexis Osorio- SEC Freshman of the Year, 1st Team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman Team
- Haylie McCleney- Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 1st Team All-SEC, SEC All-Defensive Team
- Marisa Runyon- 2nd Team All-SEC
- Demi Turner- 2nd Team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman Team
Alabama's women's golf team is the No. 8 seed in the NCAA Raleigh Regional. The Tide will begin play Thursday and will finish the 54-hole Regional on Saturday. The top six teams will advance to the NCAA Championships at The Concession Golf Club on May 22-27 in Bradenton, Florida.
The Crimson Tide are the fourth seed in the NCAA Noblesville Regional. The Tide will compete in the 54-hole regional on May 14-16 at the Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana. Alabama will need to finish in the top five to advance to the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Florida. Alabama is the two-time defending national champion and is looking for the elusive three-peat.
Alabama earned the 13-seed in the NCAA Tournament and will be a host site for the first and second rounds of the tournament. The Tide will welcome Clemson, Samford and South Alabama to Tuscaloosa for the opening rounds on May 8 and 9. Alabama boasts the country's top ranked women's doubles team of Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe. Jansen and Routliffe have posted an 18-1 (9-1 SEC) record and have beaten three top-ten teams. Jansen and Routliffe will compete for the Doubles Championship May 20-25 at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas.