Expectations for Alabama softball have always been sky-high. Most Tide fans have come to expect not only a postseason birth but to be hosting a regional. Despite some struggles this season, Alabama once again will be hosting an NCAA Regional for a 14th straight season. They earned the #12 overall seed. The other participants in the double-elimination bracket are Wisconsin, Oregon State, and Middle Tennessee State.
Wisconsin (28-21) upset Auburn earlier this season. Otherwise, it has been a rocky season for the Badgers. Second base(wo)men Kelsey Jenkins leads the team with a .421 batting average.
Oregon State (28-26) beat a few ranked teams but suffered a nine-game losing streak from late April into early May.
Middle Tennessee State (39-20) won their first-ever Conference USA tournament championship. Pitcher Cori Jennings is 21-9 with a 2.23 ERA. The Blue Raiders faced only one ranked team this season, being swept by Kentucky in a doubleheader by a collective score of 22-2.
Alabama (33-18) The Tide’s record is nothing to scoff at. However, the 12-12 SEC record is not something Bama fans are used to seeing. Credit this to the widespread improvement of softball across the conference. All 13 SEC teams (Vandy does not field a team) advanced to the regionals. Nine of those are among the 16 seeds.
Alabama finished the season strong with a win over Top 10 Georgia, a sweep of Top 10 Texas A&M and a first round win over #15 Auburn in the SEC Tournament. The only team to slow the Tide down in the month of May is #4 Florida in the SEC tournament.
Game 1 against MTSU can be seen on ESPN3.