Today’s Softball Schedule
|North Texas vs. Florida||Noon||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|LSU vs. South Carolina||Noon||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|Ole Miss vs. Missouri||1 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Tennessee vs. Texas A&M||1 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Auburn vs. Alabama||1 p.m.||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|Georgia vs. Arkansas||2 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Kentucky vs. Mississippi State||2 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Florida A&M vs. Florida||2:30 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
A few big weekend series lie ahead in the world of SEC softball, but to get there, the teams of the SEC have to get through their nonconference portion of the week.
That begins on Tuesday night as seven of the 13 clubs are in action. Two of them are hosting doubleheaders as Mizzou plays Western Illinois while the red-hot Tennessee Volunteers host Tennessee State. The Vols are the hottest team in the conference, having won their last 14 games to propel them to a 35-5 record. Mizzou meanwhile are losers of their last two games and are a paltry 21-16 on the year. This doubleheader against WIU gives them the opportunity to regain their composure and gather some confidence as the home stretch approaches.
Elsewhere, No. 20 Kentucky looks to get back on track against Marshall. The Wildcats have had a rough go lately, losing their last four and dropping to a 5-7 record in conference play and 24-11 overall. They’ll be tested for certain against the Thundering Herd who are 32-5 (!) this season with a 7-3 record on the road. Entering play on Tuesday, Marshall is riding a six-game win streak and have won an impressive 23 of their last 24 games dating all the way back to March 3. That’s impressive any particular way you slice it, so it would certainly behoove the Wildcats to not overlook the Thundering Herd when they take the field on Tuesday night.
Checking at 24-14 to this point, the Arkansas Razorbacks look to push their win streak to three when they host 26-12 Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane have been somewhat successful on the road this year, posting an 8-4 mark in road games this year. They walk into this matchup 12-2 in their last 14 games dating back to March 15 when, interestingly enough, they played the same Razorbacks that they take on Tuesday. The Hogs will be seeking revenge in this one as they took an 8-0 loss on the chin at Collins Family Softball Complex out in Oklahoma.
Alabama meanwhile should be able to make quick work of UAB, who is just 13-25 on the year so far. The Blazers (or Fighting Trogdors, depending on your preference) have lost their last four entering play in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday and five of their last six dating back to April 1. Fresh off a series win over LSU, the Crimson Tide should be able to keep things rolling unless something rather dramatic happens.
Finally, 23-16 South Carolina faces 27-13 Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers will be hosting the Gamecocks and Tuesday and that could tip the scales in their favor. CCU is a robust 26-7 at home in the 2017 season and are 7-3 in their last 10 home games in Conway. The Gamecocks’ road record leaves some seeds of doubt as they’re only 4-7 in contests away from Columbia.
(LSU’s game vs. McNeese has been rained out)