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|
No games on Thursday. That’s okay! Because Friday (and this weekend) are absolutely loaded.
Every game on Friday will feature at least one ranked team taking the field. Four of the six matchups are featuring teams in the Top 25, four from the Top 20, and one in particular sees teams slotted at 10th and 12th in the country. That of course is the nonconference collision between the Washington Huskies and Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide, 37-9 on the year, welcome the 32-10 Huskies to Tuscaloosa for a rematch of last year’s NCAA Super Regional encounter that the two clubs had. The Huskies come into the contest having won four of their last five and six of their last eight including two victories over the touted Oregon Ducks and one over the UCLA Bruins.
Apart from that heavyweight nonconference battle, there’s still plenty to like. No. 4 Texas A&M looks to avenge a loss to UL Lafayette on Wednesday when they welcome the Georgia Bulldogs to College Station. The ‘Dawgs took out Georgia State on Wednesday with a confidence-boosting 11-1 victory and they’ll need all the runs they can get against the high-powered Aggies.
Meanwhile, red-hot Tennessee, winners of their last 18, take that win streak with them against the LSU Tigers. The Vols will have to earn it, with the game being played down in Baton Rouge but they’ve proved themselves worthy on the road this year with a 6-2 record in ‘true’ road games and a mark of 17-4 in all games played outside of Knoxville.
The top-ranked Florida Gators will be welcoming 20th-ranked Ole Miss to Gainesville as well. The Rebels have been rolling of late, winners of their last five and they’ll be looking to spoil UF’s fun at the top of the standings. The Gators have a lead, albeit slim, over everybody with a 15-2 mark in conference play and with Tennessee rolling and A&M in action Friday as well, a loss could cause a logjam at the top spot in the conference.
Elsewhere, 7th-ranked Auburn and 21st-ranked Kentucky take the field to begin road series. The Tigers take on South Carolina while the Wildcats head west to battle with Missouri. A big trough separates Auburn and the Gamecocks, so Kasey Cooper and company should be able to win this series to keep the ball rolling. Kentucky, meanwhile, is not so far away from Mizzou. The two are tied in the loss column with one win hanging over the two, giving UK the (albeit small) edge to this point. This series could tilt either team so it will be interesting to see what goes down in both Columbias this weekend.