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SEC Softball Check-In: Late March

Alright, so, it’s been a minute, excuse us...

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The NCAA Tournament has kinda taken up the attention of late around here. But, fear not: We’re still here to give you some postings about softball!

Let’s check in with how the league is doing after a few weeks of hiatus here:

SEC Softball Standings (thru 4/24)

Team Wins Losses Conf Wins Conf Losses RS RA Diff
Team Wins Losses Conf Wins Conf Losses RS RA Diff
Arkansas 35 8 14 4 325 147 178
Auburn 36 10 9 9 307 134 173
Florida 35 12 11 10 280 128 152
Alabama 39 8 14 7 270 120 150
Tennessee 33 13 11 6 295 153 142
Georgia 37 11 10 8 342 202 140
LSU 30 17 10 8 284 162 122
Kentucky 30 13 9 8 291 170 121
Texas A&M 26 18 5 13 271 161 110
Ole Miss 33 14 8 10 253 153 100
Mississippi State 29 19 8 10 252 170 82
Mizzou 27 17 7 9 229 153 76
South Carolina 25 24 2 16 262 222 40

A few caddy observations:

  • The Georgia Bulldogs have absolutely been impressive this season. They lead the conference in wins (27), runs (242), home runs (58), and have the fewest runs allowed (49) in the conference. Their run differential of +193 is also the best in the league by a healthy margin. By those measures, UGA has been the best team in the league to this point. Their conference record will likely reflect it soon enough if they can keep this good juju going.
  • Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, and Florida are all hanging around the next tier. UF has been terrific at run-prevention, with the second-fewest amount of runs allowed (56) this season. Their pitching staff owns the top ERA in the conference (1.61) and the lowest BAA (.162) as well.

The Tigers meanwhile have the most strikeouts (265) out of any team in the conference. They’re one of three teams, joining top nemeses Alabama and Georgia, who have posted over 200 strikeouts from the circle this season. We’ll give Arkansas a shout out here too for their league-leading .443 OBP.

  • The next tier almost certainly consists of Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, and Tennessee. All these teams currently have over 20 wins right now. This will be an interesting battle in the middle of the pack as each tries to separate themselves. All seemingly have some flaws though that they need to iron out, some on offense, some in the circle.
  • Rounding it out we have Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Texas A&M. Ole Miss has 21 victories so far but their run differential is just +65. That’s the second-lowest in the league right now. There’s a bit of a difference between their runs and earned runs allowed, which suggests they might be getting a little unlucky, but that is where they stand now. South Carolina is struggling, meanwhile, as they have the worst team ERA in the league (4.01).

We’ll resume play on all this again next week! There’ll be a baseball post tomorrow, methinks. So stay tuned for that.