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SEC Softball Update: April 14

Before another weekend of conference play, let’s pop in and find out what’s going down!

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We’ve got about a month left in this season! So let’s check out what’s going down:

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

Observations

  • Arkansas has won each of their last four SEC series and is really catching fire. The Razorbacks have won eight in a row and they have left teams behind them in the dust. They outscored Auburn this past weekend 28-11, including a 17-4 romp in the series finale. During this eight-game winning streak, Danielle Gibson and her Razorback teammates have outscored their opponents 71-19. They might still be looking up at Alabama in the polls, but they’re quietly emerging as my team to beat in this conference.
  • And that isn’t to say ‘Bama is a slouch themselves. The Tide have won their last three SEC series, including back-to-back series wins over Georgia and Florida. They swept South Carolina, but they thus far are the only team they’ve swept. One area though where ‘Bama is certifiably better than Arkansas this season is pitching. Alabama leads the SEC in ERA (2.22), have the fewest runs allowed (95), the most strikeouts (312), and the fewest home runs allowed (18).
  • Right behind Alabama in the pitching department is Florida. The Gators have the second-lowest ERA (2.32), the second-fewest runs allowed (96), and the second-fewest homers given up (19). They don’t quite have the strikeout numbers that Alabama or Auburn have, as those two squads have over 300. Alabama’s 246 is still a really great number, just not up in the upper echelon of the conference.
  • Slugging and throwing strikeouts have been the name of the game for Georgia this season. The Dawgs are the only team in the conference going into Thursday to post over 300 runs scored (306) and have a whopping 292 strikeouts thrown by their pitching staff. With all this said though, their pitching staff has been susceptible to some routs. While their run-scoring abilities have been grand, they could certainly stand to tighten up their run-prevention.
  • Kentucky has been a high riser of late. The Wildcats have come on strong and offensively they’ve been great. They’re hitting the ball at will, getting on base a whole lot, and powering on through SEC play. The pitching could stand to be better, but their surging play has them creeping up to the top.