Alabama softball: Bittersweet bracket for SEC semifinalists; Rolando McClain’s downward spiral continues

Welcome to The Rammer Jammer, SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap. Today, we look at a daunting path forward for Alabama softball. 

Alabama softball’s SEC Tournament run paid the most essential dividends, even if the tournament didn’t end in a conference title for the Crimson Tide.

Patrick Murphy’s squad fell to Ole Miss, again, when its bats went cold at the worst possible moment, again. The 4-1 loss ended Alabama’s SEC run in the semifinals, but a pair of wins over Arkansas and Texas A&M was enough to earn Alabama a top-16 seed in the NCAA Tournament, high enough to host a regional. 

That’s the good news (ish). The bad news (no ish, just bad) is that Alabama’s regional is nightmarishly difficult, featuring a matchup against Big 10 champion Minnesota, who was drastically underseeded considering its record is 54-3, and Conference USA champion Louisiana Tech.

Alabama has advanced to a Super Regional every year since they were introduced. If that trend holds true despite the competition, the Crimson Tide will likely be traveling to take on Florida.

Alabama’s play in the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional begins Friday at 4 p.m.

ICYMI

Built by Bama

In the latest installation in a frustrating saga of an NFL career gone wrong, Rolando McClain was arrested for possession of marijuana and a pistol without a permit. No player’s career has been so derailed for such relatively minor offenses, from his time in the NFL’s drug program to a handful of dismissed misdemeanors.

Cam Robinson bought his mother a car for Mother’s Day.

Around the Capstone

The baseball team’s postseason aspirations were officially ended when it was swept by Florida over the weekend, putting it too far back of Georgia and Tennessee to qualify for the SEC Tournament. The loss to a very good Florida team is the last gasp of a very bad Crimson Tide team that couldn’t string together enough competent games to win more than one series in the SEC. While I think it unlikely that Greg Goff will be fired after one season, he’s certainly doing little to help his case – other than sweeping Auburn, anyway.

The men’s golf team will open play at the NCAA Washington Regional at 10:20 a.m. at the Aldarra Golf Club when Steven Setterstrom tees off for Alabama. 

Alabama finished third at the SEC Track and Field Championships, buoyed partially by Tony Brown’s return to the track.

And finally, gymnast Mary Lillian Sanders was awarded her commission as a second lieutenant of the United States Marine Corps, as I first wrote about a couple of years ago. Congratulations and Semper Fi.

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