Even though the Alabama softball team slid out of the top 10 in both polls this week, its looming series with LSU can only be described as a showdown at Rhodes Stadium. Alabama is 33-6 overall, 8-4 in Southeastern Conference play, while the visitors are 31-7, 7-2 SEC. Alabama is No. 11 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/NFCA poll, while LSU is ranked No. 8 in both. In the NCAA’s RPI rankings, which are used in determining postseason seeding, LSU is 10th and Alabama 12th.
Alabama goes into the weekend at No. 12 in the official NCAA RPI (ratings percentage index) rankings.
The series marks the beginning of the final moth to the regular season, as the SEC Tournament will begin May 10 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Alabama softball vs. LSU, game time, details
Game 1: Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Game 2: Saturday, 9 p.m. ET
Game 3: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Rhodes Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
What’s the best way to watch the Alabama softball series vs. LSU?
It depends on the day, but all three games will be broadcasted:
Friday: SEC Network+ (online)
Saturday: SEC Network
Sunday: ESPN2. Mark Neely, Michelle Smith and Holly Rowe will call the game.
What’s the best way to keep up with the Alabama softball games vs. LSU?
Outside of watching them, all three games can be found:
What you should know
- According to the Tuscaloosa News, second baseman Demi Turner will miss the series after she suffered a fractured orbital bone and concussion last Saturday at Missouri. She’ll be sidelined until at least the middle of the month. The leadoff hitter tops the team in batting with a .387 average and 43 hits.
- Rain is not in the forecast for the entire weekend, but Friday’s game could be played in windy conditions, and it’ll be chilly after the sun sets for the night games.
- Alabama is 22-1 at home this season. The next win will be No. 500 at Rhodes Stadium, where the Crimson Tide has played since 2000 (499-77). All-time, Alabama is hitting .327 at Rhoads Stadium, out-hitting its opponents 4,679-2,726 and out-scoring teams 3,704-1,149.
- LSU has won 13 of its last 14 games, including six one-run victories. It hasn’t given up more than three runs in any of those games. However, Friday’s game will be the first in a stretch of seven straight games on the road.
- Bailey Landry leads the Tigers in hitting with a .504 average and 62 total hits. Sahvanna Jaquish is second with a .369 average, but she’s swinging a hot bat. Last week she hit .455 and drove in eight runs against Mississippi State.
- LSU has been using a three-person pitching rotation, with Allie Walljasper and Carley Hoover both sporting an 0.97 ERA, and Sydney Smith notching 1-0 shutouts in each of her last two starts.
- Alabama’s 5-0 victory over Lipscomb on Wednesday was it 20th shutout of the season, six shy of the program’s single-season record set in 2009.
- Next up, Alabama will host UAB on Tuesday, before heading to Knoxville for a weekend series at No. 17 Tennessee. All three games will be shown on the SEC Network.