The Alabama softball team is playing as well as any team in the country. The Crimson Tide meet Mississippi State for a 3-game series Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Starkville, Miss., in both teams’ second SEC series of the season.
No. 11 Alabama (26-2, 3-0 in SEC) is riding a 19-game winning streak into the series. That streak includes 14 shutouts behind the pitching of Alexis Osorio and Sydney Littlejohn. Those two, along with 2 innings from Madi Moore combined for 18 innings pitched in Alabama’s last three wins (all shutouts) while allowing just 5 total hits with 33 strikeouts.
Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s series in Tuscaloosa:
Alabama softball vs. Mississippi State game times, details
Game 1: Friday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET
Game 2: Saturday, March 18, 7 p.m. ET
Game 3: Sunday, March 19, 3 p.m., ET
Location: Nusz Park, Starkville, Miss.
What TV channels are the Alabama softball vs. Mississippi State games on?
SEC Network+ is televising all three games of the 3-game series of SEC play.
How can I watch the Alabama softball vs. Mississippi State games online?
How can I listen to the Alabama softball vs. Mississippi State games?
You can follow the game on the Crimson Tide Sports Network. Here is a list of the CTSN affiliates.
What you should know
It’s starts at No. 1 for Bulldogs
Leadoff hitter and left fielder Bevia Robinson is the kick starter for the Mississippi State offense. If Osorio and Littlejohn can keep her off the bases, their jobs will be much easier. Robinson is batting .417 and she’s third in the conference with 16 stolen bases (in 17 attempts).
Put it in play … or not
The strength of the Alabama softball team is its pitching. Littlejohn and Osorio both have started 11 games and both have 5 shutouts. Osorio (14-1) has a 0.69 ERA and has struck out 168 batters — tops in the country — in 81.0 innings. Littlejohn has struck out 103 — 19th in the country — in 72.2 innings. On the other side, Mississippi State strikes out less than any team in the SEC (63 times). Can the Bulldogs put the ball in play enough to put pressure on the Alabama defense or will they struggle making contact?