The Alabama Crimson Tide (40-7, 12-6 SEC) softball team will hit the road for what could be the most important series in conference play thus far. The Tide will head to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers (37-11, 12-6 SEC) looking to clinch the SEC West Title.
Alabama was able to win their last weekend series against Mississippi State after dropping the series opener 3-2. In the series against the Bulldogs, with their backs against the wall at times, the Tide turned to proven leader Jackie Traina both in the circle and at the plate. Traina was an 3-for-6 with 4 RBI and three walks on the series.
Traina’s leadership will once again be important for Alabama in their second big conference series in a row. Freshman Haylie McCleney will look to continue contributing from the plate as well. McCleney leads the team in their last five games with a .538 average and has scored five runs, walked three times and has stolen two bases.
In 16 years of competition, the Tide and the Tigers are the only two teams to capture the SEC Western Division Title. This year looks to be no different. Alabama looks to make this their sixth straight title in a row, dating back to 2008.
With all that sad, LSU still holds a 35-29 advantage in the overall series. The Tigers will certainly give it their all with the title on the line, especially on their home field.
Thursday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 7pm CT from Tiger Park. Game two will start at 6pm on Friday night, and game three at 1pm on Saturday. After the weekend series with LSU, Alabama will return home for the final regular season series of the year against Kentucky on May 3.
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