The Alabama Crimson Tide will come back home to Rhoads Stadium to take on Kentucky in the season finale this weekend on May 3rd-5th. The Tide are coming off a trip to Baton Rouge where Alabama was swept for the first time since 2011 against Western Division leader LSU. Alabama hopes to get back on track against the Wildcats and prepare for the upcoming SEC Tournament, being held in Lexington, KY at John Cropp Stadium.
Kentucky is coming off a 1-2 home series loss against Missouri, in which one game went into extra innings that ended in a Wildcats loss 2-1. Kentucky has had a season plagued with inconsistency, especially in SEC play, where they are hovering just above a .500 conference winning percentage.
That record doesn’t mean they have stars on their team, however. Their ace pitcher in Kelsey Nunley has a solid 22-7 record and is holding a 2.07 ERA. Kara Dill and Lauren Cumbess both lead the Wildcats in batting average, with each batting .354 and .353 respectively.
The SEC Tournament is next week, so it’s worth a look at what this weekend means to Alabama’s seeding in the tournament. Because of the expansion, only the top 10 teams in conference winning percentage will make the tournament. Based on current conference winning percentage, Alabama would be seeded fifth, despite having a similar percentage to Georgia. Because they did not play each other this season, the tie breaker would come down to the win-loss record to the highest-seeded common opponent. That would be Tennessee, where Alabama took one of three, where Georgia got swept. Georgia gets LSU this weekend.
The race is still very wide open for those top 10 spots. Alabama could be seeded as high at fourth to as low as eighth, depending on results this weekend. If Alabama does get a seventh seed or lower, it would mean they would play on Wednesday instead of Thursday, meaning a longer road to the SEC championship.
The games will be played on Friday, May 3rd (Pitch at 6:30 CT), Saturday (2:00 CT) and Sunday (1:30 CT). All games are being broadcast on Tuscaloosa radio station 99.1 WDGM and online on their website. If you live in the Birmingham/Tuscaloosa markets, you can watch all the games this weekend live on WVUA-TV/WUOA.
Tickets for this weekend’s series are available at RollTide.com.
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