SEC Softball Power Rankings
#1 Florida (5-0) Crushed the ball with the bat opening weekend.
#2 Alabama (5-0) Best pitching staff. Only one run against in five games.
#3 Georgia (5-0) Great opening weekend. Solid hitting and pitching.
#4 Tennessee (5-0) All five inning games so far. Only 2 runs allowed.
#6 Kentucky (4-1) Toppled #24 Ohio State among 4 opening wins.
#7 Auburn (4-0) Good start only allowing 4 runs during 4 games.
#8 Arkansas (3-2) Three wins in Louisiana in opening weekend tourney.
#9 South Carolina (3-1) Lost home tourney to USC Upstate. Not good.
#10 Ole Miss (1-4) 2 of 4 losses out in Arizona were to top 20 teams.
#11 Miss State (1-4) Struggled in Las Vegas. Three of losses by one run.
Weekly thoughts from left field…
It looks like the SEC can be catergorized as an 4-3-4 situation this season. What I mean by this is there are 4 really strong teams that will compete for the SEC title (Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee). Then there are 3 solid teams that can beat any of the upper 4 on occasion, but are more than likely a step behind and have a smaller chance at the SEC title (LSU, Kentucky, Auburn) and then the bottom 4 teams, who will compromise the lower half of the SEC and have little chance at the title this season (Arkansas, Ole Miss, S. Carolina, Miss State).
Alabama and Tennessee have gotten off to great starts pitching the ball this season. Through 5 games, Alabama has only given up one run, while Tennessee has only given up two runs and the Vols have yet to go past 5 innings either.
Florida is blistering the ball and will be a force with the bat this season. The Gators racked up 53 runs, 14 home runs, a .394 batting clip, .478 on-base percentage and a .803 slugging percentage as a team during their first 5 games.
Georgia and LSU both looked solid in winning home field tournaments to start the season. Both teams showed solid hitting and pitching during the opening weekend. Competition was average.
Kentucky was the only SEC team to beat a ranked opponent when they took down #24 Ohio State in Miami. They also beat Sun Belt favorite Florida International and Big East favorite DePaul during the weekend.
Ole Miss played the hardest opening week schedule when they went out west to Arizona and faced #14 Oregon and #20 BYU. Although they lost both games, they played very hard and took both teams the entire 7 innings.
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