Softball Clinches its Fifth SEC Championship

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*Courtesy Alabama Media Relations*

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – With a win over Georgia Saturday and losses by Tennessee and Missouri, Alabama has guaranteed at least a share of the 2014 SEC Championship.

Alabama came into the weekend with a three-game lead over Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri. Kentucky lost to Tennessee on Friday and the Wildcats repaid the favor on Saturday, defeating the Lady Vols. Missouri defeated the Florida Gators on Friday but fell on Saturday, meaning that Alabama will have a three-game lead over the field heading into the final weekend of the regular season. The three-game lead means Alabama will at least share the conference title this season, as the SEC only uses tie-breaking procedures to seed the SEC Tournament, recognizing co-champions if two or more teams are tied in the standings at the end of the regular season.

The SEC Championship is Alabama’s fifth overall and the fourth in the last five years. Alabama’s first SEC Championship came in the 2006 season and the Crimson Tide won three-consecutive titles from 2010-2012. Alabama made the Women’s College World Series in three of those four seasons, including a national championship in 2012.

Next up, Alabama concludes the regular season with a trip to Columbia, Mo., to face the No. 15 Missouri Tigers (37-13, 13-7 SEC). The three-game series begins on Thursday, May 1 with a 7 p.m. CT game that will be aired live on ESPN.

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