The Missouri softball team wrapped up its second-straight 4-2 invitational last weekend and now gets to enjoy some home cooking.
The Tigers (10-7) will begin play in the Mizzou Tournament, their final nonconference invitational of the season, looking to narrow the gap between themselves and the teams atop the Southeastern Conference standings.
This past week in the SEC, No. 2 Florida (17-1) won all six of its games while hosting the Aquafina Invitational. The Gators then blanked Loyola Marymount 13-0 on Thursday to kick off the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, California.
Florida has reeled off nine straight wins, including six via shutout, since its lone loss to No. 18 Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 18.
No. 5 Tennessee (16-1), meanwhile, has won eight in a row since its only loss of the year to Florida Atlantic on Feb. 17. The Volunteers went 6-0 at the Mary Nutter Classic and knocked off No. 6 Oregon, their third win against the top 25.
Arkansas (10-1) enjoyed a fruitful trip to the Madeira Beach Classic, where the team won five games but also suffered its first defeat to a talented and underrated McNeese State squad.
No. 11 Alabama (10-2) won five of six games on the week, all at home, but split a pair of contests against No. 13 Florida State, to drop to 2-2 versus the top 25. The Crimson Tide will have another chance to prove themselves against ranked opposition with two games against No. 1 Washington this weekend.
After a rigorous start to the season, No. 17 Mississippi (10-2) cruised to a 4-0 weekend which included a pair of wins over SIU-Edwardsville. Mississippi State (12-3) topped Nebraska and Oklahoma State, but fell to No. 16 Arizona State and Cal State Fullerton during a mixed weekend at the Mary Nutter Classic.
No. 24 Kentucky (10-3) dropped its first game against a ranked opponent when it fell to No. 21 Minnesota 2-1 on Friday. The Wildcats, however, won five games in a row to close out their weekend in Orlando, Florida.
Stock rising: Georgia, South Carolina
The Bulldogs (13-1) and Gamecocks (15-1) have each won 12 consecutive games, which is tied for the longest active winning streak in the SEC.
Georgia outscored its opponents 34-0 in 25 innings in Athens over the weekend. South Carolina, meanwhile, went 5-0 at the D9 Citrus Classic in Orlando, Florida, with three of those wins coming via run-rule over Bradley, Lehigh and Miami (Ohio).
Stock falling: Auburn
Auburn (17-2) entered the Mary Nutter Classic this past weekend as the conference’s final remaining unbeaten team. The Tigers couldn’t keep that going in California, however, as the team dropped two of five contests to Wisconsin and Long Beach State.
Stock rising: No. 7 Texas A&M
The Aggies (12-2) were the big winners at the Mary Nutter Classic. Texas A&M’s lone setback came in the form of a 6-3 loss to Nebraska.
The team firmly established themselves as one of the league’s elites after earning wins over No. 6 Oregon and No. 15 California and barely falling to No. 1 Washington 4-3 in extra innings.
Stock falling: LSU
LSU (14-2) won all three games against mid-major competition at the Libby Matson Tournament in Stockton, California, before stumbling in the Nutter Classic.
The Tigers topped Fresno State via run rule in five innings, but found themselves on the receiving end of a 9-1 run-rule defeat at the hands of No. 3 UCLA on Saturday. They followed that up with a 4-0 shutout loss to No. 6 Oregon the next day, dropping their record against the top 25 to 0-2.
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