Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama Briefs: Tide Falls in Softball Polls; Golfer Stephanie Meadow Shares Medalist Honors

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama Briefs: Tide Falls in Softball Polls; Golfer Stephanie Meadow Shares Medalist Honors

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The University of Alabama softball team suffered its first two losses of the season last weekend but was able to hold on to a top- ten ranking in both the USA Today/NFCA poll and ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, where the Crimson Tide is ranked ninth and seventh, respectively.

Alabama was ranked No. 4 in last week's USA Today/NFCA poll, but a pair of losses to then-No. 24 Arizona over the weekend dropped the Tide down five spots. Arizona made the largest jump in the rankings of any team, moving all the way to No. 14. In the SEC, Florida jumped ahead of Tennessee as the new No. 1 with the Lady Vols trailing close behind at the No. 2 spot. Undefeated Kentucky moved up two spots to a No. 5 ranking.

The Tide only fell one spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, moving from sixth to seventh. Florida holds the top spot for the second-straight week while Tennessee fell to No. 3 in favor of undefeated Washington at the No. 2 spot.

This weekend, Alabama plays at Rhoads Stadium for the first time this season as the Tide hosts the Easton Bama Bash, presented by Drash. Alabama will play five games over three days against Virginia Tech, UCF and McNeese. The Tide's first game is Friday, Feb. 21 against Virginia Tech at 4 p.m.

Meadow shares medalist honors

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico | Alabama senior golfer Stephanie Meadow fired her second straight 4-under-par 68 on Tuesday to earn co- medalist honors at the 2014 Lady Puerto Rico Classic on the par-72, 6,191-yard River Course at the Wyndham Rio Resort and Mar Country Club.

It was the ninth career medalist honor for the senior who played the final two rounds in 8-under par and the final 51 holes of the 54- hole event in 9-under.

Alabama finished tied for sixth as a team at 29-over-par 893 after a 7-over 295 in the final round, which matched the lowest round of the day. Arkansas earned the team title at 3-over 867 with Georgia Regents University Augusta (+17, 881) in second, followed by Northwestern (+22, 886), Auburn (+27, 891) and Georgia (+28, 892).

Cammie Gray, a redshirt freshman from Northport, finished as the Tide's No. 2 scorer, tying for 30th at 10-over 226. …

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