Alabama softball fans received some good news on Wednesday.
The NCAA announced that its baseball and softball championships could be at 100 percent capacity if local and state guidelines allow for that.
The Crimson Tide hosted the 2021 SEC softball tournament last week and capacity was limited to only 50 percent.
“The effectiveness and prevalence of vaccinations in our country have allowed the Medical Advisory Group to provide this guidance that has tremendous impact on student-athletes, coaches and fans attending NCAA championships,” NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline said. “It’s still important for anyone attending championships to remember common sense measures like hand washing, hand sanitization and proper etiquette when coughing or sneezing.”
Alabama is set to host the Tuscaloosa Regional this weekend that includes Clemson, who won the ACC regular season title, Troy and Alabama State at Rhoads Stadium.
Masks and social distancing will only be required if local public health authorities deem so.
If the Crimson Tide advances, it will face the winner of the Lexington Regional back in Tuscaloosa for a Super Regional and a chance to earn a spot into the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Lexington Regional includes Kentucky, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Miami (OH). Alabama has won 40 consecutive regional games and appeared in 15 straight Super Regionals.
Meanwhile, Alabama baseball is currently projected to be on the cut line for the NCAA baseball championships. The Crimson Tide will conclude its regular season with a three-game series against Mississippi State starting on Thursday.
Its postseason fate will be determined by what happens versus the Bulldogs and in the 2021 SEC baseball tournament, which is set to take place at the Hoover Met on May 25-30. Capacity for that event is set at 50 percent.