The Tennessee softball team’s College World Series bid came up short on Saturday as the Lady Vols fell to Georgia by a score of 2-1 in eight innings during the Super Regionals in Athens.
In the week heading up to No. 10 Tennessee’s Knoxville Regional clash with Monmouth, Ohio and James Madison, there was one thing the Lady Vols’ coaches and players made clear: there are no easy opponents in the postseason.
If an offensive showcase is what you like in a college softball game, then 10-seeded Tennessee’s NCAA Regional game against James Madison at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Saturday was a treat.
As the rain descended upon Knoxville and the thunder rolled outside, all the 10-seeded Lady Vols could do was sit and wait through a weather delay that totaled over three hours.
Tennessee softball players and coaches were all seated in center field at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Sunday night, their eyes glued to the scoreboard showing the NCAA Selection Show.
Entering Saturday’s semifinal contest with top-seeded Florida at the SEC Tournament in Columbia, MO., the Tennessee softball team had hopes of clinching a birth in its first SEC Tournament final since 2015.
It was almost a year to the day that an LSU team playing the role of spoiler came into Knoxville and bumped hosting-Tennessee from the SEC Tournament in a 6-2 upset victory.
With SEC Tournament play starting this week, for many teams it brings new challenges, new opportunities and, most importantly, a new season.
The Tennessee softball team traveled to Starkville, Miss., this weekend for a three-game slate, its final of the regular season, against No. 24 Mississippi State, coming away with its fourth consecutive SEC series win.
Ahead of Saturday’s game two versus No. 18 Kentucky, co-head coach Ralph Weekly had a message for his team following a game one loss on Friday in which No. 7 Tennessee saw an 8-2 lead turn into an 8-9 loss in extra innings.
Opening series games don’t often come easy in the SEC, and the Tennessee softball team’s contest with No. 18 Kentucky on Friday night was no exception.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, facing two outs with the bases loaded in a 0-0 game, senior shortstop Meghan Gregg walked up to the plate with a chance to drive in the winning run for No. 7 Tennessee and clinch a series-opening victory over No. 6 Georgia.
The seventh-ranked Tennessee softball team traveled to Tuscaloosa this past weekend for another important conference showdown, and in the process, pulled off an impressive feat no other Tennessee team has done before.
To put it bluntly, Tennessee has been dominant versus in-state opponents during the Ralph and Karen Weekly era. That dominance has led to an 89-game win streak over in-state foes since 2002.
An impromptu doubleheader, the threat of an impending downpour and a comeback attempt in the seventh inning by the Tigers weren’t enough to deter No. 10 Tennessee (34-8, 8-7) from sweeping the series versus No. 14 LSU (32-10, 7-7) on Saturday.
With reporters huddled around him in the lobby of the stadium clubhouse on Thursday, Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly said that in order to be successful versus LSU’s pitchers, the Lady Vols may have to win a low-scoring type of game.
The Tennessee softball team entered Tuesday night’s Mid-State Classic matchup with Memphis 88-0 against in-state opponents in the Ralph and Karen Weekly era.
The No. 8 Tennessee softball team traveled to Alabama this past weekend for a three-game conference series against the No. 11 Auburn Tigers, in need of a series win after losing its last two to South Carolina and Georgia.
After sweeping Missouri to begin SEC play 3-0, the Lady Vols were climbing into the top five of both major polls and were looking to make a dominating run in conference play.
Just over a week ago, Tennessee was riding a 22-game winning streak and was off to a 3-0 start in SEC play with a series sweep of Missouri on March 11.
Bulldog hitters struck early and often as No. 6 Georgia (31-4, 8-3) downed No. 7 Tennessee (31-5, 4-4) 9-1 at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Sunday night.
When speaking with the media on Wednesday, Tennessee softball's co-head coach Ralph Weekly said that no team is going to go through SEC play undefeated. It comes with the territory when you play in the premier conference in college softball.
Tennessee’s dominating 22-game win streak came to a screeching halt in Columbia this weekend, as the no. two Lady Vols were swept in a three-game series by no. 16 South Carolina.
The Tennessee softball team got a taste of SEC play when it swept Missouri in three games nearly two weeks ago. Now, with the non-conference regular season slate behind them, the Lady Vols are preparing for the road ahead.
The Tennessee softball team is 30-1 overall, in the midst of an impressive 22-game win streak, ranked No. 2 in the nation and coming off of a six-game sweep of the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Tournament last weekend.
Tennessee continued to dominate their non-conference slate as they took on North Dakota and Hawaii in day two action of the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Tournament on Thursday.
The fourth-ranked Tennessee softball team traded in Knoxville’s chilly weather for Hawaii’s warmth as the Lady Vols are taking part in the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu this week.
Following Friday night’s conference-opening win over Missouri, Tennessee co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly addressed some concerns to their team after the Lady Vols pitching staff struggled to put away the Tigers until late.
One of the primary features of teams coached by Ralph and Karen Weekly since they took over softball at Tennessee in 2002 is that they don't shy away from competition.
The story for the Tennessee softball team in California last weekend was offensive as the No. 5 Lady Vols pummeled opponents from the plate in their six-game sweep at the Mary Nutter Classic.
After struggling early during Tennessee’s 6-3 victory over Charleston Southern on Saturday, Caylan Arnold settled in and came through in a big way behind her productive arm, holding the Buccaneers scoreless after their three-run first inning.
After 17 straight games on the road to open the 2018 season, No. 5 Tennessee returned to Sheri Parker Lee Stadium for doubleheader action in day one of the Tennessee Invitational.
The last memory that the Lady Vols softball team has of playing at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium was last May, when they were eliminated by the Texas A&M Aggies from postseason play.
Since arriving in California on Thursday to compete in the Mary Nutter Classic, the Tennessee softball team had put together a complete performance from the circle and the plate.
The 11th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols took to the diamond in Palm Springs, California, on Thursday for a doubleheader in the Mary Nutter Classic.
There are two words that best describe the 11th-ranked Tennessee softball team following the first few weeks of the 2018 season:
The Tennessee softball team improved to 10-1 on Sunday, using a bottom-of-the-seventh rally to beat Marshall (4-5), 5-4, in the final game of the Michele Smith Tournament in Clearwater.
It was a day of ups and downs for the Tennessee softball team (9-1) as it took on Florida Atlantic and South Florida in day two of the Michele Smith Tournament on Saturday.
The 10th-ranked Tennessee softball team improved to 8-0 on Friday, picking up two wins in a doubleheader at the Michele Smith Tournament in Clearwater, Florida.