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The No. 9 Tennessee softball team (36-10) had a slow start to the day, not scoring in either of the first two innings. It wasn’t until Cailin Hannon hit triple in the third inning to open the scoring up.

The No. 8 Tennessee softball team (34-10, 11-7 SEC) has a doubleheader matchup with the Tennessee State University softball team (10-24, 3-13 OVC) on Wednesday inside of Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

The No. 8 Tennessee softball team (34-10, 11-7 SEC) found itself in a similar situation that ended its season last year in the NCAA Super Regional. Like last year, the Lady Vols and No. 22 Georgia (33-15), 7-11 SEC) had the third game decide the series in Athens, Ga.

After a successful weekend sweeping Mississippi State and a record-breaking midweek game against in-state opponent ETSU, the No. 8 Tennessee softball team is heading into the series against the Georgia Bulldogs with momentum on their side.

It has been noted that the Tennessee softball team likes to put up runs, as the Lady Vols have outscored their opponents 258-82 so far this season. That continued to be the case this past weekend.

In their last game of an SEC series against Mississippi State, the Lady Vols swept the Bulldogs with a final score of 9-2 on Sunday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

The Tennessee softball team broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning after Mississippi State recorded two outs. Kaitlin Parsons had an RBI single to score Jenna Holcomb before the team left three runners stranded to end the inning.

The No. 5 Lady Vols’ (29-8, 7-5 SEC) offense was silent most of Sunday against No. 13 Auburn (32-8, 8-4 SEC). The bats came alive in the fifth and sixth inning of the second game for a combined six runs to push the Tennessee softball team to their first win of the weekend.

The No. 5/7 Tennessee softball team wrapped up its series against No. 13/14 Auburn with an 8-1 win Sunday night after two consecutive losses against the Tigers.

The Tennessee softball team (28-7, 6-4 SEC) lost, 10-5, against Auburn (31-7,7-3 SEC) on Saturday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. It was the first of three games this weekend.

Tennessee capped off its last game against Missouri in a weekend series with a 9-3 win, leaving them with two victories and one loss, taking the series. It’s the third straight SEC series win for the Lady Vols, improving their conference record to 6-3.

Coming off a successful weekend against Arkansas, the Lady Vols (26-5, 4-2 SEC) are ready to continue SEC play as they head to Missouri to face off the Tigers (16-12, 5-4 SEC) this upcoming weekend.

After getting shut out on Saturday night, the Lady Vols came back to Sherri Parker Lee stadium for an early pitch time on Sunday to face the Arkansas Razorbacks in the series rubber match. They looked to get the series win and a 2-1 record against Arkansas in 2019.

Tennessee’s softball team (25-5, 3-2 SEC) recorded six hits in a losing effort against Arkansas (22-8, 4-4 SEC) on Saturday. The Lady Vols had only one of their first nine batters reach base before recording their first hit.

Matty Moss stepped into the pitcher’s circle in the top of the seventh inning with two Lady Razorbacks runners on base and one out recorded. With the score 6-4, she would walk the first batter she faced to load the bases.

The Lady Vols got on the scoreboard first Friday night. After leadoff hitter Aubrey Leach hit for a single and made her way to third base, Haley Bearden came up to bat. Facing two outs and two strikes, she hit the ball all the way to the actual scoreboard for her sixth homerun of the season.

The Tennessee softball team had four runs on the scoreboard before BYU recorded its first out of the game on Thursday. The Lady Vols scored two runs before they got their first hit.

The No. 5/6 Tennessee softball team improved to 6-0 at home this season with a convincing 14-2 win over BYU at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Aubrey Leach was the first hitter up in the Lady Vols’ lineup. She would knock a single to reach base in her first at-bat. Haley Bearden drove in Leach with a single before the first inning was over and it was the first of Leach’s three runs scored on Tuesday.

The No. 7 Tennessee Lady Vols (18-3, 2-1 SEC) and the No. 4 Florida Lady Gators (22-4, 1-2 SEC) were tied heading into the bottom of the third inning in Gainesville, Florida on Sunday. Caylan Arnold was in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Vols.

The No. 7 Tennessee softball team (16-2) was tied 1-1 against New Mexico University (5-12) heading into the top of the third inning. Haley Bearden and Kaili Phillips hit back-to-back home runs, and the Lady Vols would score six runs in the inning to earn a 7-1 lead.

Ashley Rogers and the Lady Vols (9-2) shutout the Kansas Lady Jayhawks (2-9) by a score of 9-0 in the first game of the Tennessee Classic Friday. The Lady Vols opened up a 6-0 lead before a weather delay in the top of the fourth inning. The Lady Vols would win 9-0 after five innings.

The No. 7 Lady Vols (9-2) kicked off this weekend’s Tennessee Classic with a win against Kansas (2-9) with a final score of 9-0. Kansas is one of four teams Tennessee will take on this weekend, others including Virginia, Bradley, and Louisville.

The No. 6 Tennessee softball team rides into the 2019 season on the heels of a Super Regional finish in last year’s NCAA Tournament. With its season ending in the Round of 16 in back-to-back years, the Lady Vols will try to get back to the Women’s College World Series for the first time since 2015.