Softball Central: Lady Vols at the SEC Tournament

Credit: UT Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee begins its quest for a third SEC Championship in program history this week as the No. 7/8 Lady Vols travel to Columbia, Mo. for the SEC Tournament.

The Lady Vols (44-11, 14-10) will enjoy a first-round bye after earning the tournament’s No. 4 seed. UT will play its first game on Thursday, May 10, when it takes on the winner of No. 5-seeded LSU and No. 12-seeded Ole Miss at Mizzou Softball Stadium.

For more information on the tournament bracket, schedule, and broadcast links, please click HERE.

GAME TIMES AND BROADCAST INFO

  • Opponent: LSU Tigers or Ole Miss Rebels
  • Venue: Mizzou Softball Stadium
  • Gametime: Thursday, May 10 – 4:00 p.m. ET
  • TV/Stream: SEC Network
  • Radio: WMNL AM 990/UTSports.com
  • Live Stats: UTSports.com

Broadcast Info
All matchups on Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10 will be broadcasted live on SEC Network. The two semifinal games on Friday, May 11 will be aired on ESPNU, and the SEC Championship game will be viewed on ESPN2 on Saturday, May 12. Wednesday’s game will be called by Beth Mowins (PxP), Michele Smith (Color) and Holly Rowe (Sidelines).

Brian Rice will be calling the game on the airways on Sports Radio WMNL (AM 990) and UTSports.com.

SEC Tournament History  

  • Overall: Tennessee is 26-21 (Third Best Among All Schools)
  • Two-Time SEC Tournament Champion (2006 & 2011)
  • Three-Time SEC Tournament Finalist (2006, 2011 & 2015)
  • Top-Four See for the Third Straight Season

Series History vs. LSU 
Overall: Tennessee leads 33-27-1
In Knoxville: Tennessee leads 18-9
In Baton Rouge: Series tied 14-14-1
Neutral Site: LSU leads 3-1
Last Meeting: April 14, 2018 (W, 6-4 in eight innings)

The Lady Vols swept the Tigers in a three-game series at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on April 13-14. The two teams met at last year’s SEC Tournament in Knoxville, with LSU coming away with a 6-2 victory in the quarterfinal.

Series History vs. Ole Miss
Overall: Tennessee leads 47-8
In Knoxville: Tennessee leads 24-1
In Oxford: Tennessee leads 20-7
Neutral Site: Tennessee leads 3-0
Last Meeting: March 26, 2017 (W, 4-1)

NEED TO KNOW

  • Senior Meghan Gregg is tied for the NCAA active career lead in RBIs with 256. She is also tied for fourth in doubles (60) and fourth in total bases (501).
  • Gregg and Chelsea Seggern rank third and fourth in the NCAA in RBIs this season with 66 and 62, respectively.
  • Gregg and Aubrey Leach were named to the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalist list.
  • Leach led the SEC during the regular season in runs scored (72) while ranking second in batting average (.439), hits (72) and on base percentage (.568)
  • Tennessee went 15-10 in the regular season against teams that have were in the top 25 in either the USA Today/NFCA and/or the ESPN/USA Softball poll.
  • Tennessee as a team was second in the SEC in hits (463), runs scored (327) and batting average (.311).
  • Tennessee’s pitching staff led SEC in saves (8) and was third in batters strike out looking with 92.
  • Sophomore pitcher Caylan Arnold is currently ranked third in the SEC with 203 strikeouts and 29th in the nation.
  • Freshmen Amanda Ayala and Ashley Morgan were selected to the All-SEC Freshman team following their debut regular seasons.

OPPONENT SCOUT
LSU Tigers

  • Record: 40-13 (13-10 SEC)
  • Finished fifth in the conference standings
  • Led by seventh year head coach Beth Torina.
  • Aliyah Andrews and Amanda Doyle lead the Tigers offensively. Andres is hitting .339 in the leadoff spot, while Doyle is hitting .335 in the cleanup spot.
  • Allie Walljasper leads the team with a 1.00 ERA, which is also good for 10th in the country.
  • Carley Hoover has recorded a team-leading 174 strikeouts in 144.1 innings pitched.
  • Finished off the regular season with a series sweep over Arkansas.

Ole Miss Rebels

  • Record: 30-22 (7-17 SEC)
  • Finished 12th in the conference standings
  • Led by fourth year head coach Mike Smith.
  • Elantra Cox leads the team with a .343 batting average. She also has a team-leading 57 hits on the year and has stolen 27 out of 31 bases.
  • Kaitlin Lee has a 2.28 earned run average on the season and carries a 16-11 record into the tournament. Lee was the MVP of the 2017 SEC Tournament after leading the Rebels to a conference championship.
  • Ole Miss took two of three games from Georgia in a series last week to clinch a berth in the SEC Tournament.

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