Softball Preview: #11/12 UT Closes Regular Season vs. Texas A&M

Credit: UT Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The No. 11/12 Lady Vols close out the regular season at home against Texas A&M on May 3-5.

Tennessee is coming off its final road SEC series of the season that saw it take the series finale from Ole Miss in extra innings. Cailin Hannon was tabbed SEC Player of the Week for her performance as the Franklin, Tenn., native paced UT with an .800 average in the series. Last week, she hit an astounding .786 (11-for-14) through five games.

On Saturday, the Big Orange will recognize both their and Texas A&M’s seniors prior to the game. Senior Day recognition will begin promptly after the plate meeting at approximately 1:42 p.m. ET.

Broadcast Info

Friday, May 3

Saturday, May 4

  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Watch: SEC Network+/WatchESPN App
  • Listen: UTSports.com | Tennessee Gameday App | AM 990
  • Live Stats: UTSports.com

Sunday, May 5

  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • Watch: SEC Network+/WatchESPN App
  • Listen: UTSports.com | Tennessee Gameday App | AM 990
  • Live Stats: UTSports.com

Need to Know

  • Tennessee’s .316 batting average ranks second in the SEC and 19th in the nation while the squad’s .978 fielding percentage is second and seventh, respectively.
  • The Lady Vols have 17 wins over opponents who were ranked or received votes in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll and //ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll entering the game.
  • UT is outscoring opponents 307-114 through 49 games. The Lady Vols have thrown 12 shutouts total and have run-ruled opponents 17 times.
  • Sunday’s game marked the first extra-inning contest of the season for Tennessee and the first since the Athens Super Regional in 2018. The Orange and White’s last nine-inning game came against Auburn on May 9, 2015, during the SEC Tournament that year. UT is now 10-6 in nine-inning contests and 44-44-1 all-time in extra-inning games.
  • Freshman Kaitlin Parsons became the first Lady Vol since Lindsay Schutzler in 2007 to hit an inside-the-park home run on Wednesday, April 24, vs. TSU. Schutzler knocked an inside-the-park, two-run homer in the sixth inning vs. Arkansas on March 24th that season.
  • Bearden became the first Lady Vol in history to hit two grand slams in a game and the first player since Lauren Gibson in 2013 to record eight RBI in a single outing on April 16 at ETSU. UT has had two grand slams hit in the same game on three other occasions, but all were by different players.
  • During the ETSU game on April 16, senior Aubrey Leach walked four times to tie and then break the program record for career walks. She has 158 free passes for her career with six games left to play in the regular season. On Wednesday, April 24th, Leach tied and then broke Tennessee’s career runs record, scoring the 245th run of her career on Parsons’ inside-the-park home run. Entering the midweek contests, The Woodlands, Texas, native needed just two runs to tie the record of 244 set by Raven Chavanne (2010-13).
  • Ashley Rogers and Matty Moss delivered the fifth combined no-hitter in UT history on Tuesday, April 16 at ETSU. It’s just the second combined no-hitter that LVFL Monica Abbott did not throw an inning in and the 49th overall no-no in the record book. Rogers tossed 3.0 shutout innings, allowing just one batter to reach base via a walk. She struck out eight of her 10 batters faced and 30 of her 43 pitches were strikes. To start the fourth inning, Moss entered in relief and threw 19 pitches to close out the final two frames.
  • Rogers was named to the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Top 25 List by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association last Thursday. The right-hander is having a stellar freshman season for the Lady Vols with a 17-3 record, 1.87 ERA, two saves and 154 strikeouts. Her 17 victories are fourth in the SEC while her eight wins in conference play lead the league. Rogers’ 154 punchouts are the most by a UT freshman since Ellen Renfroe had 259 in 2011.

Scouting Report

Texas A&M

  • 2019 Overall Record: 27-22
  • 2019 SEC Record: 5-16
  • Now in her 23rd season, Jo Evans led the Aggies to the 2018 NCAA Super Regionals and a 44-18 record including a 13-11 ledger in conference play.
  • The Aggies took the series from Arkansas last weekend, winning Games 1 and 2 to claim their first SEC series of the season.
  • Peyton McBride leads the team with a .355 average, 28 RBI, a .500 slugging percentage and .427 on-base percentage. She is one of three Aggies batting over .300.
  • In the circle, Kendall Potts owns a team-best 12 wins. She’s thrown 10 complete games and picked up a save through 127.2 innings of work. Her 73 strikeouts and 2.23 ERA are tops on the staff.

All-Time Record vs. TAMU: 13-4

  • In Knoxville: UT leads, 7-2
  • In College Station: UT leads, 4-2
  • At Neutral Sites:  UT leads, 2-0
  • Last Meeting: Texas A&M won, 5-3 (5/28/17)

Last 5 Meetings (UT Leads, 3-2)

  • 5/28/18    #9 TAMU 5, #8 UT 3    Knoxville
  • 5/27/18    #9 TAMU 6, #8 UT 5    Knoxville
  • 5/26/18    #8 UT 8, #9 TAMU 1    Knoxville
  • 5/7/17      #11 UT 8, #8 TAMU 6    College Station
  • 5/6/17      #11 UT 8, #8 TAMU 4    College Station

Game Promotions

Upcoming promotions for all Tennessee athletics home events can be found on the UT Fan Experience page by clicking HERE.

FRIDAY

  • Matty Moss Day: First 200 fans receive a Matty Moss commemorative poster
  • Fan Giveaway: First 200 fans receive FREE Lady Vol glasses
  • Fiesta Friday: First 100 fans receive a voucher for FREE queso at Moe’s stand at SPL

SATURDAY

  • Senior Day: Photo station with cutout big heads of the seniors, small senior heads on sticks (while supplies last) and a thank you letter station for the seniors
  • May the 4th Be With You (Star Wars Day): First 200 fans will receive a FREE Star Wars themed Lady Vol cup, photo station with Star Wars props, first 100 kids receive a FREE popsicle

SUNDAY

  • Gameshow Day: First 200 fans will receive a FREE Lady Vol Price is Right themed shirt
  • Sundae Bunday: Hamburgers will be $4 with a voucher (while supplies last), first 100 kids will receive a voucher for FREE ice cream

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