Tennessee is without a doubt a powerhouse in college softball with their 15 (1999, 2004-17) NCAA Tournament Appearances, 9 (2005-07, ‘10, 2012-15, ‘17) NCAA Super Regional and 7 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015) in the WCWS.
Under the co-head coaching of Ralph and Karen Weekly the team always finds a way to keep the schools winning tradition alive and going strong.
This year the team will have a strong pitching staff to help produce those wins made up of returners, Matty Moss (26-3 1.76 ERA) who is overflowing with team spirit and energy when she’s on the mound. Also back this year is Caylan Arnold (20-9 2.01 ERA) along with freshmen Gabby Sprang and Ashley Morgan.
Tennessee also has offensive power with hitters like senior infielder Meghan Gregg (.437 BA, 15 HR, 79 RBIs) and Brooke Vines (.385 BA, 4 HR, 59 RBIs) but will depend more on stringing hits together along with smart base running to get offensive run production for the team.
The team has a long season ahead filled with several early season tournaments and tough play in the SEC to get battle hardened before a potential long NCAA tourney run.
Last year the team made it to the Super Regional round before being eliminated in the best of three by fellow SEC team Texas A&M (W 8-1, L 5-6, L 3-5).
With Tennessee’s young lineup that has another year of experience under their softball belts they should be ready to make a serious run in this year’s NCAA Championship Tournament. Look for them to make it to the WCWS and once there anything can happen.