When you think of Tennessee softball you think of longtime co-coaches Karen and Ralph Weekly. The Weeklys have a reputation for getting the most out of young players and winning with them. Last season was the 6th time in the last 7 years that the team has advanced to the Super Regionals round in the playoffs. Tennessee’s season came to an end though when they lost to SEC rival Georgia in the Athens Super Regional 2-1. Ending their season at 48-14 and 14-10 in SEC play.
Once again the Weeklys have managed to recruit one of the top recruiting classes to play under them at Tennessee including Ally Shipman (catcher) who is the sister of Madison who was a star Tennessee player from 2011-14 and later she was an assistant coach for the team. The other top recruit is Ashley Rogers (pitcher).
Matty Moss (18-6 last season) and Caylan Arnold (26-6 last season) are back to anchor the ptching staff. Along with new recruit Ashley Rogers who should be another strong arm for them to use in the rotation.
The Lady Vols will have a very big hole to fill though with the loss to graduation of shortstop Meghan Gregg. Gregg was the team leader last season in home runs and RBIs. Over her career at Tennessee she has been a top offensive powerhouse player including getting the school record for most RBIs.
With Tennessee’s strong pitching and their ability to move runners around the bases via key hits Tennessee should once again be poised to have a good season and not only make it back in to the playoffs but have a deep run in it once there.
The season gets starts for them when they head to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Feb 8-10th, to play in the Kickin’ Chicken Classic against, Coastal Carolina, Boston University and UIC.