Softball Preview: #14 Lady Vols vs. Texas A&M – 71Bait

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The 14th-ranked Tennessee softball team continues conference play this weekend with a three-game home series against the Texas A&M Aggies. The SEC set will be held Saturday-Monday, April 16-18 at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium and will begin with seven games for the Lady Volunteers.

The series opener on Saturday is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET, while the first pitch of game two will be fired at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. UT will round out the series with the Aggies under the SPL lights Monday night at 7pm

Tickets for single games are available at AllVols.com and can also be purchased from Sherri Parker Lee’s ticket office when the gates open to the public an hour before the first pitch. Parking is free for all Tennessee home softball games on lots S14 and C25 adjacent to Sherri Parker Lee Stadium and Regal Soccer Stadium, and fans should note that Tennessee Athletics’ clear bag policy applies.

Fans are encouraged to visit the Tennessee Softball Gameday Information page prior to making their way to Sherri Parker Lee to familiarize themselves with the Tennessee Softball Gameday Policies and Procedures.

HONORING A LEGEND: Before Saturday’s opener, Tennessee Softball will honor two-time LVFL All-American Sarah Fekete Bailey (2003-06) by retiring her jersey at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. The Maryville native was a four-year starter with Rocky Top from 2003-2006 and helped lead the Lady Vols to their first two appearances at the Women’s College World Series in 2005 and 2006.

Bailey had a historic senior campaign for the Lady Vols in 2006, batting .500 a year to capture the NCAA batting title. She set a new single-season SEC record with 110 hits and also led the league in on-base percentage (.553) while ranking third in runs scored (61). Her 110 hits and .500 batting average still stand as the Tennessee program’s single-season records.

EASTER FUNDAY: Promotions for Sunday’s game against the Aggies will include a post-game Easter egg hunt for children of all ages. The Tennessee Fan Experience staff also hosts a children’s carnival with face painting, drawings, bouncy castles, games and more.

LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA AWARENESS GAME: Tennessee softball will help raise awareness about leukemia and lymphoma in Monday’s matchup with Texas A&M. Head Coach Lady Vol Karen weekly is a 2022 Woman of the Year nominee for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and has been instrumental in helping the organization raise funds to fight blood cancer.

TRANSMISSION INFO: All three of Tennessee’s games against the Aggies will be televised, beginning on Saturday with a broadcast on ESPNU before the game will both air live on SEC Network on Sunday and Monday. Pam Ward (play-by-play) and Jenny Dalton-Hill (analyst) will be present at all three competitions in Knoxville.

Additionally, an audio broadcast for all three games featuring the voice of Lady Vols softball team Brian Rice can be heard on UTSports.com and locally on FM 99.1/AM 990.

LAST TIME-OUT: The Lady Vols broke a season-high five home runs in their 9-1 under-rule win in Western Carolina on Wednesday. Ivy Davis and McKenna Gibson each marked a pair of home runs while Kiki Milloy also took to the courtyard in front of a sold-out crowd.

Lady Vol left Erin Edmoundson earned her 15th win of the season with a full game outing that included five innings on a earned run. She notched nine strikeouts, her most since her season-high 11 Ks against No. 12 Clemson on February 18.

Prime Attack: Tennessee boasts the SEC’s highest-scoring offensive line with 87 runs scored in conference games. The Lady Vols lead the league with 26 doubles and rank second in the league in slugging (.539), on-base percentage (.391), and home runs (23).

ON-BASE MACHINE: outfielder Kiki Milloy Sport the second longest active base streak in the country with 32 consecutive games. It’s the longest streak of games achieved by a Tennessee player since 2018 (Meghan Gregg, 35).

HEIGHTS ON A TEAR: Lady Vol Rookie Lair Beautae was phenomenal in conference play, leading the Lady Vols with a .370 batting clip against SEC opponents. She also leads UT in hits (17), runs (13), and doubles (5) in league action and ranks in the top five in the conference in each of those statistical categories.

DIG THE LONG BALL: The Lady Vols have completed 65 home races this season, surpassing the total of 64 at the end of last year’s season.

UT has multiple homers in 18 games this season, and Tennessee is 16-2 on the year if he hits two or more HRs.

NOTE ON THE CONTRAST: Under 26th-year head coach Jo Evans, A&M goes into the season with a 24-14 record and a 3-9 mark in conference play going into the weekend. The Aggies salvaged a three-game streak against No. 21 LSU last weekend and won Sunday’s Finals 5-4 after losing the first two matchups.

  • Series record: Tennessee leads 17-5
  • Last meeting: The Lady Vols defeated A&M 3-2 in the first round of the 2021 SEC tournament Ivy Davis laced a two-barrel walkoff double in the bottom of the ninth. Ashley Rogers served her 22nd full game of the season, beating 13 aggies.
  • Key Players/Statistics: Since putting All-American Haley Lee at the top of the batting order, the Aggies have hit 79 runs, which is 33 percent of their runs scored all season. The Maroon & White averaged 8.7 runs per game in their last nine games, with Lee leading, which is 3.2 runs more per contest than when the senior batted second or third in the order.

NEXT: The Lady Vols will welcome the No. 3 Virginia Tech Hokies to Rocky Top on Wednesday, April 20th for another nationally televised game.

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