Feb. 10, 2013
ST. GEORGE, Utah - Sunday's softball game between No. 6/5 Tennessee and Oklahoma State in the Red Desert Classic has been canceled due to frigid dropping temperatures in the St. George, Utah, area.
At the 9 a.m. MT warm-up time the field temperature was 37 degrees with a wind chill of 32 degrees. Forecasts showed the temperatures would continue to drop by game time. Both Tennessee co-head coaches Ralph Weekly and Karen Weekly and Oklahoma State head coach Rich Wieligman and the Red Desert Classic tournament director agreed to cancel Sunday's game.
The Lady Vols are 5-0 to start the 2013 season following victories over Southern Utah, Idaho State, Utah State, South Dakota and BYU this week at the Canyons Complex. The team is hitting .424 through the first five games of the season and UT outscored opponents, 53-8. Tennessee pitchers combined for 1.93 ERA and 31 strikeouts over 29 innings. Junior Ellen Renfroe threw her second career no-hitter in a 10-0, five-inning win over Utah State on Friday.
Tennessee and Oklahoma State will look into rescheduling their matchup for a later date.
Tennessee will be back in action next week when the Lady Vols head to Tampa, Fla., to play in the USF 4 Team Tournament from Feb. 15-17. UT will play North Carolina State and Coastal Carolina on Feb. 15. The Lady Vols will face tournament host USF on Feb. 16 followed by a semifinal game and either a finals game or consolation game on Feb. 17.