SOFTBALL CENTRAL: Tennessee at Arkansas
March 16, 2017



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 15/14 Tennessee continues SEC play against No. 25 Arkansas this weekend at Bogle Park in Fayetteville. The Volunteers are coming off a series win over South Carolina last weekend in Knoxville to open conference play.

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Tennessee vs. Arkansas

15/14 Tennessee (21-3, 2-1 SEC)

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RV/25 Arkansas (19-5, 0-3 SEC)

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Media & Broadcast Info

All three games of the series will be streamed on SEC Network +/WatchESPN. Fans can listen to all three contests as Brian Rice will call the action live on WNML AM 990 (Friday & Sunday only) and UTSports.com HERE. Live stats will be available on the softball schedule page at UTSports.com HERE.

View the full series schedule below:

Friday

Game 1 | 7 p.m. ET | SEC Network +/WatchESPN | WNML (AM 990)/UTSports.com

Saturday

Game 2 | 2 p.m. ET | SEC Network+/WatchESPN | UTSports.com (No WNML due to WBB)

Sunday

Game 3 | 12 p.m. ET | SEC Network+/WatchESPN | WNML (AM 990)/UTSports.com

Need to Know

The Vols will look to keep their momentum going after winning the final two games of their series with South Carolina last week while Arkansas will be looking for its first SEC win after being swept at Alabama to open league play.

Offense Humming Along

The Big Orange continue to put up lots of runs, scoring 28 more over four games last week. The Vols are averaging 7.5 runs per game and rank third in the SEC with 180 total runs scored. Tennessee ranks among the top five in the SEC in seven offensive categories and has eight players batting .298 or better, led by the dynamic duo of Meghan Gregg and Megan Geer, who are batting .486 and .426, respectively.

The Megs

The duo of Meghan Gregg and Megan Geer has been one of the most potent one-two punches in the country this season. Gregg has been one of the best players in the country so far this year. The Preseason All-SEC selection leads the team with a .486 batting average and leads the country in RBIs with 41. She also leads the team and ranks third in the conference with seven home runs. Gregg ranks among the top five in the SEC and top 25 nationally in seven offensive categories. The Georgia native needs just four RBIs to jump into the top 10 in program history.

Geer has been one of the most productive and consistent performers for UT over the past four seasons. She currently ranks second on the team with a .426 batting average and fourth on the team in runs and RBIs despite missing five-plus games due to injury. With 155 career RBIs, Geer needs just two more to crack UT's top 10-list. The California native came up with her biggest hit of the season in last Sunday's series-clinching win over South Carolina. Geer broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a monster three-run homer off the scoreboard to lead the Vols to a 7-4 victory.

Scouting Report

Arkansas (19-5, 0-3 SEC)

The Razorbacks have had a great start to the season after being picked to finish last in the SEC Preseason Coaches' Poll. They are receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches' Poll and are ranked 25th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 after a 19-5 start to the season. Arkansas is ranks among the national leaders with a .341 team batting average and 1.32 home runs per game. Nicole Schroeder leads a potent Razorbacks' lineup with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs. The pitching staff is led by freshman Autumn Storms, who boasts an 8-3 record and a 1.33 ERA.

UT's All-Time Record vs. Arkansas: 36-14

Tennessee has won the past four games in the series, including a series sweep over the Razorbacks in Knoxville to open SEC play last season.

What's Next?

The Vols return home to host ACC foe North Carolina on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network.


 

 

 

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