SOFTBALL CENTRAL: Tennessee vs. North Carolina
March 21, 2017



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 19 Tennessee begins a 10-game homestand on Wednesday night when No. 25 North Carolina visits Sherri Parker Lee Stadium for a non-conference midweek battle.

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Tennessee vs. North Carolina

20/19 Tennessee (22-5, 3-3 SEC)

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RV/25 North Carolina (24-6, 5-1 ACC)

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The Vols enter Wednesday's matchup following a 5-1 win over No. 25 Arkansas on Sunday to close out their series against the Razorbacks. UT is 19-2 in non-conference play this season and 8-1 at home this year.

Series Schedule/Media & Broadcast Info

Wednesday's ranked showdown with the Tar Heels will be broadcast live on the SEC Network at 7:30 p.m. with Mark Neely (PxP) and Jenny Dalton-Hill (Analyst) on the call.

Fans can also listen to the game on Sports Radio WNML (FM 99.1/AM 990) and UTSports.com as Brian Rice calls the action. Live stats will be available on the softball schedule page at UTSports.com HERE.

Need to Know

The Big Orange have been stellar in non-conference play this season, boasting a 19-2 record, including a 6-0 mark at home. The Vols are batting .355 as a team and have outscored their non-conference opponents 162-30 so far this season while racking up 11 run-rule victories.

No Place Like Home

After a week-long road trip last week, Tennessee will begin a 10-game homestand starting with Wednesday game against UNC. UT is 8-1 at home this season and has outscored its competition 61-25 in those nine games.

The Big Orange were one of the top teams in the nation when playing at home last season, posting an NCAA best 22-1 record at Lee Stadium in the regular season, including an 11-0 mark in SEC play. Tennessee outscored its opponents 225-63 and won 16 of their 24 total home games last season by run rule.

Chasing 1,000

Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly needs just one more victory to reach 1,000 for her career. Weekly would join an elite group of just 31 other NCAA Division I coaches to reach the 1,000-win plateau.

Texas Native Seggern Doing Big Things

Freshman third baseman Chelsea Seggern is quickly evolving into one of UT's top players. The Thrall, Texas native has started all 27 games this season and ranks third on the team with 18 RBIs. Her eight doubles are tied for fifth most in the SEC and she also had recorded a pair of game-winning hits. Over the past 10 games, Seggern is batting .414 and leads the team with 12 hits and four doubles.

Scouting Report

RV/25 North Carolina (24-6, 5-1 ACC)

The Tar Heels have won eight of their past night games and are coming off a series win over Virginia Tech last weekend. UNC was picked to finish fourth in the ACC Preseason Coaches' Poll and is currently ranked No. 25 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25. North Carolina is led by senior Kendra Lynch, who is batting .406 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs. Her 12 homers lead the ACC and are tied for third nationally while 38 RBIs rank sixth in the country. Lynch is also 7-2 in the circle for the Tar Heels this season.

UT's All-Time Record vs. North Carolina: 3-1

After losing the first-ever meeting in the series, Tennessee has won the past three, all by narrow margins. In the most recent contest between the two, the Vols came away with a 2-0 victory over the Tar Heels in the 2007 NCAA Regionals.

Promotions/Giveaways

Check out the promotions that will be going on Wednesday night and throughout the season below.

All Season

- Scan to Win Challenge (For Season Ticket Holders): Every time you scan your ticket, you are entered into a drawing for two (2) tickets to the SEC Tournament (all-session tickets).

Wednesday vs. North Carolina

- Second Harvest: Free general admission ticket for any fan who brings 2+ non-perishable items.

- Foam Finger Giveaway for First 500 Fans

- Student Rewards Swipe-In: Located next to marketing table.

- Week Day Work Perk: Present your business card at the Lee Stadium Ticket Office to purchase a discounted ticket to the game plus a food voucher.

Fan Information/Stadium Policies

Please be advised that the university's clear bag policy for all of its athletic venues will be in effect for the Tennessee Invitational and every other home game this season. In order to enhance safety and expedite fan entry at Tennessee athletic events, the university is implementing new safety policies for fans bringing bags into all athletic venues.

Only one clear plastic bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or a one-gallon, clear, resealable plastic storage bag per person will be permitted. Fans will also be allowed a small clutch purse not to exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Fans interested in purchasing an approved clear bag may visit the Official Team Store at Neyland Stadium, VolShop locations in the Student Union, 17th & Cumberland Avenue and University Commons; as well as other area retailers.

For more information on the new bag policy click HERE.

What's Next?

Tennessee remains home to host Ole Miss for three games this Friday-Sunday at Lee Stadium. Friday and Sunday's games will be streamed live on SEC Network +/WatchESPN while Saturday's game will be carried on the SEC Network. All three games will also be carried on Sports Radio WNML. Fans can purchase tickets at AllVols.com.


 

 

 

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