SOFTBALL CENTRAL: Tennessee vs. Alabama
April 13, 2017


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 14 Tennessee begins a challenging stretch of games this weekend as No. 9 Alabama visits Sherri Parker Lee Stadium for three primetime games that will be aired on the SEC Network.

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Tennessee vs. Alabama

No. 16/14 Tennessee (37-5, 9-3 SEC)

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No. 9/10 Alabama (36-7, 10-5 SEC)

Roster Schedule Stats

Media & Broadcast Info

All three games of the series will be broadcast live on the SEC Network with Mary Neely (PxP) and Amanda Scarborough (Analyst) on the call. Radio coverage for the entire series will be available on Sports Radio WNML (FM 99.1/AM 990) with Brian Rice calling the action. Live stats will be available on the softball schedule page at UTSports.com HERE.

View the full series schedule below:

Saturday

Game 1 | 6 p.m. | SEC Network/WatchESPN | WNML (FM 99.1 & AM 990)/UTSports.com

Sunday

Game 2 | 7 p.m. | SEC Network/WatchESPN | WNML (FM 99.1 & AM 990)/UTSports.com

Monday

Game 3 | 7 p.m. | SEC Network/WatchESPN | WNML (FM 99.1 & AM 990)/UTSports.com

Need to Know

The Volunteers enter this weekend's SEC series of the week riding a 16-game win streak, which is the second longest active win streak in the nation behind No. 1 Arizona (25 games). UT's 16 straight victories is its most since winning 19 in a row back in 2013.

The Dynamic Duo

Tennessee's one-two punch of Meghan Gregg and Brooke Vines have been one of the most productive pairs in college softball this season. The duo ranks first and second in the SEC in RBIs with 62 and 45, respectively. Gregg's 62 runs driven in lead the entire country as well. Vines and Gregg are also tied for the team lead and rank 15th nationally in hits with 55 apiece. Both players have already set, or are on pace to set career highs in numerous offensive categories. Gregg leads UT with 19 multi-RBI games while Vines leads the squad with 19 multi-hit performances.

Tennessee vs. Ranked Foes

The Vols have had great success against ranked opponents this season, posting a 9-3 record overall and eight consecutive victories against them. The ninth ranked Crimson Tide will be the seventh ranked opponent UT has faced this season. The Big Orange have 200 wins all time against ranked foes and 93 victories against teams ranked in the top-10.

Gregg Named Player of the Year Finalist

Gregg received some national recognition on Wednesday when she was named a finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. The junior shortstop ranks among the top-15 nationally in batting average, RBIs, doubles, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and total bases. For more info on Gregg's player of the year nomination, click HERE.

McSwain On a Tear

Junior utility player Scarlet McSwain enters this weekend's series in the midst of the best stretch of her career. The Paris, Tenn., native was named SEC Player of the Week on Tuesday after leading the Vols with 12 RBIs, five hits, two doubles, a grand slam and a 1.000 slugging percentage over four games last week. McSwain is riding a career-long six-game hit streak and is batting .455 with 16 RBIs and three home runs over the past 10 games.

Scouting Report

Alabama Crimson Tide (36-7, 10-5 SEC)

The Tide are 7-3 over their past 10 games and won their series against No. 11 LSU last weekend in Tuscaloosa. Alabama features a pair of elite and experienced pitchers in Alexis Osorio and Sydney Littlejohn, who have combined for 32 victories and 365 strikeouts this season. Bama also ranks 10th nationally with a 1.46 team ERA. Offensively, the Tide boasts a balanced attack with a lineup that has eight players with double-digit RBIs. Peyton Grantham leads the team with seven home runs and 39 RBIs while Demi Turner has the highest batting average on the squad at .387.

UT's All-Time Record vs. Alabama: 21-36

The Vols have lost the last three meetings between the two programs but have won two in a row in Knoxville. Tennessee is 12-12 all time at home against Alabama.

Promotions/Giveaways

Check out the promotions that will be going on this weekend 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).

All Series

- Kids Carnival: Inflatables, Face painting and More!

- Postgame Autographs

Saturday

- Happy Hour: Half off hamburgers prior to game from 5-6 p.m.

- Tennessee 811: Free water bottle for first 500 fans.

Sunday

- Pregame Easter Egg Hunt

- Easter Themed Games

Monday

- Happy Hour: Half off chicken breasts prior to game from 6-7 p.m.

- Farm Bureau Giveaway: First 1,000 fans get a free hat.

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?

The Vols continue their tough stretch of SEC games with a three-game series at No. 11 LSU next week from April 21-23 in Baton Rouge, La.


 

 

 

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