Oct. 3, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee softball program was reunited with a friendly face from its 2012 Women's College World Series run a few weeks ago when ESPN reporter Holly Rowe was in town.
When ESPN's College Gameday and the ESPN broadcast crew for the Sept. 15 Tennessee-Florida football game rolled into Knoxville earlier this month, Rowe was in town as the sideline reporter for the game. Rowe is an ESPN regular for Women's College World Series coverage and was kind enough to stop by Sherri Parker Lee Stadium to sign the UT softball program's new 2012 Women's College World Series mural in the clubhouse foyer.
"We love seeing the Lady Vols in OKC!!" Rowe signed on the mural.
The mural stands 15 feet long and 11 feet high and it was added to the clubhouse this summer to commemorate Tennessee's outstanding stretch of five Women's College World Series appearances in the last eight years.
"It was really neat to see Holly again and have her sign our mural," Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. "Our players have grown close to Holly and the ESPN crew during our visits to the College World Series. Every player in college softball wants to be in Oklahoma City in the first week of June and wants to be interviewed by Holly Rowe."
With four returning 2012 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans and a wealth of talent across the board, the Lady Vols hope to be reunited with Rowe in 2013 at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. Tennessee softball will release its 2013 schedule this week.