Softball Preview: 2017 NCAA Knoxville Super Regional

Knoxville Super Regional

Softball Preview: 2017 NCAA Knoxville Super Regional

Knoxville Super Regional

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — After perfect 3-0 showings in last week’s NCAA Regional round, SEC foes No. 8 Tennessee and No. 9 Texas A&M square off in this week’s NCAA Super Regionals from FridaySunday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

The showdown between the Volunteers and Aggies will be a rematch of the last series of the regular season, where UT took two of three games from A&M in College Station.

Media & Broadcast Info

Every game of this week’s super regional will be televised nationally, with Friday and Saturday’s games airing on ESPN2 and Sunday’s if necessary game set to be broadcast on ESPN. Alex Loeb (PxP) and Megan Willis (analyst) will call the action for each game.

Radio coverage for each game will be carried on Sports Radio WNML (FM 99.1 or AM 990) and Live stats will be available for all games on the Tennessee softball schedule page at HERE.

Game Schedule

View the full NCAA Knoxville Super Regional schedule below:


Game 1 | Tennessee (H) vs. Texas A&M (A) | 6 p.m. ET| TV: ESPN2


Game 2 | Texas A&M (H) vs. Tennessee (A) | 5 p.m. ET| TV: ESPN2


Game 3 (If Necessary) |Tennessee (H) vs. Texas A&M (A) | 3 p.m. ET | TV: ESPN

Scouting Report

Tennessee Volunteers

No. 8 National Seed | Knoxville Regional Champions

The Vols are making their fifth trip to the NCAA Super Regionals in the past six seasons, one of just 10 programs who can claim that feat. This will be their ninth trip to supers overall, with seven of the previous eight appearances resulting in trips to the Women’s College World Series. In the midst of their 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the Big Orange are a top-eight seed for the sixth time in program history (2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2015) and are looking to advance to their eighth Women’s College World Series.

Tennessee enters super regionals with a 47-10 overall record and after going 3-0 in the regionals last week with a pair of wins over Longwood and a thrilling comeback victory over USC Upstate. The Vols were led once again by junior superstar Meghan Gregg, who homered in all three games and led the team with six RBIs during the regional. The USA Softball National Player of the Year candidate tied the UT single-season RBI record of 77 with a solo home run in Sunday’s regional final victory over the Lancers.

UT’s pitching staff also stepped up over the weekend, allowing just one earned run in the three games. Matty Moss was dominant throughout, tossing two complete-game shutouts while allowing just five hits and striking out 19 batters.

Texas A&M Aggies

No. 9 National Seed | College Station Regional Champions

The Aggies are making their first trip to the NCAA Super Regionals since 2013 after going unbeaten to win the College Station Regional last week. A&M defeated Texas Southern, Texas State and Texas in its three games, outscoring those teams by a combined 20-2. Texas A&M is also looking to book its eighth trip to the Women’s College World Series and its first since 2008.

The duo of Tori Vidales and Riley Sartain lead the Aggies’ powerful offense that is tied for 15th nationally in scoring at six runs per game. Vidales ranks second among all SEC players with 16 home runs and hit four in the regular-season series against the Vols. Sartain leads the team with a .358 batting average and 44 RBIs. Texas A&M also features a balance pitching staff that ranks 17th in the country with a 1.78 ERA. All three of the Aggies’ primary pitchers have ERAs of 1.78 or lower. Samantha Show leads the staff with 19 wins, 117 strikeouts and 133.2 innings pitched.

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 NCAA Knoxville Super Regional and all other events at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. 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 and all other stadium policies please visit the NCAA Knoxville Super Regional Gameday Information page HERE.

What’s Next?

The winner of the NCAA Knoxville Super Regional will advance to the Women’s College World Series, which will be held in Oklahoma City from June 1-7 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium — OGE Energy Field.

-UT Athletics


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