The Tennessee Lady Volunteers softball team has been one of this sport’s top powers since entering the NFCA top 25 in February 2004. In fact, it’s been such a consistent power that it has been in the national rankings since then. The team has come close to a national title in the past, losing the national championship series in 2007 and 2013. Games at their home field, Sherri Parker Lee Softball Stadium, feature some of the country’s best softball, as all 13 SEC teams were selected to play in the 2019 NCAA Softball Tournament. Two of the teams – Florida and Alabama – advanced to the Women’s College World Series while the Lady Volunteers came up one win shy of making it there. If you’re a Tennessee sports fan or simply love softball, make sure to head out to the Sherri Parker Lee softball stadium this year to catch the Lady Volunteers in action. StubHub is your source for Tennessee Lady Volunteers softball tickets.
When did Tennessee play its first softball game?
Tennessee’s program got underway on February 23, 1996, with a 1-0 loss to Baylor in Lafayette, Louisiana. The Lady Volunteers rebounded from that setback by defeating the Bears the next day 5-4 for the team’s first win. UT put together quality seasons from the start, going 54-14 in 1996, 45-22 in 1997, 37-31 in 1998 and 44-27 in 1999.
When was UT’s first NCAA Softball Tournament game?
The Lady Volunteers were selected to the NCAA Softball Tournament for the first time in 1999. The trip to Seattle was a brief one as UT went 0-2 in its two games, and it took five more years before the team would return to the postseason. However, it has taken part in the NCAA Softball Tournament every year since 2004.
When did the Lady Volunteers first play in the Women’s College World Series?
Tennessee first showed up on the national scene in the 2005 season. At the NCAA Softball Regionals Knoxville, UT went undefeated with a 9-0 win over Miami University and 4-0 and 2-0 defeats of the College of Charleston. Another trip to the West Coast followed, but this one went much better than the journey in 1999. Tennessee’s Monica Abbott continued her pitching prowess, shutting out Stanford 2-0 and 6-0. At the WCWS in Oklahoma City, UT started play with a dramatic 1-0 win over Arizona, scoring the game’s lone run in the sixth inning. Following a 3-1 loss to UCLA, the Lady Volunteers stayed alive with a 4-0 whitewashing of Alabama and a dramatic 2-0 11-inning win over Michigan that ended at 1:21 in the morning. The historic run finally came to an end with a 3-2 loss to the Wolverines.
Where are Tennessee Lady Volunteers Softball games played?
Tennessee Lady Volunteers softball ticket holders head to Sherri Parker Lee softball stadium to see the best UT games. This facility opened on February 5, 2008, with its inaugural game, an 8-2 UT victory over BYU. It also played host to an exhibition game versus the USA softball team, whose roster included Abbott, on April 12, 2008. A rematch versus the national team is scheduled for April 8, 2020.
What are UT’s top home games in 2020?
Heading into the 2020 campaign, the top games on Tennessee’s home schedule will be its three-game series with Alabama from March 20-22 and with Florida from April 3-5. Alabama is currently ranked No. 2 in the NFCA’s preseason poll. Florida, currently ranked No. 7 in the NFCA preseason poll, and UT, No. 12, faced off in an epic NCAA Softball Super Regionals series last year in 2019.Back to Top