Tennessee softball has about as much tradition as any program in the nation, so any time you hear “greatest ever,” it’s enough to turn your head.
But those were exactly the words Lady Vols co-head coach Karen Weekly used on Saturday to describe Tennessee’s 7-3 victory over USC-Upstate in the NCAA Softball Tournament regional in Knoxville.
“This is the greatest comeback in Tennessee history, the kids just kept believing,” Weekly told the SEC Network after the Lady Vols escaped, having been just one strike from losing before Aubrey Leach’s 3-run home run in the top of the seventh inning.
“We just kept telling them, ‘We’re going to win this game, but we have to play smarter not harder,” Weekly said. “We just kept telling them there’s no time clock in softball, the game ends when we say it ends, so don’t make that last out.”
Weekly praised freshman Caylan Arnold for keeping Tennessee in the game against the three-time defending Atlantic Sun Conference champions, even when a pair of controversial calls went against the Lady Vols and led to runs for the Spartans.
“She threw a gem, I kept looking up at the board and there were only 2 runs and she had given up 1 hit,” Weekly said. “She did her job, and she kept us within reach and that’s what you want your pitcher to do, give us a chance.”