KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s softball team will put its 16-game win streak on the line against rival Alabama this weekend in a three-game series at Lee Stadium.
The No. 9-ranked Crimson Tide (36-7, 10-5 SEC) has a 3-game win streak in its series with the No. 14-ranked Lady Vols (37-5, 9-3), dating back to a 3-2 Tennessee win in Tuscaloosa two years ago.
The Lady Vols haven’t played host to Alabama since 2013, winning four of five games against the Tide that season — the final two victories coming in the NCAA regionals.
Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly said this weekend’s series will indeed have a postseason feel to it, as the rivalry between the teams has proven fierce over the years.
“It will be a great environment, the games are sellouts and every game will be on TV,” Weekly said. “There will be no need to motivate anyone this weekend. If anything we need to dial down that warrior level and make sure everyone is calm.
“From here on out, there will be a postseason feel, because every team left on our schedule has a top 10 RPI.”
Tennessee softball vs Alabama game times
Saturday: 6 pm.
Sunday: 7 p.m.
Monday: 7 p.m.
Tennessee softball vs. Alabama vs. TV channel
Saturday: SEC Network, 6 p.m.
Sunday: SEC Network, 7 p.m.
Monday: SEC Network 7 p.m.
Tennessee softball vs. Alabama online viewing
Saturday: SEC Network/WatchESPN
Sunday: SEC Network/WatchESPN
Monday: SEC Network/WatchESPN
Tennessee softball vs. Alabama radio info
Saturday: WNML FM 99.1, AM 990 and UTsports.com
Sunday: WNML FM 99.1, AM 990 and UTsports.com
Monday: WNML FM 99.1, AM 990 and UTsports.com
Tennessee-Alabama softball storylines
• Tennessee junior shortstop Meghan Gregg, recently named the school’s co-female athlete of the year leads the nation with 62 RBIs and is tied with teammate Brooke Vines for the team lead with 55 hits.
• Tennessee is 9-3 against ranked opponents this season, with Alabama being the seventh ranked opponent they will have faced.
• The Lady Vols are 21-36 all-time against the Crimson Tide and 12-12 in games played in Knoxville.
• Alabama features one of the top pitching duos in the nation in senior Alexis Osorio and junior Sydney Littlejohn, who have combined for 32 win and 365 strikeouts this season. Alabama ranks 10th in the nation with a 1.46 ERA, and offensively, the Tide has eight players with 10 or more RBIs.