KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee SEC Player of the Year Meghan Gregg is back in a groove, just in time for the Lady Vols’ pivotal NCAA Super Regional matchup with Texas A&M this week.
The best-of-three NCAA Super Regional matchup is scheduled to begin on Friday at Lee Stadium in Knoxville, though ESPN has not yet released the game times.
The NCAA tourney No. 9-seeded Aggies advanced with a 3-0 victory over Texas in College Station on Sunday.
Gregg homered for No. 8 tourney seed Tennessee in each of its three NCAA Regional games, including Sunday’s 3-0 regional final against Longwood that sent the Lady Vols to the softball’s version of the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the past six years.
“I think having teammates getting hits gives me more confidence,” Gregg said following her 2-for-4, 2-RBI performance on Sunday. “We had 12 hits today. That’s a lot. It didn’t really show on the scoreboard, but that really adds to it.”
Gregg’s day at the plate elevated her into a tie for the school’s single-season RBI record with 77, evening the mark previously shared by Kristi Durant (2005) and Bridget Jackson (1995).
“I was feeling good at the plate and trusting my teammates to get on base,” Gregg said in a featured appearance on the SEC Network on Sunday night. “I was finding my pitch and hunting my pitch and being selective up there.”
That wasn’t the case in the SEC Tournament, where Gregg fell uncharacteristically flat with an 0-for-3 performance in Tennessee’s 6-2 upset loss to LSU at Lee Stadium.
Gregg, a junior from Williamson, Georgia, pledged after that embarrassing loss to the Tigers that she and her teammates would not settle for what many view as a successful season already.
The Lady Vols finished third in the SEC after being picked to finish sixth in the league, getting strong leadership from Gregg as well as the only senior in the lineup, Megan Geer.
Co-head coach Karen Weekly referred to the 2017 Tennessee softball team as “the hardest working” she has coached in her 16 years overseeing the program with her husband, Ralph.