Tennessee unveils 2015 softball schedule

ZZ 2015 Tennessee Softball ScheduleBy Stephen Lee

Tennessee softball co-head coaches Ralph Weekly and Karen Weekly has released UT’s 2015 schedule. UT has 34 games against teams that played in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

“This will be a challenging schedule for a team with one senior,” Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. “We are excited about the season and anticipate playing a lot of freshmen and sophomores. As iron forges iron, hopefully we will forge one another.”

Tennessee went 46-12 in 2014, making its seventh NCAA Super Regional in the last 10 seasons. The Big Orange has won at least 40 games in each of its last 12 seasons. Tennessee will celebrate its 20th year of softball in 2015. NFCA All-American and 2014 NFCA Co-Freshman of the Year Annie Aldrete is among UT’s nine returning veterans. The Lady Vols also feature eight exciting newcomers for the upcoming 2015 campaign. Tennessee has made six Women’s College World Series appearances in the last 10 years with five finishes in the top three.

The 2015 television schedule will be announced at a later date.

Season ticket renewals for the 2015 season will be sent out in early January to all 2014 season ticket holders. Season tickets will also go on sale to the public at this time. There will be more information regarding tickets at a later date.

The 2015 season will mark the 20th year of softball at Tennessee. UT has a rich softball history with six Women’s College World Series appearances in the last 10 seasons. Tennessee is 897-363-2 (.712) all-time and has produced 30 NFCA All-America selections, 22 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America selections, four SEC Players of the Year, a three-time SEC Pitcher of the Year, four Capital One Academic All-Americans of the Year, two Honda Sports Award for Softball winners, one Senior CLASS Award winner, one NFCA National Freshman of the Year and one USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year.

The schedule:

KENNESAW STATE TOURNAMENT

(FEB. 6-8, KENNESAW, GA.)

USF INVITATIONAL

(FEB. 13-15, TAMPA, FLA.)

MARY NUTTER COLLEGIATE CLASSIC

(FEB. 19-21, CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF.)

TENNESSEE CLASSIC

(FEB. 27-MARCH 1)

TENNESSEE INVITATIONAL

(MARCH 5-MARCH 8)

March 10 ILLINOIS STATE Knoxville, Tenn. 6 p.m.

March 13 l at South Carolina Columbia, S.C. 6 p.m.

March 14 l at South Carolina Columbia, S.C. 2 p.m.

March 15 l at South Carolina Columbia, S.C. 1 p.m.

March 17 WESTERN KENTUCKY Knoxville, Tenn. 6 p.m.

March 20 l MISSOURI Knoxville, Tenn. 6:30 p.m.

March 21 l MISSOURI Knoxville, Tenn. 2 p.m.

March 22 l MISSOURI Knoxville, Tenn. 1:30 p.m.

March 24 at ETSU Johnson City, Tenn. 6 p.m.

March 28 l GEORGIA Knoxville, Tenn. TBA

March 29 l GEORGIA Knoxville, Tenn. TBA

March 30 l GEORGIA Knoxville, Tenn. TBA

April 1 APPALACHIAN STATE Knoxville, Tenn. 7 p.m.

April 2 l at Auburn Auburn, Ala. TBA

April 3 l at Auburn Auburn, Ala. TBA

April 4 l at Auburn Auburn, Ala. TBA

April 7 EASTERN KENTUCKY Knoxville, Tenn. TBA

April 10 l LSU Knoxville, Tenn. 6:30 p.m.

April 11 l LSU Knoxville, Tenn. 2 p.m.

April 12 l LSU Knoxville, Tenn. 1:30 p.m.

April 14 ETSU Knoxville, Tenn. 6 p.m.

April 17 l at Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. TBA

April 18 l at Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. TBA

April 19 l at Mississippi State Starkville, Miss. TBA

April 21 KENNESAW STATE Knoxville, Tenn. 6 p.m.

April 23 l at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. TBA

April 24 l at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. TBA

April 25 l at Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. TBA

May 1 l KENTUCKY Knoxville, Tenn. 6:30 p.m.

May 2 l KENTUCKY Knoxville, Tenn. 2 p.m.

May 3 l KENTUCKY Knoxville, Tenn. 1:30 p.m.

May 6-9 SEC Tournament Baton Rouge, La.

May 15-17 NCAA Regionals

May 21-24 NCAA Super Regionals

May 28- June 3 WCWS in Oklahoma City, Okla.

HOME GAMES BOLDED IN ALL CAPS. SEC GAMES marked by l,

TBA – time to be announced later. All times listed are Eastern

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