Tennessee Vols morning report: Baseball wins, softball advances
After a thrilling 1-0 13-inning win over the No. 11 Mississippi State Bulldogs in the quarter-finals, Tennessee softball had to turn from its longest game in SEC Tournament history for another afternoon game. Once again, they will face an angry team.
Featured No. 3 Karen Weekly Lady Vols will face the No. seed. 7 Missouri Tigers in Friday afternoon’s semifinals. Mizzou comes into this clash a day after shocking 2nd seed Alabama Crimson Tide 3-0 on Thursday.
While UT is ranked anywhere from No. 10 to No. 13 depending on the service you use, Missouri comes into this fight ranked anywhere from No. 22 to unranked depending on the service. Here’s all the information you need for Friday’s Tennessee softball game.
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The two teams met in Columbia, Mo., to open up the SEC game earlier in the year. The rain delay shortened the series to just a doubleheader on Sunday. However, Rocky Top managed to win both games, which was arguably his most significant performance of the year.
However, this was a different Mizzou team. Before beating Alabama on Thursday, they eliminated the Auburn Tigers, a team UT fans were proud to sweep the previous weekend. Simply put, this team is dangerous under fourth-year head coach Larissa Anderson.
Heading into this clash, the Lady Vols likely already have the last 16 seed secured so they can play in the NCAA Regionals at home. However, now the focus is on trying to secure the top eight seeds so that they have the potential to host the NCAA Super Regional. Mizzou is still playing to try to host the region.
The winner of this match will advance to the SEC Tournament Championship on Saturday to face the winner between the No. 5 Florida Gators and seeded No. 1 Arkansas Razorbacks. If Tennessee softball pulled it out, they would have reached their first title game since 2015.