Knoxville, Tenn.--(UTSports) No. 7 Tennessee heads to Columbia, S.C., this week to compete in the 2014 SEC Softball Tournament, held May 7-10 at Carolina Softball Stadium at Beckham Field.
Tennessee, which is ranked No. 7 in the USA Today/NFCA and the ESPN.com/USA Softball polls, is the No. 2 seed in the 2014 SEC Tournament for the third-straight year after finishing the regular season with a 17-7 SEC record. UT will play in Game 4 on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET against the winner of Wednesday's Game 1 between No. 7-seed Kentucky and No. 10-seed Mississippi State.
All nine games of the 2014 SEC Softball Tournament will be televised and streamed online by the ESPN family of networks. The first eight games will be televised on ESPNU and the title game on Saturday at 8 p.m. will be on ESPN2. All games can also be seen online via WatchESPN.
Fans can also listen live to Brian Rice's broadcasts on UTSports.com for all of Tennessee's games in the SEC Softball Tournament. Saturday's championship game will also be aired live on WNML 990 AM.
UT is 22-18 all-time in 14 SEC Tournament appearances. Tennessee won the SEC Tournament in 2006 and in 2011.
On Tuesday, Madison Shipman was named SEC Player of the Year, Ellen Renfroe was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Tennessee totaled a program-record 11 SEC honors. Shipman earned Player of the Year and was picked for First Team All-SEC and SEC All-Defensive honors. Renfroe was tabbed the Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned Second Team All-SEC honors. Melissa Davin earned First Team All-SEC accolades for the first time in her career. Annie Aldrete was named to the First Team All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC squads. Taylor Koenig, Megan Geer and Shaliyah Geathers earned Freshman All-SEC honors.
The Lady Vols went 2-1 in their three-game series at Kentucky just two weeks ago. UT won the first game, 6-3, on April 26 and Kentucky took the second game, 5-2, the next day. The Lady Vols enjoyed a big 9-2 win on April 27 to take the series. Melissa Davin hit a team-high .444 (4-for-9) with one homer against UK that week and Taylor Koenig and Madison Shipman each hit .400 (4-for-10) in the three games in Lexington. Annie Aldrete hit a pair of home runs against the Wildcats. Ellen Renfroe earned both wins, going 2-0 with a 13 strikeouts over 14 innings.
Tennessee went 1-2 against Mississippi State three weeks ago in Knoxville. The Bulldogs edged UT, 2-0, on April 18 before Tennessee evened the series with an 11-5 win on April 19. MSU used a seven-run sixth inning to defeat UT, 11-7, on April 20. Shipman hit Mississippi State pitching extremely well, batting .800 (4-for-5) with three homers, six RBIs, five runs and six walks. The Lady Vols combined for seven homers over three games against MSU pitching.
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