KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –(WVLT/Submitted) The No. 4 Tennessee softball team is back in action this weekend as the Lady Vols host Mississippi State for three games from April 18-20 at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
All three games will feature a free live video broadcast on UTSports.com and free live audio broadcast on WNML 990 AM with Brian Rice on the call. UTSports.com will also feature live stats and a live blog.
Tennessee (35-6, 11-4 SEC) went 3-1 last week with a midweek win over Tennessee Tech and two wins and a loss at No. 21 Texas A&M. UT enjoyed two of its best offensive games last week, crushing Tennessee Tech, 13-5 (5), with four home runs on April 8 and surging past Texas A&M, 15-2 (5), with a school-record-tying five home runs on April 12.
Mississippi State (33-14, 5-10 SEC) is coming off a 6-4 win over Jackson State on Tuesday. The Bulldogs also took two out of three last weekend at home against Alabama.
Inclement weather canceled No. 4 Tennessee's Tuesday game against Eastern Kentucky.
Senior Madison Shipman was named SEC Player of the Week after hitting .500 with five home runs, eight RBIs, seven runs, a 1.750 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage (2.350 OPS).
Shipman is the third Tennessee softball player to earn SEC Player of the Week honors three times in a career, joining Raven Chavanne (2010-13, six times) and Lindsay Schutzler (2004-07, three times).
With five home runs on the week, Shipman moved to third place on Tennessee's all-time list. Shipman now has 40 career homers and trails only Tonya Callahan (51 from 2005-08) and Lauren Gibson (46 from 2010-13).
Freshman Annie Aldrete also enjoyed an impressive week at the plate last week, hitting .462 with two homers, two doubles and eight RBIs. On Thursday, Aldrete was named a Top 25 Finalist for the inaugural NFCA Division I National Player of the Year award.
Sophomore Haley Tobler hit a team-high .600 last week, going 6-for-10 with one double and one RBI. She currently leads the team with a .448 batting average in SEC games.
Tennessee is 30-15 all-time against Mississippi State. The teams last played in 2012 with the Lady Vols taking a three-game sweep in Starkville. UT hit .364 against in that 2012 series and the Lady Vols outscored the Bulldogs, 26-3.
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