Softball Preview: #16 Tennessee at Auburn

Lady Vols Softball / Credit: UT Athletics

AUBURN, Ala. – Following a third consecutive SEC series win, the No. 16 Tennessee softball team will travel south to take on SEC foe, Auburn in a three-game weekend set on the Plains. First pitch for Friday’s game one is slated for 6 p.m. ET on SEC Network+.

BROADCAST INFO
All three games can be streamed on SEC Network+. Fans can stream the plus on any mobile device through the ESPN App or online at espn.com/watch.

Lady Vol faithful can also listen live on their local Vol Network affiliate or online at UTsports.com to hear VFL Brian Rice describing the action.

QUICK HITS
YEAH…SHE’S STILL STEALIN’
Tennessee sophomore Kiki Milloy enters this weekend’s series with 32 stolen bases on the year. Her current total is the most stolen bags by a Lady Vol in a single season since Raven Chavanne stole 41 bases in 2013.

The current Tennessee single season record is 44, held by LVFL’s Kenora Posey in 2008 and India Chiles in 2007. Milloy’s present number is tied for ninth in a single season with Chavanne when she stole 32 bags in 2012.

CALLIE TURNS THE CORNER
Sophomore pitcher Callie Turner has been incredibly effective for the Lady Vols in her last two starts, giving up just three runs on four hits in 12 innings of work in UT’s victories over South Carolina (4/18/21) and Georgia (4/24/21).

SEC PLAY ISN’T SCARY
In its last nine SEC contests, Tennessee holds a 6-3 record with three consecutive series victories, with four of those wins coming by four or more runs. In those nine contests, the offense has also started to find a bit of its groove, plating six or more runs five times, winning all but one of those affairs.

ANOTHER SEC WEEKLY HONOR
This week, UT senior infielder Ashley Morgan has been named the league’s Player of the Week. Morgan earned the award after an incredible weekend at the plate in the Orange & White’s series victory over Georgia.

Morgan went 6-for-10 with three doubles, a home run and six RBI’s, while boasting an excellent 1.200 slugging percentage, while striking out just once. Morgan also opened the weekend by reaching base in her first six plate appearances and reached on eight of her 12 total appearances at the dish.

SCOUTING AUBURN
2021 Record: 26-16 Overall, 6-12 SEC
Series Record: UT Leads, 38-27
Last Meeting: A 2-0 victory for Auburn in College Station at the 2019 SEC Tournament.
Key Player/Stat: Senior outfielder Tyler King has been the most consistent player at the dish for Auburn, holding a .336 batting average and a team-leading 43 total bases and 16 runs scored. Where the Tigers have greatly struggled is with extra-base-hits, tallying just 60 multi-baggers (35 doubles, six triples, 19 home runs) compared to Tennessee’s 133 extra-base-hits (66 doubles, 11 triples, 56 home runs).

UP NEXT
The Lady Vols will take two days off, before traveling to Starkville, Mississippi for a mid-week conference doubleheader with Mississippi State on Wednesday May 5. First pitches for those contests are set for 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.

-UT Athletics

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