Tennessee softball’s 2017 season came to an end after the Volunteers lost two straight games to the Texas A&M Aggies in the NCAA Super Regionals.
They took two out of three during the regular season against the Texas A&M Aggies, and all of those games were on the road. Then they won the first game of the Super Regionals. But the young Tennessee softball team could not close the deal in Knoxville.
And Ralph and Karen Weekly’s Vols fell one game short of the College World Series as a result.
The Vols blew a 4-1 lead on Saturday to the Aggies, who scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth that day, to lose 6-5.
Then they blew a 3-0 lead on Sunday by giving up four runs in one inning again, this time in the top of the third inning, to lose 5-3.
With the two losses, the No. 8 seed Vols fell to 48-12 to finish the year, while Texas A&M improved to 47-11.
Despite the losses, this year’s Tennessee softball team was very impressive in how it managed expectations.
The Vols were a very young team and did not have the same preseason hype they generated other years, but they still remained a Top 10 team and had the SEC player of the year in Meghan Gregg.
There is plenty to be encouraged about, as Gregg is only a junior, and the Vols only had two seniors on the team this year: Megan Greer and Kassidy Gallo. Given the fact that Gallo was a reserve, this team only lost one key player.
And they return a heck of a lot more talent.
So the Vols were playing with a bit of house money this year, and the loss just raises expectations for next year.
They have nothing to be ashamed of with how the season turned out.