Softball heads to Florida playing well, but with room to improve – Maryville Daily Times
KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee softball team came out of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., with a perfect 6-0 record against good competition.
However, co-head coach Ralph Weekly, despite being proud of his team, sees a lot of room for improvement as they prepare to travel to Clearwater, Fla., this weekend.
“I like the results, but I wasn’t totally pleased with the process,” Weekly said. “We have a lot of work to do, and this isn’t just coach talk, but we have a lot of work to do.”
The Lady Vols offense was in mid-season form over the weekend as they combined to hit 10 home runs during those six games and scored six or more runs in each game.
“I was especially pleased that we set out offensively to try to hit more home runs than last year, and we hit 10 last week,” Weekly said. “Even when you play in desert air and home runs come easier out there, but they haven’t always come easy out there for us.”
Pitching was key for the Lady Vols during the weekend as they went 6-0 with a combined 2.50 ERA. Matty Moss led the way with a 3-0 record and a 0.70 ERA. However, according to Weekly, they still need improvement.
After winning their first five games, the Lady Vols got down early in game six against then-15th ranked Utah. Utah was up 5-0 before Tennessee slowly made its comeback, eventually walking off in the seventh inning on a three-run double from Abby Lockman.
The feat was more impressive for Lockman as she caught all six games as well.
“I didn’t realize it … but catching all those games and