Facing the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide, the Tennessee softball team pulled off the upset on Saturday afternoon in the second game of the teams' doubleheader at Knoxville's Tyson Park, 6-4.
The win snapped Alabama's 27-game winning streak and marks the first loss of the year for the Tide. It is also the Lady Vols' first win of the campaign over a nationally-ranked opponent in 11 tries.
The Lady Vols were led by Nikki Sexton and Melissa Radley, who each knocked a home run and had two RBI apiece.
Tennessee fell to the Tide in the first game of the doubleheader, 7-1. The Lady Vols were also in action earlier in the week, losing three games at LSU on March 17-18 and splitting a doubleheader with Kentucky last Wednesday.
Going into Sunday, Tennessee was 14-19 for the season and 4-6 in the Southeastern Conference. Results from Sunday's game against Bama were unavailable at press time.
UT relay team sets school record
Tennessee's speedy relay efforts punctuated the final day of the Baldy Castillo Invitational Saturday night at Arizona State. The Volunteer 4x100M relay team sped to a first-place, NCAA automatic qualifier of 39.00 to rewrite a 20-year-old school standard.
Sean Lambert, Justin Gatlin, Hassaan Stamps and Leonard Scott passed the baton on Tennessee's newest record-breaking effort. In only the second meet of the outdoor season, the Vol quartet outpaced the previous school record of 39.15, set in 1981 by Willie Gault, Jeff Phillips, Jason Grimes and Mike Miller.
Tennessee's 4x400M relay effort also proved to be solid as the Vols clocked a second-place, 3:04.89 a provisional qualifier and tied for the eighth-fastest Tennessee effort all time. Jebreh Harris led off the relay. Gatlin's torrid 45.1 second leg stands as the fastest 400M relay leg any current Vol has run. Stamps and Dwayne Bell finished the last two laps for Tennessee.
Additionally, on an individual basis, Scott seemed to outrun his kidney stone misfortune at the NCAA Indoors two weeks ago by running his career-best wind-legal 100M dash time to automatically qualify for the NCAAs. Scott won the 100M dash in 10.13 with barely a whisper of wind assistance (0.1 meters per second). Scott bettered his previous wind-legal best of 10.26. His fastest time of 9.83 came at the 1999 Sea Ray Relays with a strong wind gust at his back.
Tennessee returns to action April 6-7 in the Gatorade Classic at Tom Black Track in Knoxville.