Forced to remain on the sidelines due to recent weather woes, the Lady Vol softball team will attempt to swing back into action today with its 2003 home debut versus Appalachian State.
Tennessee (4-4) is slated to face the Mountaineers (0-0) twice, beginning at 2 p.m. at Tyson Park. Boasting a three-game winning streak, the Lady Vols have been dormant since a 6-1 win over Jacksonville at the Triple Crown Invitational on Feb. 8 in St. Augustine, Fla. Heavy rains and flash flooding wiped out last weekend's Belmont Invitational, as well as the team's scheduled home opener against Morehead State on Sunday.
"Appalachian State is a scrappy team that can always present problems for any opponent," co-head coach Karen Weekly said.
Boasting an eight-game hitting streak, freshman catcher/third baseman Kristi Durant ranks first in the SEC with a .478 batting average. Senior left fielder Blaine Teasley improved her average to .350 overall after hitting .364 (4-for-11) over the four games at the Triple Crown. Freshman second baseman Mandie Fishback rates third on the squad with a .304 clip and has scored four runs out of the leadoff spot.
On the mound, freshman right-hander Stacey Jennings has compiled a mark of 3-2 and boasts a 3.04 earned run average over her seven appearances this season. Senior Stephanie Humphrey has registered a 2.70 ERA and is 1-2 with 17 strikeouts in 23.1 innings.
Meanwhile, freshman Christy Anch looks to make her debut after missing the outset of the season with back problems.
Appalachian State finished 11-45 in 2002 and placed eighth in the Southern Conference with a 4-15 record. APSU returns 12 letterwinners and seven position starters.
In the only previous meeting between the schools, Stephanie Humphrey became the fourth pitcher in school history to pitch a no-hitter as the Lady Vols defeated Appalachian State, 8-0, at the Cavalier Classic on March 1, 2002, in Charlottesville, Va.