Freshman Stacey Jennings became the first pitcher in Tennessee's eight-year existence of softball to throw a perfect game, as she accomplished the feat with a 3-0 blanking of UNLV on Friday night at Jim Rogers Field in Las Vegas.
The right-hander (5-2) struck out six Rebels and relied on several defensive gems from her teammates to lift the Lady Vols to their seventh straight win.
"Stacey really threw a great game tonight," UT pitching coach Michele Granger said. "She had under 10 strikeouts, which is very usual for a perfect game, showing that the defense was solid behind her."
The Lady Vols were 3-1 in the tournament entering Sunday's game against Syracuse. Results were unavailable at press time.
With a 3-0 win Saturday, Syracuse ended Tennessee's seven-game winning streak. The Lady Vols topped Louisiana-Monroe 5-3 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday night.
Men's swimming and diving finishes fourth at SECs, women finish fifth
The No. 12 Tennessee men's swimming and diving team finished fourth at the 2003 SEC Championships in Auburn, Ala. The Vols compiled 455 points, securing fourth-place for the second-straight year. Auburn won with 918.5 points. It is the seventh consecutive conference title for the Tigers.
"We had a very good day qualifying our guys for the NCAA Championships," UT coach John Trembley said. "You come to a meet like this expecting your guys to do well. This has been a very good meet for us to prepare for NCAAs."
The Vol swimmers set 26 new personal-best times in 11 different events, broke a school record in the 50 freestyle and had 13 swimmers with times under the NCAA provisional qualifying times.
The Lady Vols finished in fifth place with 278 points, edging sixth-place South Carolina by 18 points. Auburn won the meet with 841.5 points.
Men's tennis shuts out Austin Peay 5-0
Tennessee improved its record to 6-2 with a 5-0 win over Austin Peay on Friday at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center. The Vols now turn their attention to the Southeastern Conference schedule, which begins Feb. 28 when Tennessee travels to Lexington, Ky., to face No. 9 Kentucky.
Track teams finalize SEC preparations at Tennessee Classic
The No. 12 UT men's track and field team honed its SEC Indoor preparations Friday night with a limited workout at the Tennessee Classic in Stokely Athletics Center. All told, five athletes on the Tennessee roster posted wins in the SEC dress rehearsal.
Sean Lambert's 6.19 to take the 55m dash stood as the day's most impressive outing. Meanwhile, Josh Whisman won the weight throw and Blake Sabo took the 'B' section of the shot put.
Lady Vol Toyin Olupona posted a career best and an NCAA provisional en route to victory in the 55-meter dash and Christie Elwin won her third pole vault title. Both teams travel to Gainesville, Fla., for the SEC Indoor Championships on Friday at the University of Florida's O'Connell Center. The meet begins with the pentathlon on Friday and concludes on Sunday afternoon.
Rain postpones baseball series again
Due to heavy rains in the Knoxville area overnight which led to unplayable field conditions, the Saturday doubleheader between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Bowling Green State Falcons at Lindsey Nelson Stadium was postponed.
As a result, the series was shortened to a doubleheader Sunday afternoon. Tennessee won the first game, 8-2, scoring all eight runs in the eighth inning.
Results of the second game were unavailable at press time.