Third-ranked California ran its winning streak to 14 games with an 11-1 win over the Lady Vol softball team on Saturday afternoon at Levine-Fricke Field.
The contest was stopped after five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule. In falling to the defending national champions for the second day in a row (8-4 on Friday), co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly watched their club fall to 1-3 after its opening weekend of activity.
"We're not as bad as the box score indicated, however, some things went wrong right from the get-go and mental mistakes caused a snowball effect that dug us too deep of a hole to get out of," Weekly said. "We told our kids afterwards that it is just one game in a 70-game season and that we will be heading back to the practice field to get better. The key is not how you start, but how you finish."
The Lady Vols lost both games against Cal and split a pair with San Jose State (lost 3-1 and won 5-3) this weekend.
Tennessee will resume action next Friday when it begins the Triple Crown Invitational in St. Augustine, Fla., hosted by the University of Central Florida. The Lady Vols will meet UMKC (9 a.m.) and Stetson (2 p.m.) on Friday and Jacksonville at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, followed by a playoff the rest of the weekend.
UT swimming and diving teams fall to Florida
Tennessee's swimming and diving team fell to No. 6 Florida 122-121 Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., in a dual match that came down to the final event.
Keeping the Vols close was diver Phillip Jones. Jones won both the one and three-meter springboard events. Other winners for the Vols included Renato Gueraldi (50 free) and George du Rand (1000 free).
The loss to Florida marked the first time Tennessee has lost back-to-back matches in coach John Trembley's 15-year tenure.
The women's team also fell in its final dual meet of the season to the No. 2 Lady Gators, 132-101.
Both teams now prepare for the SEC Championships on Feb. 19-22, in Auburn, Ala.
Lady Vol tennis tops Purdue, 5-2
The 11th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team escaped with a 5-2 win over No. 52 Purdue on the indoor courts at Lafayette Sports Center on Saturday.
The Lady Volunteers (3-0) traveled to Urbana-Champaign on Sunday to face No. 45-ranked Illinois at 1 p.m.
Lady Vol track successful in Pa.
As productive as the first day of the Penn State National Meet in University Park, Pa., was for the University of Tennessee women's track & field team, Saturday was even better. Nicole Cook bagged an NCAA provisional en route to second place in the 800-meter, Dee Dee Trotter and Toyin Olupona were first and third in the 200m and the 4x400m relay captured second to pace coach J.J. Clark's team at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track.
UT senior Sharon Dickie posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and placed first among collegians in the 5000m, and Christie Elwin (pole vault) and Toyin Olupona (60m) added runner-up finishes Friday to lead the Lady Vols on the first night of the meet.