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Tennessee vs Alabama Softball Super Regional Open Thread

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It's The Third Saturday in October on Memorial Day Weekend as old foes collide with a trip to the Women's College World Series on the line.

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So we're getting pretty good at this softball thing by now; I know Lady Vol basketball should have a monster year next season, but right now I'd wager Lady Vol softball has as good a chance as any other program on campus to win a championship, if not better. The LVs are the 7 seed in this year's NCAA Women's Softball Tournament, and will host the hated 10 seed Crimson Tide today and tomorrow for the right to advance to the Women's College World Series.

Tennessee took two of three from Alabama earlier this year in Knoxville. The LVs finished second in the SEC behind the Florida Gators; to show you the strength of the league, six of the sixteen teams left standing in this field hail from our fine conference. Tennessee has played in the WCWS five times since 2005 (05, 06, 07, 10, 12), finishing third thrice and second once. In our last appearance we were bounced immediately last summer, something this year's team looks to improve upon.

To do that, we'll have to take two of three from Alabama again. It starts tonight at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN2, then continues tomorrow with Game 2 at 5:00 PM ET on ESPN. Game 3, if necessary, would go tomorrow night at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN2.

The game is sold out, but you can watch for free from UT's soccer stadium next door. It's a big weekend for Tennessee Athletics - if you're following along on the worldwide leader this weekend, this is your open thread for all the action. Beat Bama.