Ralph and Karen Weekly's squad kicked off its SEC slate this year by taking one game from the reigning four-time regular-season champion and then-ranked No. 7 LSU in Baton Rouge over March 8-9. Behind junior Kristin Schmidt's two-hitter, the Tigers cruised to a 4-0 win in the opener. Tennessee would halt an eight-game slide in Death Valley on senior Blaine Teasley's (Tucson, Ariz.) tie-breaking solo homer to begin the seventh frame of the second contest. The 3-2 upset was UT's initial victory at Tiger Park and represented the Lady Vols' first win over a Top 10 foe on the road since it swept a double-dip from No. 9 South Carolina on April 10, 1999.
The Bayou Bengals overcame a 1-0 deficit in the series finale with six unanswered runs to secure its 41st straight SEC series win, a record that was snapped several weeks later by 2003 SEC regular-season winner Georgia. For the Lady Vols, the duo of freshman Christy Anch (Ashburn, Va.) and junior Lauren Mattox (Charlotte, N.C.) each batted .333 over the three games in Tiger Town, while freshman Stacey Jennings (Aurora, Colo.) was 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 9.1 innings.