EDITOR’S NOTE: Since returning from Hawaii, the Tennessee softball team has been in a slump. The Lady Vols are 4-7 and have dropped SEC conference series to South Carolina, Georgia and Auburn. The reigning SEC Player of the Year, Meghan Gregg, has set the program record for career runs batted in and tied the mark for home runs but has struggled at plate. She is 7-for-33 in those 12 games. She opened up to BTP after playing against Memphis on Tuesday at the Mid State Classic in Columbia, Tenn.
By Meghan Gregg
I’m definitely humbled to be in the record books, but if I have to choose between breaking a record or winning a World Series, I’d definitely pick a World Series any day.
I honestly haven’t been thinking about setting or breaking records. When I set the RBI record, it was an interesting way because I was hit by the pitch. It was more about beating Georgia in that moment anyway.
But I haven’t hit the ball that well in a long time. I haven’t hit a home run since March 17 in Hawaii. I just think I’ve been trying to do too much. When I hit the ball (against Memphis) last night, I felt a lot of that added pressure just go away. I felt like there was a weight lifted off my shoulders.
It’s no secret that we haven’t been performing really well as a team over the past few weeks. We’ve just been thinking too much and pressing too much.
Playing in the SEC is a grind and we’ve had to work on our mental game a lot recently. We’ve had to figure out how to have each other’s back. After we lost the series to Georgia and got run-ruled in back-to-back to games, we were frustrated and played Tennessee State the day after. We only won 3-0 and we were still pressing a good bit. Then we lost the series in Auburn and were shut out in back-to-back games.
Before we played Memphis in Columbia, we spent the day in the community. We spent quality time together as a team off the field and I think it calmed everybody down. It was a breath of fresh air to see all our fans fill up the stands and for us to know that we have supporters no matter what is going on.
We need to use these nonconference games to our advantage right now and I think beating Memphis, 8-0, helped our confidence moving forward. I felt like there was a better presence with our team on the field. We had a domino effect from the pitchers pitching well to everyone contributing offensively. I can’t remember the last time we had that kind of offensive outburst. I think we showed what we could do and everyone is breathing a little easier.