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#8 Lady Vols Surge Past #9 UK, 9-2

#8 Lady Vols Surge Past #9 UK, 9-2

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Allen

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No. 8 Tennessee scored five in the fifth and Ellen Renfroe struck out eight over seven strong innings as the Lady Vols took a 9-2 comeback win over No. 9 Kentucky on Sunday to take the season series.

Tennessee (39-9, 14-7 SEC) scored one in the second inning, five in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. Kentucky (40-11, 13-8 SEC) scored both of its runs in the first inning.

With eight strikeouts in the complete-game win, Renfroe (25-5) now has 207 on the season. She is just the second Lady Vol to throw 200 strikeouts in each of her four seasons. The only other UT pitcher to accomplish the feat was legend Monica Abbott (2004-07).

Melissa Davin hit a solo home run, her 12th on the season, and a sac fly to drive in a pair of runs. Megan Geer was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. Taylor Koenig hit a two-RBI single. Madison Shipman was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one walk.

Kelsey Nunley (20-6) took the loss after allowing seven earned runs over seven innings.

Sunday’s attendance was 1,685. The weekend total attendance was 4,664 – a Kentucky record for a three-game series.

Kentucky took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Emily Gaines hit a one-out, two-RBI double to center field.

In the second inning, Davin smashed a solo homer on the first pitch she saw from Kelsey Nunley, sending a shot over the wall in right field to pull UT to within 2-1. Tennessee loaded the bases after Koenig was hit by a pitch, Lexi Overstreet rocked a hit down the left field line and Alley Perkins reached on an error at first. Nunley induced a fielder’s choice with a 6-2 out at home and an infield pop up to leave three Lady Vols stranded.

Tennessee exploded with five runs in the sixth inning to take a 6-2 lead. With one out, Haley Tobler knocked a single to left center. Megan Geer drove Tobler in with an RBI triple down the right field line, tying the game at 2-2. With two outs, Annie Aldrete and Davin drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Koenig knocked a two-out, two-RBI single to right field to give UT a 4-2 lead. Cheyanne Tarango reached on a throwing error by the third baseman, scoring Davin on the play. Overstreet followed with an RBI single to center field, plating Koenig for UT’s sixth run of the game.

Kentucky tried to answer in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with two outs. Renfroe got out of the jam by striking out Emily Gaines.

UT added another run in the sixth to push its lead to 7-2. With the bases loaded and two outs, Davin hit a sacrifice fly to right field, plating Tobler from third base.

The Lady Vols plated two more runs in the top of the seventh. Geer knocked a one-out RBI single up the middle to score Perkins. Shipman hit a two-out bloop RBI single over the pitcher’s head to bring home Tobler for UT’s ninth run.

Tennessee will conclude its regular-season schedule at home next weekend with a three game series against Ole Miss from May 2-4. UT will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, May 3.

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Lady Vols roll past Western Carolina 15-0

Lady Vols roll past Western Carolina 15-0

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Allen

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Lexi Overstreet set the tone with a two-run homer in the first inning and Annie Aldrete bashed a grand slam in the third inning as No. 4/2 Tennessee crushed Western Carolina, 15-0, in five innings on Tuesday for its biggest win of the season.

Tennessee (22-2) scored three in the first inning and three in the second before pouring on nine runs in the third to put the game out of reach. UT’s 15 runs are its most scored since a 15-0 win at Ole Miss on April 20, 2013. The Lady Vols’ 14 hits in the win were their most since connecting for 15 hits in a 14-3 win over Oakland on Feb. 9 in Tampa, Fla.

Aldrete was 2-for-3 with the grand slam, five RBIs and two runs scored. Overstreet was 1-for-1 with the two-run homer, three RBIs, two runs and two walks. Rainey Gaffin was a perfect 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Haley Tobler went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Melissa Davin was 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs and Shaliyah Geathers was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Ellen Renfroe improved to 13-0 on the year after tossing three shutout frames with five strikeouts and just one hit allowed. Rainey Gaffin had three strikeouts and allowed just one hit over two scoreless relief innings.

Courtney Buchanan (4-1) took the loss for Western Carolina, allowing six earned runs over two innings. Mallory Broome gave up seven earned runs while recording just one out in the third. Jordan Garrett allowed two earned runs over 1.2 relief frames.

Tennessee jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. With two outs, Aldrete hit an RBI single through the left side to plate Davin for UT’s first run. In the next at-bat, Overstreet hammered a 2-0 pitch from Buchanan off the scoreboard in left field to give the Lady Vols a 3-0 advantage.

The UT offense kept rolling in the second inning with three more runs. With two on and one out, Megan Geer hit an RBI single to left field to score Geathers from third base. Davin followed with an RBI single through the left side to plate Gaffin. Madison Shipman drew a walk to load the bases with one out and Overstreet drew a walk to drive in Geer for Tennessee’s sixth run of the game.

The Lady Vols exploded to nine runs in the bottom of the third inning to put the game well out of reach. With Broome in the circle to start the third, Tobler and Geathers hit back-to-back singles. Gaffin followed with an RBI triple to deep center field to push UT’s lead to 8-0. Geer walked and Davin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Two batters later, Aldrete hammered a 1-2 pitch to center field for the grand slam. Three batters later, Tobler hit a two-RBI double to left field to plate Hannah Akamine and Overstreet. With Tobler on third and two outs, Gaffin knocked an RBI single to right field to give the Lady Vols the 15-0 lead.

Shipman went 0-for-3 with a walk in the game and saw her single-season, school-record-tying 20-game hitting streak come to an end.

UT will open its SEC schedule this weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., taking on Arkansas in a three-game series from March 14-16.

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WKU upsets UT

WKU upsets UT

Posted on 08 March 2014 by Allen

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The Western Kentucky University softball team (14-6-1) defeated its highest-ranked opponent in program history, downing No. 2 Tennessee (19-2) by a score of 3-2 on Saturday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Senior Emily Rousseau (8-5) threw her best performance of the season, striking out a season-high 10 batters in a complete-game effort. Rousseau allowed five hits with both runs earned. UT’s Rainey Gaffin (3-1) took her first loss while giving up her first earned runs of the season in six appearances, giving up six hits and all three runs in six innings of work. She walked three and struck out three.

At the plate, WKU outhit the Lady Vols 9-5 with junior Preslie Cruce, senior Olivia Watkins and sophomore Brooke Holloway tabbing two hits each. Cruce added one of the Lady Toppers’ runs while Holloway came home for the other two. For UT, Madison Shipman had a pair of hits to lead the team. Both teams saw ample of opportunities to score, as each left seven on base during the contest.

The Lady Toppers struck first in the third, taking a 2-0 lead. Back-to-back singles up the middle by Holloway and Cruce put runners on with one out. After a sacrifice bunt from Watkins moved the runners, senior Amanda Thomas was intentionally walked to bring senior Kelsie Mattox to the plate. The Georgia native then put a double in center field for the two runs.

WKU added a run to its lead in the fifth after Holloway led off the frame with a single. Cruce was hit by pitch for the 14th time this season before a Watkins single loaded the base. Thomas then belted a long fly ball to right field that hit off the wall and scored Holloway.

A two-out two-run home run by Cheyanne Tarango cut the Lady Toppers’ lead to 3-2 in the bottom sixth. After no insurance runs were added in the seventh by WKU, Rousseau and the defense closed the game with two-straight putouts before a strikeout closed the game.

WKU is back in action on Sunday to conclude the tourney, as the Lady Toppers take on Georgia Southern at 8 a.m. CT before facing College of Charleston at 10:30 a.m. CT. Gametracker is available for each game via UTSports.com while in-game updates can be found on Twitter with @WKU_GameDay.

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Lady Vols beat San Diego State 3-1

Lady Vols beat San Diego State 3-1

Posted on 28 February 2014 by Allen

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Madison Shipman hit a two-run homer to center and Melissa Davin had an RBI double off the wall in left to help lead No. 2 Tennessee to a 3-1 win over San Diego State late Thursday night in the San Diego Classic.

Tennessee (15-1) scored two in the third inning and one run in the sixth. San Diego State (11-6) scored one run in the bottom of the fifth.

UT starter Ellen Renfroe (9-0) tossed seven strong, striking out six and allowing one unearned run.

Shipman went 2-for-3 with the two-run shot. She has been on a tear lately, hitting five home runs in UT’s last four games.

San Diego State ace Danielle O’Toole (10-3) took the loss after allowing three earned runs over seven innings. O’Toole held UT, which came into the weekend with a .348 average and 15 home runs, hitless until the top of the third inning when Megan Geer hit a one-out single and Madison Shipman followed with a homer on a 3-0 pitch. It was the only two hits allowed by O’Toole until the sixth, when Tennessee pounded out four more hits. San Diego State, however, got two runners out on base and only gave up one run in the inning.

After leaving two runners stranded in the second inning, UT broke through in the third. With one out, Megan Geer singled through the right side. Shipman then sent a 3-0 pitch from O’Toole deep over the fence in straightaway center field to give UT a 2-0 lead.

San Diego State got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. With two runners on and no outs, Katie Mathis ripped an RBI single to center field to draw the Aztecs to within 2-1.

In the top of the sixth, Davin came through with a big hit to push UT’s lead back to two runs. With pinch runner Jennifer Burroughs on third base and two outs, Davin knocked an RBI double off the wall in left center.

Tennessee will continue play in the San Diego Classic on Friday, Feb. 28, at 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET against Colorado State. The game will be played at the University of San Diego.

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