Kelly Grieve (2)
Feb. 27, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - In its largest run-scoring effort since plating 20 runs against Massachusetts on March 12, 2006, in Clearwater, Fla., No. 8 UT (16-1) opened its Tennessee Classic at Lee Softball Stadium in a big way on Friday night by blasting past Bowling Green, 18-0 (5 inn.).
Sophomore Kelly Grieve led a season-best 20-hit Lady Vol onslaught by recording a perfect 5-for-5 night, two steals, two runs scored, a triple and five RBIs. The individual performance by the Asheville, N.C., native equaled a UT single-game record for hits, while her two stolen bases raised her squad-best 2009 total to 15. Senior left fielder Lillian Hammond tallied a 3-for-4 effort with a pair of runs and two RBIs. Sophomore catcher Jen Lapicki knocked in three runs, junior second baseman Erinn Webb went a perfect 3-for-3 with three tallies and freshman right fielder Shelby Burchell went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Freshman third baseman Jessica Spigner delivered two hits while scoring three times.
In the circle senior Danielle Pieroni picked up her second career win, tossing three innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts. Sophomore Ashton Ward worked the final two frames, allowing one hit, walking one and punching out two.
Following a quick one-two-three top of the first from Pieroni, the Tennessee speed game got the Lady Vol offense started in the bottom half. Grieve led off the inning with a single and swiped both second and third, upping her season steal total to 15. Hammond followed with a run-scoring base knock to second as the Big Orange nabbed a 1-0 lead. Following a stolen base and a passed ball that allowed Hammond to race into third, junior first baseman Tiffany Huff walked to place runners on the corners. Freshman pinch runner Holly Baker ran for Huff and advanced into scoring position via a stolen base while Hammond scored from third on another passed ball. Spigner singled through the left side, before Burchell plated her with a single deep into the hole at short. Webb and freshman designated player Dee Dee Fryer drew back-to-back walks, forcing in a run for a 4-0 lead. With the bases still loaded, Lapicki delivered a sacrifice fly to right. A steal from Fryer and an infield single from Andrews loaded the bags again, setting the stage for Grieve's three-run triple into the right field corner as the advantage climbed to 8-0. That forced a pitching change as Hayley Weimer entered the match-up in relief for Bowling Green, attempting to stem the UT offensive momentum. Hammond greeted the new hurler with an infield base knock that plated Grieve, while a Falcon throwing error allowed the Chattanooga, Tenn., speedster to race into second. Run-scoring singles off the bats of Huff and Burchell set the final first inning count at 11-0 in Tennessee's favor as 16 batters came to the plate.
After a quiet second inning, the Big Orange offense struck again in the bottom of the third by recording four runs on four hits. Spigner christened the frame with a lead-off walk. With one retired Webb doubled to the wall in left center advancing the runner to third. Fryer walked on four pitches and was followed by a Lapicki two-run single that raised the count to 13-0. Another Grieve single and an error by BGSU's pitcher plated two more scores as the lead stretched to 15.
Ward took over for Pieroni in the circle, starting the top of the fourth. The Charlotte, N.C., product picked up right where her counterpart left off, allowing just one hit in the frame before retiring the side.
A Spigner double opened yet another Lady Vol scoring barrage in the bottom half of the fourth. Three hitters later Ward contributed from the plate by delivering an RBI single through the left side of the infield. Moments later Kajitani added an RBI base hit and Grieve dropped a perfect run-scoring bunt to finalize the offensive onslaught at 18-0 Tennessee.
UT's 6-0 right hander finished off the Falcons in the top of the fifth by striking out catcher Katelynn Boso and shortstop Rachel Proehl.
No. 8 Tennessee will return to the field immediately with an 8:15 p.m. ET match-up against James Madison. Live stats will be available through utladyvols.com via Gametracker.
Tennessee Softball Classic
Schedule Revised as of 7:30 p.m. Friday 2/27 due to weather.
|Friday, 27 Feb, Sherri Lee Stadium|
|1:30||North Dakota State (3B)||vs.||Bowling Green (1B)||NDSU 6-4|
|3:45||James Madison (3B)||vs.||Jacksonville State (1B)||JSU 6-0|
|6:00||Tennessee (3B)||vs.||Bowling Green (1B)||UT 18-0 (5 inn.)|
|8:15||Tennessee (3B)||vs.||James Madison (1B)||Gametracker|
|10:30||Jacksonville State (3B)||vs.||North Dakota State (1B)||Gametracker|
|Saturday, 28 Feb, Sherri Lee Stadium|
|9:00||Bowling Green (3B)||vs||Marshall (1B)||Gametracker|
|11:15||James Madison (3B)||vs||Bowling Green (1B)||Gametracker|
|1:30||Tennessee (3B)||vs||North Dakota State (1B)||Gametracker|
|3:45||Tennessee (3B)||vs||Jacksonville State (1B)||Gametracker|
|6:00||Marshall (3B)||vs||James Madison (1B)||Gametracker|
|Sunday, 1 Mar, Sherri Lee Stadium|
|10:30||North Dakota State (3B)||vs||Marshall (1B)||Gametracker|
|12:45||Jacksonville State (3B)||vs||James Madison (1B)||Gametracker|
|3:00||Tennessee (3B)||vs||Marshall (1B)||Gametracker|
**(3B) designates home team
---All times Eastern