March 1, 2013
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Cheyanne Tarango hit a three-run homer, Lexi Overstreet had a two-RBI hit to end the game early and Erin Gabriel tossed five strong innings as the No. 7/9 Tennessee softball team defeated UNC-Wilmington, 9-1, in five frames on Friday in the Buccaneer Invitational.
The Lady Vols (15-3) took command with two runs in the first and four runs in the third before UNC-Wilmington (6-9) got on the scoreboard in the fourth.
Tarango had the best game offensively, going 2-for-4 with the three-run jack to center in the third inning and an RBI single up the middle in the fifth. Overstreet went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the bottom fifth. Madison Shipman was 2-for-2 with an RBI double and two runs. Raven Chavanne had one hit, two runs and one stolen base.
Gabriel (3-0) struck out five and allowed just two hits and one earned run over five strong innings in the circle to earn the win.
Jodryn (3-2) took the loss for the Seahawks after allowing nine runs (seven earned) over 4.2 innings.
UT struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first. With one out and Chavanne on third base, Gibson connected for an RBI single to left. In the next at-bat, Shipman doubled to left field to plate Gibson and give the Lady Vols a 2-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the third, Melissa Brown had an RBI ground out to second base to plate Chavanne. Tarango came up big with two outs and runners on second and third. The sophomore hammered an 0-1 pitch over the wall in center field to extend UT's lead to 6-0.
UNC-Wilmington answered with one run in the fourth. Olivia Poplin hit a two-out down the left field line and KC Shue scored on the play.
In the fifth, Tarango came through again with a one-out RBI single up the middle to score Shipman. Two batters later, Overstreet drilled a 3-1 pitch to center field to drive in Brown and pinch runner Jennifer Burroughs and conclude the game by run rule.