March 2, 2013
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C - Madison Shipman and Kat Dotson hit home runs and Cheyanne Tarango tossed a five-strikeout one-hitter as No. 7/9 Tennessee took a 9-0 win over UNC-Wilmington on Saturday in the Buccaneer Invitational.
The Lady Vols (17-3) scored four runs in the first inning and never let up as Tarango held UNC-Wilmington in check.
Shipman had a two-run homer and two runs scored and Dotson had a two-run homer. Melissa Davin went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.
Tarango (3-1) three five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. She also scored a run and had an RBI on the day.
Casey Rowland took the loss after allowing nine earned runs over four innings.
The Lady Vols jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first. With the bases loaded, Tarango batted in Raven Chavanne on a fielder's choice to the shortstop as Chavanne slid into home plate safely. Melissa Brown drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Lauren Gibson and Davin followed with a two-RBI single up the middle.
In the bottom of the second, with two outs and Gibson on second base, Shipman hammered a 2-2 pitch to left center for her second home run of the season.
Tennessee's lead grew to 7-0 in the bottom of the third when Lexi Overstreet connected for an RBI single to right field, plating Davin, who opened the inning with a leadoff double to right center. Three batters later, Dotson ripped a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right field for a two-run homer, pushing UT's lead to 9-0.