March 5, 2005
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- Tennessee junior Stacey Jennings fired her second career no-hitter, freshman designated player Shannon Doepking led UT with a 4-for-4 effort at the plate and sophomore second baseman Ashley Cline registered a pair of two-RBI doubles as the Lady Vols (18-3) downed Morehead State, 8-0 (6 inn.), in Pool A action at the Charleston Southern Tournament in Summerville, S.C.
"Stacey Jennings pitched an outstanding game today against Morehead State," said Lady Vol Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly. "Her effort was especially important because she hasn't had many outings on the mound due to how valuable she is playing for us in the outfield. Shannon (Doepking) hit really well to carry us offensively while Ashley (Cline) came off the bench and sparked us when we needed it.
The Lady Vols had an opportunity to break out in front in each of the first three innings as UT got the lead off batter on base in every frame but failed to capitalize on the myriad of scoring chances. In the second Tennessee got an inning-opening single by junior utility player Katherine Card. However, attempting to be aggressive on the basepaths, Card was cut down trying to swipe second. The move backfired immediately as Doepking following with a double down the left field line that would have plated UT's initial run of the contest.
In the third inning, the Orange & White put two runners on base with none down as sophomore shortstop Lindsay Schutzler walked and junior centerfielder Sarah Fekete delivered a base knock through the left side of the infield. Unfortunately, a line out by junior third baseman Kristi Durant, a fielder's choice bunt attempt that saw Schutzler get gunned down at home plate and a groundout to second by Card ended the threat.
With Jennings retiring the first 12 batters she faced in the contest, the UT offense began putting runs on the scoreboard in the fourth inning by taking advantage of an MSU error on a steal attempt at third base. Freshman pinch runner LaDonna Oliver successfully swiped the bag as part of a double steal and scored on the play as a solid throw from Morehead State catcher Kacy Walker tipped off the late-covering third baseman's glove and went into left field as Oliver raced home for a 1-0 UT advantage.
Tennessee added four more in the fifth behind Cline's first two-RBI double of the contest, a throwing error by MSU on a routine grounder to short by freshman first baseman Tonya Callahan that plated Cline and an RBI-single by sophomore rightfielder India Chiles.
After Jennings retired three consecutive Morehead State batters in the top of the sixth, the Lady Vols envoked the run-rule in the bottom half of the frame with three more runs. Cline ripped another two-run double, this one down the left field line, and freshman leftfielder Kortney Bell hit into a fielder's choice to plate UT's eighth and final tally of the game.
The no-hitter was the fourth of the campaign for the Lady Vols (Abbott 2, Rhodes) and the first for Jennings since hurling a perfect game against UNLV on Feb. 21, 2003.
The No. 5 Lady Vols will continue Pool A play at the Charleston Southern
Tournament on Sat., Mar. 5, with a match up scheduled against Furman (Noon).
Bracket playoffs will commence this evening at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., and will
continue into Sunday. Check into utladyvols.com or call the Lady Vol Hotline
at 865-974-8700 (#6) for updates and postgame stories.