March 6, 2005

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. - Tennessee's hot hitting continued into Sunday as the No. 5 Lady Vols ripped nine hits in routing the Longwood Lancers, 8-0 (5 inn.), in round of eight action at the Charleston Southern Tournament in Summerville, S.C. Sophomore hurler Monica Abbott (3 IP, 1 H, 7K) picked up her 13th victory of the season with three solid innings of work and junior rightfielder/pitcher Stacey Jennings (2 IP, 0 H, 2K) provided two frames of relief by combining on the one-hitter. Sophomore shortstop Lindsay Schutzler and junior third baseman Kristi Durant each registered two hits and an RBI in the victory.

Longwood posted a scoring opportunity in the top of the first against Abbott after a one out double by Longwood centerfielder Caitlin Hooe placed a runner at second base. However, the Salinas, Calif., native struck out two of her game-high seven Lancer hitters to neutralize the threat.

Once again the Orange & White took the initiative by jumping on an opponent right from the outset by plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Schutzler ignited the outburst with a single deep into the hole at short and scored just one batter later when junior centerfielder Sarah Fekete drilled a shot to center for a 1-0 lead. The hustling Fekete ended up at third as a result of the throw home on the play. Durant immediately cashed in another tally for the Lady Vols by plating Fekete with a base knock up the middle to give Tennessee a 2-0 advantage.

The Big Orange added three more runs to its lead in the bottom half of the second frame as Schutzler singled home a run and Jennings hustled home from second for a 4-0 lead as the throw on the play got past Longwood catcher Pepper Wilson at home plate. A throwing error cost the Lancers another run on a Fekete groundout as a bad toss to third base went sailing down the left field line to score Schutzler with UT's fifth tally.

In the bottom of the third, sophomore catcher Brittany Bessho led off the inning with a double to right field and was plated by a base hit from junior utility player Katherine Card. Freshman pinch hitter Kortney Bell closed out the scoring with a one-out, two-RBI single up the middle to grant UT an 8-0 lead.

The No. 5 Lady Vols will continue bracket play at the Charleston Southern Tournament on Sun., Mar. 6, at approximately 1 p.m. ET against College of Charleston in semifinal action. Check into or call the Lady Vol Hotline at 865-974-8700 (#6) for updates and postgame stories.





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