March 9, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Lady Vols slipped past the Georgia Southern Eagles in the first of two games on Sunday in the Tennessee Tournament at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
Tennessee (20-2) scored one run in the third and another in the fifth to top the Eagles (16-6).
Senior Madison Shipman led the Lady Vol offense, going 2-for-3 at the plate and run scored. Melissa Davin and Hannah Akamine each batted in a run for the Big Orange on two sacrifice fly-outs and Alley Perkins scored one run.
Ellen Renfroe (12-0) pitched her eleventh complete game and her seventh shutout, striking out six batters in the win.
Sarah Purvis (8-3) took the loss for the Eagles, allowing two runs on two hits in six innings.
The Lady Vols had a great opportunity in the second inning with the bases loaded but were unable to bring any runs across. Akamine got on base after getting hit by a pitch, advancing to second on an illegal pitch. Lexi Overstreet and Haley Tobler both walked to load the bases for Megan Geer, who struck out looking.
Tennessee finally got on the board in the next at-bat. Annie Aldrete walked to lead off the inning. Alley Perkins entered as a pinch runner and a double by Madison Shipman advanced Perkins to third to bring up Davin, who sent a sacrifice fly deep to center field to score Perkins to take the lead 1-0.
UT added a final run in the bottom of the fifth. Shipman singled and stole second, followed by a walk drawn by Davin. The next batter, Cheyenne Tarango, reached on a fielder's choice to advance the runners and load the bases. Akamine then hit a sacrifice fly of her own to score Shipman, giving the Lady Vols a 2-0 lead.
Georgia Southern managed to put three runners on base in the top of the sixth after two singles and a walk, but the Lady Vols were able to fend off the threat and get out of the jam unharmed.
Tennessee will host College of Charleston in the second game of the day at 4:30 p.m. at Lee Stadium.