March 13, 2012
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Big Orange sophomore shortstop Madison Shipman knocked in a career-high-tying four runs and senior pinch hitter Cat Hosfield blasted her first collegiate HR as the #9 Tennessee Lady Vol softball team (17-5) completed a doubleheader sweep of Georgia Southern (13-9) on Tuesday at the Lee Softball Stadium by recording a commanding 9-0 (5 inn.) triumph.
Shipman was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and four RBIs, while junior third baseman Raven Chavanne went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Junior right fielder Kat Dotson recorded a perfect 2-for-2 effort at the dish with a walk and a tally, freshman designated player Cheyanne Tarango was 1-for-1 with an RBI, junior second baseman Lauren Gibson was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and Hosfield was a perfect 1-for-1 in pinch-hitting duty with her first collegiate HR via a three-run blast during UT's seven-run third inning.
In the circle junior Ivy Renfroe picked up her fifth victory of the campaign, allowing just three hits, walking two and striking out eight Eagle hitters in a complete game.
After each team left a runner stranded in the opening frame, Georgia Southern posted a threat against Renfroe in the top of the second. Third baseman Andrea Tarashuk started the inning with a walk and was soon joined on the base paths via a one-out free pass by teammate Kourtny Thomas. The pair of base runners didn't seem to faze UT's 6-0 right-hander as she ended the potential scoring chance with consecutive strikeouts of first baseman Tabby Douberley and right fielder Kaitlyn Johnson.
GSU starter Allie Miles walked Tarango beginning the bottom of the sixth and watched the Anaheim Hills, Calif., native advance to third on a groundout and a fly ball to right. Unfortunately, she was left just 60 feet from pay dirt as a chopper to first ended the frame with no scoring.
With Renfroe settling in from the circle, having struck out four consecutive batters over the second and third frames, the Tennessee offense struck like lightning in the bottom of the third by putting up seven runs on five hits. With one retired in the frame, Chavanne and Dotson got the outburst underway with consecutive infield singles. Gibson ripped a shot that ricocheted off first baseman Douberley and then off the UT runner between first and second. A brief umpire conference decided that the play would count as a base knock for Gibson, packing the bags full of Lady Vols. That set the stage for Shipman as the Valencia, Calif., product blasted a three-RBI double to clear the base paths and grant the Big Orange a 3-0 advantage. Later in the frame following a Tarango walk, a throwing miscue on the Georgia Southern infield allowed Burchell to reach safely and Shipman to cross on the error all the way from second to make it 4-0. Pinch hitting with a pair of runners aboard, Hosfield stepped into the batter's box and crushed her first collegiate HR out of Lee Stadium as the advantage expanded to a commanding seven tallies.
Following a wasted two-out double for the Eagles in the top of the fourth, UT added two more runs to its total in the bottom half. Chavanne and Dotson again got things rolling with consecutive infield singles starting the frame. Shipman soon followed with an RBI single, and then Tarango blasted an RBI double, setting the final offense total at 9-0
Despite a lead-off single back through the middle of the infield by Douberley to begin the top of the fifth, Georgia Southern went relatively quietly in its last opportunity to avoid the run-rule. Johnson became Renfroe's eight K victim of the contest, left fielder Alexa Lewis flied out to center and second baseman Hanna Ennis popped up to first, finishing Tennessee's 17th victory of 2012.