March 15, 2005
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Completing a dominating doubleheader sweep with a 12-0 victory (5 inn.) over South Carolina, the fourth-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols improved their school-record start to 31-4 and sit at 4-1 in Southeastern Conference play. South Carolina (20-12, 5-3 SEC) was only able to manage one hit on freshman pitcher Megan Rhodes (W, 8-3, 5 IP, 0 H, 7 K).
"This was a great win for us," Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly said. "We were just hitting on all cylinders tonight and the kids played really well in every aspect of the game. South Carolina showed its strength by winning two of three from LSU and is a very good team.
"Katherine Card and Kristi Durant both had exceptional days at the plate and the defense was errorless all day. It was great for Megan Rhodes to get back on track against a good team on the road. She pitched very well."
The Lady Vols put up a five-spot in the second to distance themselves from the Gamecocks. Freshman catcher Shannon Doepking powered a homer down the left field line to lead off the frame. Freshman first baseman Tonya Callahan followed with a single to right center. Following a fielder's choice, junior right fielder Stacey Jennings hit an RBI double to left center and a walk and run-scoring error followed, giving Tennessee a 3-0 advantage. Junior third baseman Kristi Durant plated the final two runs of the inning with a two-run single to center for a 5-0 score.
Tennessee then added two more tallies in the fourth. Jennings led off with a single to left and was sacrificed to second by sophomore second baseman Ashley Cline. Sophomore shortstop Lindsay Schutzler then inside-outed a liner to left field, never stopped and her hustle made it a double, moving Jennings one base up to third. After moved the runners up one base on a Durant single, junior leftfielder Katherine Card lined another single, this one off the left field fence to score the second run of the inning and give the Big Orange its 7-0 advantage.
Five more runs in the fifth put the contest out of reach. With the bases loaded and two outs, Durant drove in two with a single and Card hit her second home run of the day over the left-center field fence. Card had also powered a homer in the first game of the day.
The No. 4 Tennessee Lady Vols conclude the SEC series with a single game on Wednesday, beginning at 4 p.m. Check into utladyvols.com for live stats or call the Lady Vol Hotline at 865-974-8700 (#6) for voicemail updates during live game action.