March 22, 2005
LYNCHBURG, Va. - The fifth-ranked Lady Vols defeated Liberty, 8-1, in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. Junior Stacey Jennings earned the win, while the top three of the batting order went a spectacular 9-for-10, scored seven runs and drove in seven. With the victory, the Lady Vols improve to 35-4, while the Lady Flames fall to 8-14.
Offensive stars for the Lady Vols included shortstop Lindsay Schutzler (2-for-3, three runs, one RBI), junior centerfielder Sarah Fekete (3-for-3, two runs, one sacrifice hit) and third baseman Kristi Durant (4-for-4, two home runs, six RBI) at the top of the order. Also contributing two hits each were first baseman Tonya Callahan (2-for-4, one RBI) and sophomore outfielder India Chiles (2-for-4, one run scored).
In the circle, sophomore pitcher Monica Abbott threw the first three innings, allowing one hit and striking out seven, all in a row. Jennings followed that up with an impressive four innings thrown, allowing one run on four hits.
The Lady Vols struck first with a single tally in the initial inning. After junior centerfielder Sarah Fekete bunted for a single, she stole second and scored on a single to left center from Durant. Tennessee then added three more tallies in both the third and fourth innings to take a 7-0 advantage.
In the third, Chiles led off with an infield hit and stole second before Schutzler drove her in with a double to center field. After Fekete moved Schutzler to third with a bunt, Durant blasted a two-run homer over the right-center field fence.
The Lady Vol half of the fourth saw Durant hit another home run to drive in three more for a 7-0 Big Orange lead. The blast was the junior's sixth of the season, tying her for the team lead with Katherine Card. Getting on base in front of Durant were Schutzler (walk) and Fekete (single).
The Lady Flames rallied with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Catcher Ashley Williams singled to right center, designated player Claier Fridey walked and first baseman Tiffany Johnson doubled to left center, driving in Williams to cut the Lady Vol advantage to 7-1.
A single Lady Vol run in the sixth increased Tennessee's lead to 8-1. Schutzler led off with a liner that Liberty shortstop Jessica Moore trapped and couldn't get a throw off to first in time. She stole second, remained there on an infield single by Fekete and was driven in by a Durant base hit to center.
The Lady Vols play at Liberty in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader before facing Virginia in a single contest at 3 p.m. on Thursday.