March 23, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Melissa Davin hit a two-RBI double to spark a five-run third inning for No. 3 Tennessee and the Lady Vols swept their season series against South Carolina with a 6-5 win on Sunday.
Tennessee (28-3, 5-1 SEC) scored five runs in the fifth and one in the fourth. South Carolina (17-12, 2-7) scored two in the first, one in the fourth and two in the sixth. The game was nationally televised on ESPNU and the first of UT's six televised games this season.
Ellen Renfroe (18-0) struck out five and allowed five runs over seven frames to earn the win. The win marked her 15th complete game of the season.
Julie Sarratt started and took the loss for South Carolina, falling to 7-7. Sarratt allowed five runs over 2.2 innings. Nickie Blue allowed one run over 3.1 innings in relief.
South Carolina took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Lauren Masters hit a two-out, two-RBI bloop single to shallow left field, plating Alaynie Page and Kaylea Snaer.
Tennessee's offense ignited in the bottom of the third as UT scored five runs to take a 5-2 lead. With one out, Melissa Davin knocked a two-RBI single down the left field line to plate Megan Geer and Haley Tobler and knot the game at 2-2. With the bases loaded two batters later, Cheyanne Tarango was hit by a pitch, scoring Madison Shipman and giving the Lady Vols a 3-2 lead. Two batters later, Hannah Akamine drew a bases-loaded walk, plating Davin. Shaliyah Geathers followed with an RBI single to right field, pushing the Tennessee advantage to 5-2.
The Gamecocks answered with one run in the top of the fourth. With two on and two outs, Ashlyn Masters ripped an RBI double past a diving Shipman at short.
UT added another run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Lexi Overstreet drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs to plate Shipman from third base. The Lady Vols' lead grew to 6-3.
South Carolina added two more runs in the sixth. Ansley Ard singled down the left field line. After two straight walks by Renfroe, Alaynie Page grounded out to the circle, scoring Ard. The next batter, Codee Yeske, singled and drove in the fifth run to pull the Gamecocks to within 6-5.
Tennessee continues SEC play next weekend when it hosts No. 1 Florida for three games from March 28-30. The game on Friday, March 28, will feature free live video coverage on UTSports.com with Brian Rice on the call. The Saturday and Sunday games will be televised on CSS. All three games will feature a live audio coverage on WNML 990 AM with Brian Rice on the call.