April 18, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- A seventh-inning, two-run home run by Mississippi State's Sam Lenahan boosted the Bulldogs to a 2-0 win over No. 4 Tennessee Friday night at Lee Stadium.
Tennessee (35-7, 11-5 SEC) fell to Mississippi State for the first time since 2011. The loss was UT's first Friday loss since falling to Arkansas, 2-1, on April 26, 2013.
Mississippi State (34-14, 6-10 SEC) gets its fourth-straight win -- three of which came against ranked opponents. The Bulldogs took two out of three against then-No. 2 Alabama last weekend. Ellen Renfroe (23-4) allowed four hits and struck out eight over seven innings in the loss. Renfroe had a no-hitter going through six innings.
Alexis Silkwood (11-5) earns the win for the Bulldogs, allowing three hits and striking out 11 over seven innings.
Annie Aldrete's impressive 20-game streak of reaching base came to an end in the loss.
The Lady Vols left seven runners on base and the Bulldogs stranded four runners.
All four of Mississippi State's hits came in the seventh inning, highlighted by the two-run homer by Lenahan.
Tennessee had a chance to post the first run of the game in the second inning. Geer led off the inning and advanced to second after Taylor Koenig was hit by a pitch with two outs. The Lady Vols, were unable to knock in the run.
The Big Orange had another scoring opportunity in the fifth inning. With two outs, Davin singled down the third base line. Shipman walked following Davin's hit but Silkwood struck out Annie Aldrete to get out of the jam.
Caroline Seitz broke up Renfroe's no-hitter in the top of the seventh with a leadoff single through the left side. Following the single, Sam Lenahan hit a two-run home run off the scoreboard to help the Bulldogs take a 2-0 lead.
The series between Mississippi State and Tennessee will continue Saturday at 2 p.m. ET at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. UTSports.com will feature free live video and WNML 990 AM will carry the live audio broadcast with Brian Rice on the call. UTSports.com will also have live stats and a live blog.