April 19, 2005
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - The Lady Vol softball team completed a doubleheader sweep of Austin Peay on Tuesday afternoon with a 5-1 victory in the nightcap. The Big Orange (47-9) topped the Lady Govs (14-27), 4-0, in the opener.
The Big Orange took an early 1-0 advantage in its half of the first. The initial two batters of the game, sophomore shortstop Lindsay Schutzler and sophomore leftfielder India Chiles, reached on infield hits and junior third baseman Kristi Durant sacrificed them over to second and third. Junior second baseman Katherine Card contributed the third infield hit of the inning to drive in Schutzler.
In the fourth, Tennessee extended its lead. With one out, sophomore catcher Brittany Bessho reached on an infield hit and her pinch runner, freshman Caitlin Ryan, advanced to second on junior right fielder Stacey Jennings' single to left. Junior centerfielder Sarah Fekete then beat out a bunt for her first hit since breaking her jaw in a 10-0 win at Virginia on March 24. She played her first action since that contest in UT's 4-0 win in game one of today's doubleheader, going 0-for-1 in that game. Schutzler earned an RBI on a fielder's choice to double UT's advantage to 2-0.
Tennessee plated its third run of the contest in the fifth. Durant led off and reached on a throwing error by the Lady Gov shortstop. Freshman Kenora Posey pinch ran for her and stole second. After two outs were recorded by the Lady Govs, freshman catcher Shannon Doepking singled down the left field line to score Posey.
Tennessee then added to its lead with two more tallies in the sixth frame. Jennings led off with a bunt single and Fekete followed with an infield hit of her own. Jennings scored from second on a single to center by Schutzler. With one out, Durant singled to center, scoring Fekete and giving UT a 5-0 advantage.
Austin Peay scored its first run of the day in the bottom of the sixth on a single, advancement to second on an infield ground out, 60 feet gained on a wild pitch and another infield ground out.
The Lady Vols tallied 14 base knocks in the contest, the most hits Tennessee has recorded since March 22, when UT tallied 14 in a 12-0 five-inning victory at Liberty in the second game of a doubleheader. Jennings led the way, hitting 3-for-4 and scoring a run. Contributing two hits were Schutzler (2-for-4 with a run and two RBI), Chiles (2-for-3), Doepking (2-for-4 with a RBI) and Fekete (2-for-3 with a run scored).
In the circle, freshman hurler Megan Rhodes (11-4) tossed five sterling innings, allowing one run on three hits. Abbott came on in the sixth and threw two scoreless innings.
"We got to play a lot of kids today and it was a good doubleheader for our team at this point in the season," Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly said.
"Stacey Jennings was on fire and played one of the best doubleheaders I've ever seen her play, offensively (6-for-7 with three runs scored) and defensively. Megan Rhodes threw real well in both games (seven innings, three hits, one run) and I thought Lindsay Schutzler (4-for-7, one run and two RBI) was outstanding both on offense and defense.
"It was really good to get Sarah (Fekete) back, although she has a ways to go at this point. She's a gutsy player and wants to get back in. We just have to make certain we bring her back slowly."
The Lady Vols now return home for its final five home games of the season, taking on No. 12 Georgia. The Saturday doubleheader will be broadcast live on CSS and starts at 1 p.m. The squads will play a single contest at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tennessee ends its regular-season home schedule with a doubleheader versus Marshall at 2 p.m. on April 27.