April 24, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The wind continued blowing out at a 20 mile/hour clip on Sunday afternoon as the University of Tennessee softball team (48-11, 14-8 Southeastern Conference) concluded its three-game SEC softball series with conference-leading Georgia (45-11, 24-3 SEC) on Sunday. Both teams would record double-digit hit totals (UT with 13, UGA with 11), the first such occurrence in a Lady Vol game this season. UT has now attained double-digit hits in four of the past six contests after going 12 straight games without reaching the 10-hit mark.
"Georgia is a great team, hit the ball hard and deserved the win," Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly said. "We did not play as well as we're capable of playing and dropped two routine fly balls which led directly to six runs. Those errors coupled with a failure to cash in on RBI opportunities early in the game were key.
After both sides went hitless the first two innings, Georgia struck for the first run with a blast over the left-center fence by Courtney Knight, the leadoff batter in the third inning.
The Orange and White threatened to tie the contest in the fourth. Sophomore shortstop Lindsay Schutzler singled to left to start the frame and junior centerfielder Sarah Fekete reached on a bunt single. After a fielder's choice in which Schutzler was out at third, freshman first baseman Tonya Callahan singled to left and Fekete was tagged out at the plate attempting to score from second. A fielder's choice ended the Lady Vol threat.
Georgia then tallied six runs in the fifth and took a 7-0 advantage on the
strength of two singles, a RBI double, a two-run error, a RBI single and a
In the Lady Vol half of the fifth, UT got one run closer at 7-1 with a pair of two-out hits: a single to left by sophomore designated player India Chiles and double to the center field fence by sophomore shortstop Lindsay Schutzler.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 8-1 with a single tally in the sixth on a two-out double and RBI single.
Tennessee responded with a towering two-run shot by Callahan which just carried over the fence a couple feet to the right of the left field foul pole. Durant singled up the middle prior to the homer.
A single run in the seventh completed Georgia's run tally at nine before UT, now down 9-3, attempted a dramatic comeback in its half of the seventh. With one out and Schutzler on second as a result of a single to center and sacrifice by Fekete, Durant singled in Schutzler, Callahan contributed a base knock and Card reached on an infield hit to load the bases. After freshman catcher Shannon Doepking singled in Callahan and Durant to cut the lead to 9-6, Card was nailed at third on a peg from Bulldog centerfielder Victoria Sanders.
In the game, Schutzler (3-for-4 with a run and RBI) and Callahan (3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI) led the offensive attack. Durant (2-for-4 with a run and RBI) and Card (2-for-2) also had multiple-hit games for the Lady Vols. Card's was her first since accounting for two hits against Mississippi State on March 19, an 8-4 UT win.
The Lady Vols will play host to their final two regularly-scheduled home games on Wednesday, playing Marshall (28-15, 13-3 Mid-American Conference) in a 2 p.m. doubleheader. UT returns to SEC play with a three-game set at Ole Miss (26-25, 6-17 SEC) next weekend.