April 27, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The 11th-ranked University of Tennessee softball team (49-11) topped the Marshall Thundering Herd (30-16) by a 3-0 score in game one of a Wednesday doubleheader. Sophomore pitcher Monica Abbott tossed a two-hitter and struck out 15, which tied for the eighth-highest strikeout total in her career. She would retire 12 in a row at one point in recording the 54th 10+ strikeout performance of her career.
Both teams went hitless the first 2-1/2 innings before the Lady Vols struck for a three-spot in their half of the third. Sophomore designated player India Chiles led off with an infield hit, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. She was driven in by sophomore shortstop Lindsay Schutzler, who singled to left. Junior centerfielder Sarah Fekete would follow by reaching on a fielding and a throwing error by Marshall third baseman Leigh Wintter, Schutzler scoring on the play to give UT a 2-0 advantage. The third tally crossed the plate when junior rightfielder Stacey Jennings singled to left to drive in Fekete.
The teams then would return to their pitching prowess as neither team could contribute a hit tally to the scoreboard for the next 2-1/2 innings until freshman pinch hitter Natalie Brock singled to right with one out in the Lady Vol sixth.
In the Marshall seventh, Abbott struck out the first hitter before Thundering
Herd catcher Rachel Folden ended the bid for her fifth no-hitter on the season
and ninth of her career with a double off the center field fence. After
Wintter singled to left, advancing Folden to third, Abbott struck out the 14th
and 15th batters of the contest to improve her record to 35-7.
Tennessee has now won three-of-four meetings all-time with the Thundering Herd, including two straight.
"I thought Stacey Jennings led us with a lot of energy and intensity," Co-Head Coach Karen Weekly said. "We failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities and we need to continue to work on that as the season progresses.
After concluding their doubleheader with Marshall, the Lady Vols return to Southeastern Conference play with a three-game series at Ole Miss. A Saturday doubleheader begins at 3 p.m. CDT and a single contest starts at 1 p.m. CDT on Sunday.