May. 1, 2005
OXFORD, Miss. - For the first time in a Lady Vol Southeastern Conference game since March 15, the 11th-ranked University of Tennessee softball team (53-11, 17-8 SEC) earned a run-rule victory, topping Ole Miss (27-28, 7-20 SEC) on Sunday, 9-0 in five innings. The last such occurrence for the Orange and White came in both games of a doubleheader at South Carolina, 9-1 in six innings and 12-0 in five innings. The Big Orange tallied 11 hits in today's contest, marking the sixth double-digit hit total for the UT offense in its last 11 contests.
Single tallies in the first, second and third innings gave UT a 3-0 advantage. On the first pitch of the contest, sophomore shortstop Lindsay Schutzler lined a shot down the left field line for a double. Junior centerfielder Sarah Fekete followed with a single to left, advancing Schutzler to third. Junior third baseman Krist Durant drove in Schutzler with a single to left center.
With one out in the second, freshman second baseman Kenora Posey beat out an infield hit to shortstop and advanced to second on a bunt single executed by sophomore right fielder India Chiles. The Rebel shortstop, Erin Faircloth, committed an error to allow Schutzler to reach and load the bases. Fekete earned an RBI with a fielder's choice groundout.
In the Lady Vol third, freshman first baseman Tonya Callahan hit her team-leading eighth homer of the season, blasting the ball over the left field fence.
Six more runs in the fourth supplied UT with a 9-0 lead. After the first Lady
Vol was retired, Chiles was hit by a pitch and Schutzler drove her in with a
triple to the right-center fence. With two outs, the floodgates opened. Durant
singled to left center to plate Schutzler. Freshman catcher Shannon Doepking
singled up the middle just off the diving second baseman's glove, moving
Durant up 60 feet to second.
A bobble by Rebel third baseman Rebecca McIntire on a grounder hit by Callahan continued the rally and loaded the bases. Junior leftfielder Katherine Card then put three more tallies on the board to give the Big Orange an 8-0 advantage by tripling to the right-center gap, scoring Durant, Doepking and Callahan. Freshman designated player Natalie Brock completed the scoring with an infield single, driving in Card.
In the contest, the Lady Vols had a number of offensive stars. Schtuzler (2-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs and a RBI), Durant (2-for-3 with a run and two RBI), Callahan (1-for-3 with two runs, a RBI and her eighth homer of the season) and Card (1-for-3 with a triple, run scored and three RBI) led the way.
In the circle, sophomore pitcher Monica Abbott tossed her 22nd shutout of the season, three away from tying the school record of 25. That mark was set by Jackie Beavers from 1996-97 and 99-2000).
The Lady Vols wrap up the regular season with a three-game set at LSU next weekend. The squads will play a 1 p.m. CDT doubleheader on Saturday and a single contest at 1 p.m. CDT on Sunday.