May 4, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. --Lauren Gibson hit a three-run homer, Raven Chavanne went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, Ivy Renfroe and Ellen Renfroe combined for five strong innings and No. 2 Tennessee roared back in Game 2 late Saturday night with a 10-1, five-inning victory over No. 11 Missouri.
Tennessee (43-8, 16-5 SEC) and Missouri (32-10, 14-8 SEC), were notified that they would have to play a Game 2 just an hour and a half prior the first pitch of the 7:30 p.m. ET Game 1. The second game did not start until after 9 p.m. with temperatures in the 40s.
The Lady Vols took command of the game with a three-run third and followed that with three more runs in the fourth and four in the fifth. The Tigers scored their lone run in the bottom of the second.
Chavanne tallied four hits for the second time this season, scored three runs and had a two-run blast in the fifth that put the game out of Mizzou's reach. Gibson's third-inning three-run blast gave UT the lead and set the tone for the rest of the game. That home run was the 16th on the season for Gibson, tying the single-season school record set by Tonya Callahan in 2008 and tied by Jessica Spigner in 2011. Melissa Brown went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs. Madison Shipman drove in two runs and rookie Lexi Overstreet hit the first home run of her career to open the fourth.
Ivy Renfroe (17-3) earned the win after starting and tossing 2.2 strong innings with one run allowed. Ellen Renfroe struck out two over 2.1 relief frames.
Nicole Hudson (9-5) took the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) over four innings. Lindsey Muller allowed four earned runs in one relief inning.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. With one out and Corrin Genovese on first and Mackenzie Sykes on third, Genovese stole second and Sykes crossed home plate on the throw.
Tennessee refused to have a repeat of its offensive struggles in Game 1. In the top of the third, Brown was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Raven Chavanne followed with a bunt single to the circle, giving UT two runners on. Gibson followed with a towering three-run home run to left center to give UT the 3-1 edge.
The UT run parade continued in the top of the fourth. Overstreet sent a 2-1 pitch from Hudson over the wall in left center for a leadoff home run. With two outs, Chavanne legged out a single to second base and Gibson drew a five-pitch walk. Shipman came through with a two-RBI single to short, pushing Tennessee's lead to 6-1.
In the top of the fifth, Rainey Gaffin drew a leadoff walk off and Hannah Akamine ripped a single to left field, giving the Lady Vols runners on the corners with two outs. Brown followed with a two-RBI double to right center. Chavanne stepped in and sent an 0-1 pitch from Muller over the wall in right center for a two-run blast, putting the run rule into effect.
Tennessee and Missouri will close out their regular season schedules on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. A UT win would clinch the SEC regular season title for the Lady Vols.
Sunday's game will feature a live video broadcast on MUTigers.com for a fee along with free live statistics. There will also be a free live audio broadcast of the game on UTSports.com and WNML 990 AM with Brian Rice on the call. Fans can also follow the action with the interactive live blog on UTSports.com.