May 7, 2005
BATON ROUGE, La. - A perfectly-placed squeeze bunt laid down by Lady Vol junior third baseman Kristi Durant scored sophomore designated player India Chiles with the winning run of No. 10 UT's (54-11, 18-8 Southeastern Conference) 1-0 nine-inning victory over LSU (30-19, 12-16 SEC) in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. The Big Orange has now won six straight, while the Tigers saw their three-game winning streak come to an end.
In the top of the ninth, Chiles led off the frame and easily beat out a ground ball to shortstop. Sophomore shortstop Lindsay Schutzler proceeded to sacrifice Chiles to second and pinch hitter Kortney Bell lined a single to left to move Chiles to third. On the second pitch to Durant, she laid down a perfect bunt to the third baseman, scoring Chiles. In the bottom half of the ninth, Leslie Klein reached with one out on an infield hit to shortstop but was stranded there by sophomore pitcher Monica Abbott.
The Lady Vol hurler tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out 10, the 56th time in her career she has recorded a double-digit total in strikeouts. The 6-3 lefty has now thrown 29.1 consecutive scoreless innings. She was nearly matched in the game by Tiger hurler Emily Turner, who took a no-hitter into the eighth and only allowed one run on four hits herself.
"That was one of the best college softball games I've been involved in," Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly said. "Emily Turner was fantastic and Monica Abbott matched her pitch-for-pitch. It was a shame that either team had to lose. India Chiles, Lindsay Schutzler, Kortney Bell and Kristi Durant came up big to score us the one run we needed."
The Lady Vols saw their lone base runner of the contest's first seven innings reach in the first as the second batter of the game, junior centerfielder Sarah Fekete, was able to attain securement of first base after striking out for only the 13th time of the season and reaching after a passed ball was committed on the pitch. Turner however struck out Durant, which turned into a double play when Fekete was thrown out at second attempting to steal on the pitch.
After the next 19 hitters of the game each were retired by Turner and Abbott, Tiger rightfielder Camille Harris reached on an error committed by Schutzler to lead off the fourth. After Abbott struck out the next two Tigers, Harris stole second but was stranded there after Abbott struck out her third hitter of the inning.
With two outs in the LSU fifth, third baseman Lauren Delahoussaye was hit by a pitch and Andrea Smith beat out an infield hit, but Abbott induced a grounder to Schutzler who fielded the ball and raced to third to beat out pinch runner Lauren Uhle in a bang-bang play to end the threat.
The teams went hitless again until, with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Quinlan Dohan lined the ball over Schutzler's head and into left-center field and raced into second, beating the throw. After an intentional walk, the Tigers had runners on first and second with one out. On the first pitch to pinch hitter Killian Roessner, she hit a short pop-up which Abbott used all of her 6-3 frame to grab. Pinch runner Dee Dee Henderson, running for Dohan at second, had raced toward third but when Abbott went to double her up, nobody was covering second until Schutzler raced over from near the second base position to beat Henderson to the bag easily.
With two outs in the Lady Vol eighth, freshman catcher Shannon Doepking broke up Turner's no-hitter with a liner to right center. Junior rightfielder Stacey Jennings then beat out an infield hit and advanced to second on a throwing error on the attempt by Smith, pinch runner LaDonna Oliver advancing to third on the play. Turner however induced a short pop-up to herself which she caught on the third-base line.
That set the stage for the dramatic ninth inning.
The win in Baton Rouge against the Tigers was only the second earned by Tennessee all-time as LSU entered the contest with a 9-1 all-time advantage over UT in games contested here.
The squads will play the second game of the twin-bill before concluding regular-season play with a 1 p.m. CDT contest on Sunday. The Lady Vols have clinched the No. 4 seed for the SEC Tournament, which begins on Thursday in Gainesville, Fla., and will face the fifth-seeded Gators in their opening game. The tourney will have a double-elimination format.