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#5 UT Softball Drops Knoxville Regional Opener to Miami (OH), 1-0
Ivy Renfroe


Ivy Renfroe

May 18, 2012

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By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director

Ivy Renfroe allowed just one run on two hits with seven strikeouts during a complete-game effort, but it wasn't enough as the #5 Tennessee Lady Vol softball team (46-11) dropped a 1-0 pitcher's duel to the Miami RedHawks (41-18) in front of 1,598 fans on Friday night in NCAA Knoxville Regional action.

The Big Orange now faces an elimination contest against UAB on Sat., May 19, at 4 p.m. ET. Virginia Tech and Miami will begin Saturday's action in a winner's bracket match-up at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Renfroe (19-8) permitted the single tally and both hits during the top of the first inning before finishing off the contest by retiring the last 19 RedHawks she faced. Her counterpart in the circle for MU, Jessica Simpson (32-13), scattered five hits, walked one and struck out six in the shutout.

UT junior third baseman Raven Chavanne (1-for-3), junior right fielder Kat Dotson (1-for-3), sophomore shortstop Madison Shipman (1-for-3, steal), junior first baseman Melissa Brown (1-for-2) and sophomore center fielder Tory Lewis (1-for-2) each registered one of the Tennessee offense's five total hits.

"All the credit goes to Miami," Lady Vol Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly. "They beat us. They just flat beat us. We couldn't answer their pitcher. We couldn't get two hits back-to-back. They jumped on us early and got one run, and that's all they needed. Hats not only off to their players but their pitcher and their coaching staff. But we aren't done yet."

Miami (Ohio) got on the scoreboard immediately in the top of the first, nabbing a quick 1-0 lead on a pair of hits. Right fielder Kirstie Fehrenbach started things off with a perfect slap single over third, and eventually advanced to third on consecutive groundouts. With two down third baseman Daniela Torres lifted a little bloop hit just over the second base bag as Fehrenbach scored from 60 feet away for a one-run advantage.

The Big Orange attempted to answer right back in the bottom of the first, getting two base runners on with one down via a bloop single from Dotson and a walk issued to junior second baseman Lauren Gibson. Shipman hit the first pitch she received from Simpson directly to RedHawk infielder Kristy Arbour. She made a catch right at her shoe tops and quickly doubled the UT runner off second for a deflating inning-ending twin killing.

One-out singles by Lewis in the third and Shipman during the fourth went for naught as Tennessee's offense just couldn't come up with the big hit needed to get on the scoreboard.

Meanwhile, Renfroe was keeping Miami (Ohio) under control from the circle following the eventful opening inning, retiring 19 straight RedHawk batters from the first through the seventh frames.

With the Lee Stadium faithful on their feet in a show of support, Chavanne attempted to give the Lady Vol offense some life by christening the bottom of the sixth with a perfect bunt single. Following a fly out on a blooper from Dotson, Gibson hit a promising drive that was nabbed on the run near the warning track. Shipman then lifted a routine fly ball to Miami's Fehrenbach as UT wasted the lead-off hit.

Facing a last chance in the bottom of the seventh, Brown managed a two-out single to put the tying run on the base paths. Unfortunately, a swinging strikeout, the sixth K of the contest for Simpson, concluded UT's 1-0 defeat.

 

 

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