In the teams' first meeting since 2009, Tennesse scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Washington 1-0 Saturday and advance in the winners' bracket. Tennessee improved to 51-10 on the year, while Washington fell to 44-16. The Lady Vols now hold a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series against the Huskies.
Tennessee junior outfielder Tory Lewis drove in the game's lone run with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh that plated pinch runner Whitney Hammond. Lewis, hitting in the No. 9 spot, was 3-for-4 on the day at the plate. The three hits marked a season high and tied a career high. She is 4-for-6 in two WCWS games after hitting .297 prior to this week.
With her 10 strikeouts today, Tennessee junior pitcher Ellen Renfroe registered her fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season. She improved to 19-4 on the year after giving up just two hits without a walk in the complete-game effort.
Tennessee senior Raven Chavanne, who entered the day ranked eighth nationally with her .461 season batting average, singled in the first inning to extend her streak of reaching base to 11 games. She finished the game 1-for-4 at the plate and is 2-for-9 in this year's WCWS.
Washington senior pitcher Kaitlin Inglesby fell to 23-8 on the season after giving up nine hits and six walks in 6.2 innings of work. Inglesby recorded three strikeouts on the day, with each of the three ending an inning (two came with the bases loaded).
Washington outfielder Victoria Hayward was thrown out attempting to steal second base in the first inning. It was just the fourth time in 49 career attempts that the junior was caught stealing.
Ten Tennessee batters reached base in the first four innings via hit (five), walk (four) or hit-by-pitch (one), but none scored. The Lady Vols stranded 15 runners in the game.
Tennessee advances to Sunday action and will play at 6 p.m. CT against the winner of Game 9. Washington will play a Sunday elimination game at 2:30 p.m. against the Arizona State/Michigan winner.