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Postgame Notes: Tennessee 2, Texas 1

June 2, 2013

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• In the 11th game of the 2013 Women's College World Series, No. 7 NCAA Tournament seed Tennessee (52-10) posted a 2-1 win over No. 4 seed Texas (51-10) to eliminate the Longhorns.

• With the win in their fifth-ever semifinals appearance, the Lady Volunteers moved to 3-0 in this year's WCWS and secured a spot in the championship series for the second time (lost in three games to Arizona in 2007). Tennessee is now 15-10 all-time in the WCWS.

• Tonight's contest marked the fourth time Texas and Tennessee have met. The Tennessee win tied the all-time series at 2-2. The 2010 matchup featured the same starting pitchers, Texas' Blaire Luna and Tennessee's Ivy Renfroe, who were freshmen at the time. The latest meeting came in 2012, a 3-2 Texas win.

• Texas finished 2-2 in this year's WCWS and is now 7-10 all-time in the event.

• Tennessee improved to 31-0 this season when leading after six innings.

• Tennessee senior Lauren Gibson belted a two-out solo home run in the first inning for the game's first run. It was Gibson's team-high 19th home runs this season. She hit her first collegiate home run off Luna in the 2010 meeting between the teams.

• The Lady Vols took a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning when pinch hitter Lexi Overstreet drew a two-out bases-loaded walk.

• Texas freshman Lindsey Stephens cut Tennessee's lead to 2-1 by hitting her first career home run over the center field fence. Prior to this season, Texas had four home runs in its WCWS history. This year, the Longhorns hit three.

• Tennessee starting pitcher Ivy Renfroe improved to 22-4 on the season after pitching 4.2 scoreless innings. The senior allowed two hits and two walks while striking out six.

• Junior pitcher Ellen Renfroe picked up third save of the year. She pitched the final 2.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits and striking out one.

• Texas senior pitcher Blaire Luna (32-7) pitched a complete game, allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits and two runs while walking eight batters and striking out 12. Earlier in the day, Luna tossed a complete-game shutout in a 3-0 victory over Florida. She threw 288 pitches on the day. The game against Tennessee represented Luna's 25th double-digit strikeout performance of the season and the third of the 2013 WCWS.

• Tennessee will meet Oklahoma or Washington in the Championship Series.

 

 

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