June 2, 2013
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.