June 5, 2005
NCAA WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
June 2-8, 2005
Don E. Porter ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Game 10: Tennessee 4, Alabama 0
- Tennessee advances to the WCWS semifinals against Michigan at 7 p.m. Sunday. Alabama is eliminated from the World Series and now owns a 2-6 record in its three appearances. The Tide finished the season with an overall mark of 63-15.
- With the win, Tennessee claimed its 66th victory, which is tied for the third most in NCAA Division I history with the 2000 Alabama and Arizona squads. Illinois-Chicago (1999) and Arizona (1998) share the lead for most victories with 67. It also marked the squad's 50th shutout which extends the NCAA single-season record already set by the Lady Vols this season.
- The Lady Vols' win ensures that a team from the Eastern time zone will make it to the WCWS Championship for the first time in history. Tennessee, making its first appearance in the WCWS, will have to beat Michigan twice to advance to the title game. Not since 2001 has an first-time WCWS team advanced to the semifinals (Stanford Cardinal lost to Arizona in the semis).
- Today's meeting between Alabama and Tennessee was the teams' sixth of the year (Tennessee won four of the six). Alabama now leads the overall series 19-10.
- This year marked the first time in the history of the WCWS that two SEC teams qualified for the World Series. With Tennessee winning, it became just the third time in WCWS history an SEC school has advanced to the semifinals and the first time that an SEC school besides Louisiana State has done it.
- UT sophomore pitcher Monica Abbott moved into second place in the NCAA record books for strikeouts in a season with 590 (Courtney Blades of Southern Miss owns the record with 663 in 2000). She moved past her own second-place record of 582 set her freshman season. Texas' Cat Osterman trails Abbott by just three strikeouts this season.
- Tennessee shortstop Lindsay Schutzler broke the SEC single-season hit record (105) with an RBI single in the bottom of the second. On the next play, she was caught stealing for the first time since April 16 (she had 10 consecutive stolen bases prior to today).
- Lady Vols third baseman Kristi Durant tied the school record for RBIs in a season (77) set by Bridget Jackson in 1996. Durant executed a suicide squeeze in the bottom of the first to score Lindsay Schutzler to put Tennessee on the board.
- Alabama senior Ashley Courtney moved into second on Alabama's career games played list with 274. Fellow senior teammate Jackie Wilkins holds the record with 277.
- Alabama junior Staci Ramsey moved into sole possession of 10th on the Alabama all-time hit list with 171.
- With its nine hits today, Tennessee tied Alabama for most hits in a 2005 WCWS game. Alabama had nine against DePaul in a 12-inning elimination game that ended earlier today. Iowa holds the WCWS record for hits in a game with 17 (1995).