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SOFTBALL CENTRAL: #1 UT at USF Tournament

Feb. 11, 2014

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USF TOURNAMENT
DateOpponentTimeLinks/Results
Fri., Feb. 14#1 Tennessee 5, Pittsburgh 06:15 p.m. ETRecap | Box Score
Fri., Feb. 14#1 Tennessee 10, Binghamton (5)8:30 p.m. ETRecap | Box Score
Sat., Feb. 15#1 Tennessee 3, USF 25:10 p.m. ETRecap | Box Score
Sat., Feb. 15#1 Tennessee (A) vs. Illinois10:40 p.m. ETRecap | Box Score
Sun., Feb. 16#1 Tennessee (H) vs. Wright State11:15 a.m. ETLive Audio | Live Stats

NO. 1 TENNESSEE

  • USA TODAY/NFCA Top 25 Poll (2/11): 1 (19 first-place votes)
  • ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 (2/11): 2 (11 first-place votes)
  • No. 1 Tennessee opened the season with a 4-0 showing in the Eagle Round Robin last week, earning two wins against Northern Colorado before defeating two-time Southern Conference champ Georgia Southern and Oakland.
  • UT leads the SEC with a .376 team batting average enterin this weekend's games.
  • In the 2014 season opener against Northern Colorado on Feb. 7, freshman Megan Geer went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, one run and one stolen base. Geer is the only Tennessee player to start a season with four hits since at least 2001 (records go back to 2001). Geer's four-hit game was just the ninth time since 2003 that a freshman has recorded four hits in a game. She is the sixth Tennessee freshman since 2003 to have a four-hit game. The others were Kristi Durant (2003), Shannon Doepking (2005), Jessica Spigner (2009), Raven Chavanne (four times in 2010) and Kat Dotson (2010).
  • Sophomore Lexi Overstreet hit UT's first home run of the season, belting a two-RBI shot to right center in the fifth inning of the Lady Vols' 8-3 win over Northern Colorado on Feb. 8.
  • Senior pitcher Ellen Renfroe posted a pair of shutouts to start the 2014 season, fanning 15 batters and allowing just three hits over 12 shutouts frames to earn wins over Northern Colorado and Georgia Southern. Renfroe now has 56 complete games, moving past older sister Ivy Renfroe (55) for fifth place on Tennessee's all-time complete-games list. She also has 31 career shutouts, a total that is second only to Monica Abbott's 112.
  • Entering this weekend's games, Geer ranks second in the SEC with a .600 batting average. Taylor Koenig, Cheyanne Tarango and Shaliyah Geathers are each hitting .500 to start the season.
  • Sophomore Haley Tobler made her first career start against Oakland on Feb. 9. She finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
  • Junior Alley Perkins recorded a hit in her first at-bat as a Lady Vol. On Feb. 9 against Oakland, Perkins entered the game as a pinch hitter with two outs in the fifth inning. On a full count, she legged out a single back to the circle.

AT A GLANCE
Series History
#1 Tennessee
(4-0)
VS.

USF Softball Stadium
Tampa, Fla.

Pittsburgh
(3-2)
All-Time: Tennessee, 1-0
Series History:
3/2/01 UT W, 5-2
Friday, Feb. 14
#1 UT 5, Pitt 0
Notes
WP - Ellen Renfroe (3-0)
LP - Savannah King (2-3)
Tennessee plays at USF Softball Stadium for the second-straight year. In 2013, UT went 5-0 in the USF Softball Classic with two wins over NC State, two wins over Coastal Carolina and one win over then-No. 12 USF. The Lady Vols outscored their opponents, 44-5.

SCOUTING THE PANTHERS

  • Pitt opened its 2014 season in California, going 3-2 with two wins at CSU Bakersfield and one win against Loyola Marymount. The Panthers lost at Cal State Fullerton, 7-4, on Feb. 8 and fell to No. 2 Oklahoma, 2-1, on Feb. 9.
  • Ashlee Sills leads the team with a .444 batting average, going 4-for-9. Jordan Fannin is batting .400 (6-for-15). Maggie Sevilla (.375 BA, two HRs, seven RBIs), Carissa Throckmorton (.333 BA, two doubles, one triple, one homer, two RBIs) and Carly Thea (.286 BA, two HRs, six RBIs) have been Pitt's primary run producers.
  • Savannah King is Pitt's top pitcher. She is 2-2 with a 2.47 ERA and 14 strikeouts over 22.2 innings so far this season.
  • Last season, Pitt went 19-29 and 8-14 in the BIG EAST. The Panthers return eight starters and 14 letterwinners from last year.
  • All-time Series: UT leads, 1-0
  • March 2, 2001: Tennessee 5, Pittsburgh 2
      Tennessee and Pittsburgh have played each other just once before. On March 2, 2001, UT took a 5-2 win over Pitt in Statesboro, Ga. Janettte Koshell had a double and three RBIs and Melissa Radley went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Nicole Borg earned the win after striking out three and allowing two earned runs over seven frames.

AT A GLANCE
Series History
#1 Tennessee
(4-0)
VS.

USF Softball Stadium
Tampa, Fla.

Binghamton
2013 Record: 16-30-1
All-Time: Teams have never played
Series History:

Friday, Feb. 14
#1 UT 10, Binghamton 0 (5)
Notes
WP - Erin Gabriel (1-0)
LP - Wiesinger (0-1)

SCOUTING THE BEARCATS

  • Binghamton went 30-17 in 2013 and the Bearcats return their top four hitters from last year in Jessica Bump (.349 BA, 10 HRs, 11 2Bs, 36 RBIs, 16 SBs), Lisa Cadogan (.333 BA, eight HRs, 13 2Bs, 38 RBIs), Sydney Harbaugh (.319 BA, two doubles, nine RBIs, 28 SBs) and Taylor Chaffee (.291 BA, nine HRs, 12 2Bs, 34 RBIs).
  • Binghamton brings back its ace from last season in Demi Laney. Laney went 15-8 with a 2.52 ERA and 171 strikeouts over 164.0 innings pitched.
  • All-time Series: UT and Binghamton will play each other for the first time on Friday.

AT A GLANCE
Series History
#1 Tennessee
(4-0)
VS.

USF Softball Stadium
Tampa, Fla.

USF
(1-2)
All-Time: Series Tied, 8-8-1
Series History (Last 3):
3/11/06 UT W, 8-0 (6)
2/17/08 USF W, 4-1
2/16/13 UT W, 11-0

Saturday Feb. 15
#1 UT 3, USF 2
Notes
WP - Rainey Gaffin (2-0)
LP - Erica Nunn (1-2)

SCOUTING THE BULLS

  • USF is receiving votes in both the USA TODAY/NFCA poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
  • The Bulls opened the season at No. 23/25 and went 1-2 last week, but both losses game against top-5-ranked teams. USF fell to then-No. 3/4 Florida, 10-3, and then-No. 4/5 Michigan defeated the Bulls, 3-2. USF defeated Bethune Cookman, 9-0, in five frames.
  • USF's top hitter is Kourtney Salvarola, who is batting .400 (4-for-10) with one homer, one triple and four RBIs. Four Bulls are batting .400 or better with Monica Santos (.571 BA) leading the way.
  • USF returns its ace in the circle in 2013 NFCA All-American and 2013 USA Softball Women's National Team pitcher Sara Nevins. Nevins is 0-2 after opening weekend with a 4.90 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 10 frames. Last year, Nevins went 26-9 with a 1.20 ERA and 275 strikeouts over 215.2 innings.
  • Tennessee is 4-1-1 in its last six meetings against the Bulls.

  • All-time Series: Tied, 8-8-1

  • Feb. 16, 2013: #4 Tennessee 11, #12 USF 0
      After five scoreless innings of a pitcher's duel between Ellen Renfroe and Sara Nevins, Tennessee poured six runs on the Bulls in the sixth and added five more in the seventh. Kat Dotson had a pair of RBI triples and finished with three RBIs. Hannah Akamine, Melissa Brown and Haley Tobler each had two RBIs. Renfroe fanned seven over seven shutout frames to earn the win.

AT A GLANCE
Series History
#1 Tennessee
(4-0)
VS.

USF Softball Stadium
Tampa, Fla.

Illinois
(5-0)
All-Time: Tennessee, 3-0
Series History:
2/16/01 UT W, 4-0
2/17/07 UT W, 5-0
2/17/12 UT W, 10-7

Saturday, Feb. 15
#1 UT 10, Illinois 0
Notes
WP - Ellen Renfroe (4-0)
LP - Shelese Arnold (3-1)

SCOUTING THE ILLINI

  • Illinois enjoyed a 5-0 start to the 2014 season, winning all of its games in the Rosemont Rumble. The Illini picked up wins over Illinois-Chicago, Loyola, Eastern Illinois, IUPIU and Central Michigan.
  • Ruby Rivera leads the team with a .538 batting average. Brittany Sanchez is batting .529 and Jenna Mychko is hitting .500. Nicole Evans is batting .400 and has two homers and four RBIs.
  • Brandi Needham leads the Illinois pitching staff with a 3-0 record, a 0.79 ERA and seven strikeouts over 17.2 innings.

  • All-time Series: UT leads, 3-0

  • Feb. 17, 2007: #1 Tennessee 5, Illinois 0
      Saturday's game marks the second time that Tennessee would play Illinois as the No. 1-ranked team in the USA TODAY/NFCA poll. Then-No. 1 Tennessee shut down Illinois, 5-0. Monica Abbott struck out 17 over seven shutout innings of one-hit ball. Tonya Callahan, Liane Horiuchi and Alexia Clay each homered in the win.

  • Feb. 17, 2012: #14 Tennessee 10, Illinois 7
      Tennessee trailed, 4-3, after three innings but exploded to a five-run fourth to take an 8-4 lead. The Illini pulled to within 8-6 in the sixth, but UT scored two more runs in the top of the seventh. Lauren Gibson went 3-for-3 with a homer and five RBIs. Madison Shipman was 2-for-3 with a solo homer. Kat Dotson drove in two runs. Ivy Renfroe earned the win after throwing the final three innings of relief.

AT A GLANCE
Series History
#1 Tennessee
(4-0)
VS.

USF Softball Stadium
Tampa, Fla.

Wright State
2013 Record: 19-37
All-Time: Tennessee, 5-0
Series History (Last 3):
3/7/99 UT W, 14-2 (5)
3/12/99 UT W, 12-6 (5)
3/14/99 UT W, 12-4 (6)

Sunday, Feb. 16
11:15 a.m. ET
Notes
WP -
LP -
Tennessee and Wright State have played five times, but not since 1999. Four of the previous five meetings were in Knoxville. UT has won by run rule four of the five times and has outscored the Raiders by a combined score of 50-18.

SCOUTING THE RAIDERS

  • The Raiders went 19-37 in 2013.
  • Wright State returns its top two hitters from 2013 in Kaitlyn Kite (.324 BA, five doubles, one homer, nine RBIs) and Jess Gorman (.290 BA, eight doubles, four homers, 15 RBIs).
  • The Raiders' ace is Krystian DeWitt, who went 14-15 with a 1.98 ERA and 150 strikeouts over 194.0 innings in 2013.
  • All-time Series: UT leads, 5-0
  • March 9, 1996: Tennessee 8, Wright State 3 (5)
  • March 1, 1998: Tennessee 4, Wright State 3
  • March 7, 1999: Tennessee 14, Wright State 2 (5)
  • March 12, 1999: Tennessee 12, Wright State 6 (5)
  • March 14, 1999: Tennessee 12, Wright State 4 (6)


 

 

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