Tennessee Softball Weekly Update (2/18)

Feb. 18, 2014

Feb. 17, 2014
Overall Record: 9-0
Record Last Week: 5-0

This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 17
TUES. 18
WED. 19
THUR. 20
FRI. 21
SAT. 22
vs. Nebraska
8 p.m. ET
Cathedral City, Calif.
vs. Oregon State
10:30 p.m. ET
Cathedral City, Calif.
SUN. 23
vs. Stanford
5 p.m. ET
Cathedral City, Calif.
vs. Fresno State
7:30 p.m. ET
Cathedral City, Calif.

Pitcher of the Week Nomination
RHP - 6-0
Jackson, Tenn.

Weekly Stats: 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 2 CG, 14.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 24 K, .152 Opp. BA

Season Stats: 4-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 G, 4 GS, 4 CG, 26.0 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 39 K, .120 Opp. BA

Notes: Ellen Renfroe was untouchable from the circle yet again this week, going 2-0 with a pair of seven-inning shutouts and 12-strikeout performances against Pittsburgh and Illinois.

Renfroe had a no-hitter going through 6.2 innings against Pittsburgh on Feb. 14. Batter after batter, Renfroe sent the Panthers back to the dugout. She was just one out away from recording Tennessee's 40th no-hitter and it would have been the third of her illustrious Lady Vol career.

Renfroe had a gutsy performance in the circle against a previously unbeaten Illinois team (8-0 entering the game) late on Saturday night. The game started at 10:40 p.m. ET due to previous games in the USF Tournament running long and ended at 1:05 a.m. ET Sunday morning. Renfroe was dominant from start to finish, fanning 12 Illinois batters over seven shutout innings to remain a perfect 4-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA in four complete-game starts this season.

Renfroe has started 2014 with 26 consecutive shutout innings. As a sophomore in 2012, she started the year with 27.1 consecutive scoreless innings from the circle. Monica Abbott owns the record for consecutive shutout innings to start a season. Abbott started the 2005 season with 35.1 straight scoreless frames.

Player of the Week Nomination
C/IF - 5-6
Monterey, Calif.

Weekly Stats: .615/1.154/.643, 13 AB, 3 R, 8 H, 4 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 1 HBP, 1 SH

Season Stats: .444/.833/.524, 18 AB, 3 R, 8 H, 4 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 2 HBP, 1 SH

Notes: Aldrete enjoyed a breakout week this week at the USF Tournament in Tampa, Fla., from Feb. 14-16.

She recorded the first hit of her career in Tennessee's 5-0 win over Pittsburgh on Feb. 14, knocking a single through the left side with one on and no outs in the fourth.

Aldrete recorded the first RBIs of her career in UT's 10-0, five-inning win over Binghamton on Feb. 14, ripping a two-run double to left center.

Aldrete played a big role in UT's 10-0 win over a previously-unbeaten Illinois team (8-0 entering the game) that ran from 10:40 p.m. ET on Saturday to 1:05 a.m ET on Sunday. Aldrete went 3-for-3 in that game, hitting her first-career homer, knocking a double and driving in four runs. She opened the fifth inning with a leadoff double to left center and in the seventh inning, she smashed a two-run homer far over the wall in straightaway center field to give UT a 4-0 advantage. In the eight-run seventh, Aldrete came around in the batting order once again and hit a two-RBI single to left field. She had two hits and four RBIs in the seventh inning alone.

On Sunday, Aldrete went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs to help UT defeat Wright State, 10-2 in five frames. Starting at catcher, Aldrete hit a two-RBI double to deep center field in the first inning to push Tennessee's lead to 3-0. She added a single up the middle in the third inning and ripped a double down the left-field line and scored a run in the fifth inning.

Aldrete is the first Tennessee freshman to hit two doubles in a game since Lauren Gibson had two doubles against LSU on May 8, 2010.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

Tennessee (9-0) went 5-0 in the USF Tournament down in Tampa, Fla., last week with wins over Pittsburgh, Binghamton, USF, Illinois and Wright State. Madison Shipman, Annie Aldrete and Hannah Akamine hit their first home runs of the season in Tampa. Melissa Davin had three home runs last week, including an inside-the-park homer. Aldrete was a breakout star offensively last week, hitting .615 with a homer, four doubles and eight RBIs. Rainey Gaffin shined as a relief pitcher, earning a win against USF after tossing four scoreless relief innings with eight strikeouts.

Ellen Renfroe was named the SEC Pitcher of The Week on Monday after going 2-0 with a pair of shutouts and 24 strikeouts over 14 innings. She is currently on a 26-inning shutout streak, the third best start to a season in program history. As a sophomore in 2012, she started the year with 27.1 consecutive scoreless innings from the circle. Monica Abbott owns the record for consecutive shutout innings to start a season, opening the 2005 campaign with 35.1 straight scoreless frames.

This week, Tennessee heads out on Friday for 10 games in California from Feb. 22 to March 1. UT will face No. 11 Nebraska, Oregon State, No. 13 Stanford, Fresno State (twice), Cal State Fullerton, BYU, San Diego State, Colorado State and Utah.

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