Tennessee Softball Weekly Update (3/17)

March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014
Overall Record: 24-3
Record Last Week: 3-1
Last Week's Results
MON. 10
WED. 12
THUR. 13

SUN. 9

This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 17
TUES. 18
vs. MTSU
7 p.m. ET
Columbia, Tenn.
WED. 19
THUR. 20
FRI. 21
vs. South Carolina
6 p.m. ET
Knoxville, Tenn.
SAT. 22
vs. South Carolina
2 p.m. ET
Knoxville, Tenn.
SUN. 23
vs. South Carolina (ESPNU)
2:30 p.m. ET
Knoxville, Tenn.

Player of the Week Nomination
OF - 5-10
Fresno, Calif.

Weekly Stats: .636 BA, 11 AB, 8 R, 7 H, 2 HR, 1 2B, 9 RBIs, 4 BB, 2 SB, 1.273 SLG%, .765 OB%

Season Stats: .333 BA, 81 AB, 22 R, 27 H, 6 HR, 7 2B, 24 RBI, 12 BB, .642 SLG%, .434 OB%

Notes: Melissa Davin played a major role in UT's three wins this week. After a 2-for-3 effort in UT's 15-0 (5) rout of Western Carolina on March 11, Davin went 3-for-4 with a grand slam, five RBIs and three runs scored in Tennessee's SEC-opening 9-2 win over Arkansas on March 14. Davin bashed another home run and drove in three in a 2-for-2 showing as Tennessee cruised past Arkansas, 8-0 (6), to win the series.

Davin's five-RBI performance against Arkansas on March 14 tied for the team's season high and her grand slam was Tennessee's second grand slam of the season and the first of her career. Davin's three hits in the game were also her season high and her most since tallying four hits against Tennessee State on April 2, 2013.

On the week, Davin had a 1.273 slugging percentage and a .765 on-base percentage, combining for an impressive 2.038 OPS.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

No. 2 Tennessee went 3-1 on the week with a big 15-0 (5) win over Western Carolina on March 11 and a 2-1 showing in its SEC season-opening series at Arkansas from March 14-16.

UT's 15 runs in the win over the Catamounts were a season high and the most runs the Lady Vols had put on the scoreboard since scoring 15 in a 15-5 (6) win at Ole Miss on April 20, 2013. The 15-run margin of victory was Tennessee's largest since winning by 18 in a 19-1 (5) triumph over Tennessee State on April 2, 2013. The Lady Vols tallied 14 hits in the win, its most since knocking 15 hits in a 14-3 romp against Oakland on Feb. 9.

Tennessee defeated Arkansas, 9-2, in its SEC opener on March 14 in Fayetteville, Ark. UT is now 12-6 all-time in SEC openers and has won its conference opener in its last three seasons. The Lady Vols and Razorbacks rescheduled the last two games of their season series into a doubleheader on Saturday due to inclement weather expected for Sunday. Arkansas took the second game, 5-4, and UT answered with an 8-0 (6) win in the third game.

Melissa Davin was on fire in the batter's box last week, hitting .636 (7-for-11)with two home runs, including a grand slam, and nine RBIs. Rainey Gaffin hit .667 (8-for-12) and freshman Annie Aldrete hit her first grand slam and finished with two homers and seven RBIs. Ellen Renfroe continued to dominate in the circle, going 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA, two complete games, one shutout and 16 strikeouts over 16 innings.

UT faces MTSU on Tuesday in the Mid-State Classic in Columbia, Tenn., before returning to Knoxville for a three-game series against South Carolina from March 21-23.





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