Sophomore Jessica Spigner
April 17, 2010
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A two-run homer from senior first baseman Erinn Webb, three RBIs from sophomore third baseman Jessica Spigner, a three-RBI double by senior designated player Nicole Kajitani and a one-hit, complete-game performance from freshman Ivy Renfroe helped power No. 16 Tennessee (36-8) to a commanding 9-1 (5 inn.) rout of Presbyterian in the opener of a Saturday afternoon doubleheader at Lee Softball Stadium.
Spigner led the Lady Vols' offensive attack by going a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk, a run scored and the aforementioned three RBIs. Webb's (1-for-3) two-run bomb to right marked her sixth big fly of the campaign, while Kajitani missed a grand slam by about a foot as her bases loaded shot in the fourth inning bounced off the very top of the wall in left for a three-RBI two-bagger. Freshman left fielder Raven Chavanne was a perfect 1-for-1 at the dish with two walks, two runs scored and recorded two of Tennessee's five stolen bases in the contest.
Renfroe came ever so close to tossing her first career perfect game, firing four flawless frames. Unfortunately, the first batter of the fifth inning drove a solo homer to right center as the Jackson, Tenn., native was forced to settle for a complete-game one-hitter with six strikeouts in improving to a stellar 22-2 on the year. She struck out at least one Presbyterian batter during all five innings.
The Lady Vols wasted no time in jumping to an early lead, plating tallies during the opening frame for the 23rd time this season. Chavanne got it all started by drawing a lead-off walk against Presbyterian starter Brittany Howell, marking the 22nd time she's reached successfully to lead off UT's initial at-bat of the game. A stolen base and a groundout advanced the runner to third where she was soon joined on the base paths by freshman right fielder Kat Dotson via a hit by pitch. The Savannah, Ga., native swiped her 25th bag of the year to reach scoring position with still only one retired. That set the stage for Spigner as the Santa Clarita, Calif., product drove a two-RBI base knock through the left side of the infield to make it 2-0 Big Orange.
After leaving single runners on base during the second and third innings, Tennessee exploded for seven tallies on five hits in the bottom of the fourth. Kajitani christened the frame by coercing a walk and soon scored on Webb's towering HR to right as the lead climbed to 4-0. With one out, Chavanne singled through the left side, stole her team-leading 27th base of the year and advanced to third on a successful bunt single from junior center fielder Kelly Grieve. Another theft put two in scoring position where they were joined by sophomore Shelby Burchell via walk. With the bags packed Spigner delivered a high bouncing infield base knock to third as Chavanne crossed for a five-tally advantage. After out number two was recorded, freshman Melissa Brown was struck by a pitch to force in a score. Kajitani soon followed with her towering three-RBI double off the top of the left field wall to finalize UT's offensive damage at nine runs.
Renfroe cruised into the fifth inning with a perfect game intact before allowing the solo homer to right center by Presbyterian first baseman Rachel Parker. Tennessee's 5-10 right hander rebounded quickly, however, to coerce a pair of groundouts and strikeout designated player Leslie Hensley swinging, ending the contest via the run rule.