Sept. 29, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - This past weekend at the Lee Softball Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., the Tennessee Lady Vol softball team got its 2008 fall campaign off to a rousing start by recording a perfect 4-0 record to sweep through its Worth Fall Classic. The Big Orange outscored the opposition 52-9, posted double-figures in three of four contests, hammered out 48 hits and demonstrated its speed by swiping 16 total bases in the four match-ups.
Facing MTSU in Saturday's opener, Tennessee banged out 16 hits over just five innings of play during an 18-0 (5 inn.) triumph. Junior catcher Tiffany Huff led the way offensively with a 3-for-4 performance and a team-high six RBIs, freshman Ashley Andrews plated three runs as part of a 3-for-4 effort and freshman designated hitter Diondra Fryer went 2-for-3 at the dish with three RBIs. A perfect defensive effort backed freshman hurler Cat Hosfield as the Murfreesboro, Tenn., native fired a two-hit shutout from the circle with seven K's.
The dominance continued through a Saturday afternoon match-up with Volunteer State as UT recorded a 12-2 (5 inn.) victory behind a two-hitter (seven K's) from sophomore pitcher Ashton Ward. The Lady Vol offense was guided from the top two spots in the line-up as senior Lillian Hammond and Andrews each went 4-for-4 while combining to score six runs. Huff and Fryer both laced a pair of hits with two RBIs each, while the latter blasted her first homer as a collegian, a towering home run over the scoreboard in left center that landed on the grass bank beyond the outfield fence. Junior Erinn Webb and freshman Jessica Spigner both tallied a pair of hits in the contest.
In Sunday's opening contest, Tennessee defeated Chipola, the 2007 National Junior College Champions, 15-5 (5 inn.) as Ward and senior Danielle Pieroni combined on a four-hitter with five strikeouts. Down 4-2 in the bottom of the second, UT erupted for 13 runs in the bottom half of the frame to put the contest out of reach. From the three spot in the line-up, Spigner demonstrated her offensive potential for the Big Orange by knocking in six runs as part of a 3-for-3 effort while blasting her first collegiate home run. Pieroni also contributed three hits and three RBIs in the victory as eight Lady Vols posted at least one hit.
In its final game of the Worth Fall Classic, the Lady Vols downed in-state rival Tennessee Tech, 7-2, to complete the weekend at a perfect 4-0. Behind a pair of unearned runs, the Golden Eagles grabbed a 2-0 lead before Andrews (2-for-3) and Webb (2-for-2, two doubles, four RBIs) helped lead UT's offensive charge. A three-spot in the bottom of the second granted Tennessee the lead at 3-2. Sophomore Jen Lapicki and Pieroni each hammered key RBI doubles as UT eventually erupted for four tallies in the bottom of the sixth to complete the 7-2 win.
Tennessee will host a very talented alumni team, featuring former players such as Monica Abbott, India Chiles, Shannon Doepking, Katherine Card and Tonya Callahan, on Sunday, Oct. 5th at 3 p.m. at the Lee Softball Stadium. The contest will commence immediately after completion of the Lady Vol soccer home match versus Arkansas (1 p.m.). Admission is free, and the event is open to the general public. UT will conclude the fall campaign by hosting the Worth Fall Invitational over the weekend of Oct. 11-12 at Lee Stadium.