Oct. 9, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Junior Melissa Davin enjoyed a monster weekend at the plate, going 10-for-16 with seven RBI, and the Tennessee softball team opened 2012 fall play with four victories in four road games. UT played one game at Tennessee Tech on Friday and three games in the Topper Fall Classic at Western Kentucky on Saturday and Sunday.
"Karen and I were pleased with our first weekend of play, especially since all four games were on the road," Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. "We hit .391 as a team with five home runs and drove in 35 runs, which is of most importance to us. We were able to use everybody in our lineup and played pretty much error-free. We threw all four pitchers and each looked very strong at times. But they had their struggles, which reflect their first appearance out and the fact that they were sharing innings. We did not pitch any one pitcher a full game. Overall it was a very good experience for our team."
On Friday, UT took a 4-2 win over Tennessee Tech. Junior Madison Shipman was a perfect 3-for-3 with two stolen bases and Davin went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Junior pitcher Ellen Renfroe started the game and earned the win after three innings of work.
The Lady Vols then headed to Bowling Green, Ky., to compete in Western Kentucky's Topper Fall Classic on Saturday and Sunday. UT defeated Evansville, 6-2, in Saturday's first game after freshman Lexi Overstreet went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI. Shipman was 2-for-4 at the plate. Sophomore pitcher Cheyanne Tarango earned the win after tossing four relief frames.
In its second game on Saturday, Tennessee's bats remained hot as the Lady Vols crushed host Western Kentucky, 14-4. Davin was 3-for-4 with one homer and three RBI and Tarango tallied three hits in three at-bats. Senior pitcher Ivy Renfroe started and tossed four innings to earn the win.
Tennessee's offense was in full swing once again as the Lady Vols took a 14-6 decision over Eastern Kentucky in their final fall road game on Sunday. Senior Kat Dotson enjoyed a big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one home run and three RBI. Davin continued her hot streak with a 3-for-4 showing and a pair of runs batted in. Tarango picked up her second win of the fall after starting and throwing the first three innings.
UT will host the Tennessee Fall Classic this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14, at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. Admission is free for both days. A total of nine games will be played over the course of the weekend. On Saturday, Tennessee will play Chattanooga State at 11:45 a.m. and Lee at 2 p.m. The Lady Vols wrap up fall play on Sunday with a 12:15 p.m. game against Chipola and a 4:45 p.m. game against Milligan.