No. 10 Tennessee Tops Auburn Softball 9-1


April 6, 2012

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Auburn, Ala. - The 10th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols put up seven runs in the second inning and cruised to a 9-1 win in five innings over the Auburn softball team Friday night in the series opener.

Auburn dropped to 26-13 overall and 5-9 in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee improved to 29-9 overall and 11-6 in the SEC. The teams play Saturday at 1 p.m. CT in game televised by ESPNU.

"Tennessee came ready to play tonight and they jumped on us," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "We didn't do a good job against their hitters and Ellen (Renfroe) did her job in the circle for them. We didn't generate much offense against her."

Jenee Loree started and took the loss to fall to 8-6. Loree allowed nine runs, seven earned, on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout. Hilary Mavromat, in her first stint in the circle this season, pitched the final one and one-third innings without giving up a hit or walk.

Ellen Renfroe earned the win in a complete-game effort. Renfroe improved to 20-3, allowing one run, earned, on one hit with one walk and seven strikeouts.

The Lady Vols busted the game open in the top of the second inning, scoring seven runs all with two outs. With Kat Dotson (HBP) at second, Melissa Brown chopped back to Loree who alertly fired to third. Dotson was out in a rundown at second for the second out of the inning. Cheyenne Tarango followed with a double to put Brown at third.

Tory Lewis plated the first run with a hard single to third, scoring Brown for a 1-0 Lady Vols lead. Raven Chavanne drew a walk and was followed by a pinch-hitter Melissa Davin who laced a single back up the middle to score Tarango and Lewis for a 3-0 UT lead.

After a walk to Lauren Gibson loaded the bases, Madison Shipman crushed a home run to center that made it a 7-0 game and capped the scoring for the inning. It was Shipman's fifth home run of the season.

The Lady Vols extended their lead in the top of the fourth inning, scoring all the runs again with two outs. Chavanne walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sac bunt. After a strikeout, Shipman hit a ground ball to Lauren Guzman at short who could not field the ball out of her glove, allowing Shipman to reach on the error.

Chavanne took third on the play and on the next pitch, Shipman stole second. Dotson then laced a single to right that plated both runners to make it a 9-0 game.

The Tigers got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Guzman drilled a two-out, solo home run over the scoreboard in left-center. It was Guzman's second home run of the season and seventh of her career.

Ivy would hold the Tigers to one run as she retired the side without a run scoring in the bottom of the fifth, ending the game on the eight-run mercy rule.