| Thursday softball RESULTS
|Tennessee 18, Southern Utah 3
|Ole Miss 10, Saint Mary's 2
|Hawaii 2, Ole Miss 0
|South Alabama 3, Mississippi State 2
Lady Vols Open Season With Win
ST. GEORGE, Utah - Junior Madison Shipman drove in five runs, senior Ivy Renfroe tossed three hitless innings and five different Lady Vols had three-hit games as the No. 6/5 Tennessee softball team opened the 2013 season with an 18-3, five-inning win over Southern Utah on Thursday in the Red Desert Classic. The win marked the 800th in UT softball history.
The Lady Vols (1-0) totaled 22 hits in the win and the 18 runs are UT's most ever in a season opener. Shipman was 3-for-5 with five RBIs and two stolen bases. Senior Raven Chavanne was 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, two runs and a stolen base. Sophomore DP/pitcher Cheyanne Tarango went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and three runs. Sophomore catcher Hannah Akamine was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Senior Whitney Hammond was a perfect 3-for-3 with one RBI and two runs.
Senior Melissa Brown went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the second.
In the circle, Ivy Renfroe (1-0) earned UT's 800 program win after tossing three hitless, scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Tarango pitched two innings in relief and allowed three runs.
Ariel Zimmerman (0-1) started the game for Southern Utah and allowed nine runs in 2.1 innings of work with four strikeouts. Danielle Axe allowed three runs in 1.2 innings of work. Ashley Ostler allowed six runs in one inning in the circle.
Tennessee scored in every inning, starting with Shipman's RBI single through the right side with one out to plate Chavanne from second base.
After Tarango was hit by a pitch to lead off the second inning, Hannah Trainer entered to pinch run. Brown stepped in the box and blasted a two-run shot over the right field wall to extend UT's lead to 3-0.
With runners on the corners and no outs in the third inning, Tarango ripped an RBI single through the left side to plate Melissa Davin. Two batters later, Akamine drove a single through the right side to plate Gibson. After a single to the pitcher by Hammond to load the bases, Chavanne hammered a double to left center, plating two runs. A Kat Dotson RBI groundout to the circle and an RBI single down the left field line by Shipman grew the Lady Vols lead to 9-0.
In the fourth inning, UT scored three more runs. Hammond hit an RBI single to short and Shipman ripped a two-RBI single to center field.
Southern Utah got on the scoreboard after the pitching change. With two on and no outs, Kadi Henderson hammered a pitch over the wall in left for a three-run homer to bring the Thunderbirds to within 12-3.
With lineup substitutions in the fourth, Tennessee saw its younger stars shine in a six-run fifth. Akamine, who had moved to third base, hit an RBI single to right field with the bases loaded. Freshman Rainey Gaffin followed with an RBI single to left field. Tarango scored on a passed ball with the bases juiced. Rookie Haley Tobler knocked a two-RBI single to right and advanced o the throw. Shipman rounded out the scoring effort with an RBI groundout to first.
Ole Miss Splits Season-Opening Doubleheader
HONOLULU - The Ole Miss softball team (1-1) split its season-opening doubleheader Thursday at the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic in Honolulu, defeating Saint Mary's 10-2 before dropping a pitching duel to No. 23 Hawaii, 2-0.
Junior pitcher Shelby Jo Fenter pitched a gem of a game against tournament-host Hawaii, striking out 12 batters in 5.2 innings of work. Fenter and Hawaii pitcher Kaia Parnaby each carried no-hitters into the sixth inning, and each finished the game with one hit allowed.
"Shelby Jo pitched absolutely phenomenal," Ole Miss softball head coach Windy Thees said. "She struck out 12 and gave up one hit, she just ran out of gas. I knew she was running out, but she hadn't given up a hit, so do you pull a kid with a no-hitter? ... She was great.
"We didn't hit. We got one hit in the game and we need to make adjustments. (Hawaii pitcher Kaia) Parnaby is a great pitcher. It was just a classic pitcher's duel and hopefully next time we'll come out on top."
Fenter, who transferred to Ole Miss from Vol State Community College, struck out the side in the third and fifth inning, and didn't get into trouble until the sixth inning.
Three walks loaded the bases for the Rainbow Wahine in the bottom of the sixth, and Sharla Kleibenstein came through with a two-run, two-out double to left field to put Hawaii (1-0) in front and get the win.
"We expect to win," Thees said. "That was really nice for our girls and for us as coaches to see our players play that hard and get after it. There was no doubt we were supposed to win that game, we just need to make some better adjustments at the plate."
MSU Falls to S. Alabama
Starkville, Miss. – Junior Alison Owen broke the school record for strikeouts in a season opener with nine, but it was not enough as the Mississippi State softball team fell by a narrow 3-2 margin to South Alabama Thursday night in front of a capacity crowd at the MSU Softball Stadium.
“We battled hard all night,” Head Coach Vann Stuedeman said. “We had a lot of quality at-bats, but it just did not fall our way. South Alabama is a good team; they went to the postseason last year.”
The 21st season of Bulldog softball featured a battle of 2012 NCAA Tournament teams, with each squad receiving votes in both preseason
Top-25 polls this past month. Farish Beard picked up the win for South Alabama with two earned runs given up in four innings of work, while Jaguars’ ace Hannah Campbell earned the save with three shutout frames to close out the game. Owen struck out nine for MSU and walked none in a complete-game effort that marked her debut for the Maroon and White.
“I thought Alison threw very well,” Stuedeman explained. “Even when South Alabama hit a home run, it was a well-placed pitch. We just have to tip our hat to the hitter because Alison did a great job.”
Junior Sam Lenahan, who was named to the NFCA All-South Region First Team last year as a sophomore, picked up right where she left off last season. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run home run in the first inning. Senior Jessica Cooley (1-for-4), junior Heidi Shape (1-for-2) and sophomore Ashley Phillips (1-for-3) also collected hits for Starkville’s Team.
Deadlocked in a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning, USA sophomore Blair Johnson hit her first career home on an 0-1 count to capture the winning run for the visitors from Mobile. The Jaguars had previously tied it up at two in the fourth inning following an RBI double by Kaitlyn Griffith and a sacrifice fly by Meghan Collins.