KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -Lauren Gibson hit a two-run homer, Raven Chavanne and Lexi Overstreet each had two RBIs and Cheyanne Tarango tossed a five-inning shutout as No. 2 Tennessee powered its way past Appalachian State, 9-0, in five frames on Tuesday at Lee Stadium.
Tennessee (39-6) extended its winning streak 16 games. UT scored one in the first inning, six in the second and two in the third while Tarango contained the Appalachian State (21-16) offense.
Gibson hit a sac fly to left in the first and a two-run homer to left in the second. Chavanne drove in two runs, drew two walks and scored twice. Overstreet hit a two RBI single and scored a run. Kat Dotson and Melissa Brown each had a hit and an RBI.
Tarango (6-1) struck out three over five shutout innings to earn her sixth win of the season. It was her fourth complete game on the year.
Shivaun Landeros (8-6) allowed seven earned runs over two innings to take the loss. Katherine Johnson allowed two earned runs over one relief inning. Alissa Schoelkopf threw a scoreless fourth.
In the bottom of the first with one out and Chavanne on third, Gibson knocked a sacrifice fly to left field to give UT a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Vols poured on six runs in the bottom of the second to take command of the game. After Tarango drew a leadoff walk and Melissa Davin followed with an infield single to short, Brown ripped an RBI double to center field. Overstreet followed with a two-run single to right field to push Tennessee's lead to 4-0. Three batters later, Dotson hit an RBI single up the middle. In the next at-bat, Gibson crushed the first pitch she saw from Landeros over the wall in left for a two-run blast. UT's lead grew to 7-0.
With two outs in the third, Chavanne connected for a two-RBI single up the middle to put the run rule into effect.
In the bottom of the fourth, freshman Anna Renfroe collected the first hit of her career on a single back to the pitcher.
Tennessee will take on Ole Miss for three games this Friday through Sunday in Oxford, Miss. UT will return to Rocky Top to face James Madison in a doubleheader on April 24.
Gamecocks Seize 10-5 WIn Over Presbyterian
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. – Junior centerfielder Kristen Struett came through in the sixth to help South Carolina (23-19) get past Presbyerian (19-24) 10-5 on Tuesday night at the Pine Grove Complex.
Struett came up with the bases loaded in the sixth and put one past the Blue Hose third baseman down the line, scoring two and giving the Gamecocks the 7-5 lead. Junior third baseman Codee Yeske started the frame with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt attempt that Presbyterian mishandled, letting senior shortstop Samie Garcia reach as well. After a foul out that allowed Yeske to reach third, junior second baseman Dana Hathorn got hit for the second time in the game to load the bases, setting up Struett’s heroics.
Junior right fielder Chelsea Hawkins lined one over the left fielder’s head for a double, scoring Hathorn to make it 8-5. Redshirt sophomore pitcher Julie Sarratt hit a sac fly to center to score another, pushing the lead to 9-5. Redshirt senior first baseman Kelley Dillon’s third hit of the day scored Hawkins to make it 10-5.
Presbyterian tied things in the sixth, getting its own two-out rally on Tera Powell’s fourth hit of the day followed by Jill McLean’s double to left, scoring the speedy Powell. With McLean on third after advancing on the throw home, Morgan Durham singled back through the middle to score McLean and tie it at 5-5.
The Gamecocks went on top in the fifth with a two-out rally. Hawkins roped one past the third baseman and down the line in right, and she scored on junior designated player Ashlyn Masters’ RBI double to left center. Dillon followed with a hit back through the middle, scoring Masters to make it 5-3.
South Carolina answered back in the fourth, with Hawkins sending one out to dead center to start the frame. After an illegal pitch gave Masters a second chance, she singled to left center before scoring from first on Dillon’s double to the gap in left center. Dillon moved to third on the throw and crossed home on senior catcher Shelby Gonzales’s sacrifice fly to right.
The Blue Hose struck first in the third. Cat Tarvin and Shelby Petik had RBI singles up the middle around a ground out, while Erin Taylor doubled to left center with two outs to give the Blue Hose the 3-0 lead.
Sarratt (6-5) came on in the sixth for the Gamecocks and picked up the win, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, walking one and striking out two. Kelsey Barnette (2-5) took the loss, giving up four runs, two earned, on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Gamecock sophomore Lakyn Shull had three strikeouts in her 2.2 innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits.
Hawkins and Dillon both went 3-for-4 with a double, with Dillon driving in three and Hawkins two but scoring three times including on her eighth homer of the year. Garcia and Masters also went 2-for-3, with Masters doubling and scoring twice. Garcia stole her 17th base of the season, while Hathorn was hit by a pitch for the 18th and 19th time this season.
Powell went 4-for-4 and scored two runs for the Blue Hose, and Petik added a 2-for-4 day with her RBI. Taylor and McLean both posted doubles for Presbyterian.
The Gamecocks hit the road for a pivotal three-game series at Auburn. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT Friday night at Jane B. Moore Field. Saturday's game is set for a national ESPNU broadcast starting at 6 p.m. EDT.
Aggies Knock Four Homers en route to Shutout Win
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Freshman Cali Lanphear was 3-for-3 with five RBI and three runs scored as the No. 13 Texas A&M softball team (35-9) run-ruled the Bobcats (11-31), 14-0 in five innings, at Texas State on Tuesday in San Marcos.
Lanphear was one of four Aggies to go yard on the night, as juniors Amber Garza, Taran Tyler and Jenna Stark also cleared the fence. Tyler’s home run was her first of the season.
Illegal pitches and a pair of long hits in the top of the first inning scored five runs for A&M. Junior Cassie Tysarczyk led the base running with a double to right-centerfield and advanced to third on an illegal pitch before junior Nicole Morgan reached with a walk. A second illegal pitch sent Morgan to second and scored Tysarczyk as Stark walked.
A walk by Garza loaded the bases in time for a third illegal pitch to send Morgan home for the 2-0 run. With runners on first and second, Lanphear hammered a ball to right-centerfield to plate Stark and Garza before a fourth illegal ball pushed Lanphear home for the 5-0 lead.
A&M put up three more runs in the top of the third on a three-run jack by Lanphear. Stark led off with a single through the left side, and Garza took first on a hit-by-pitch before Lanphear cleared the wall in right for the 8-0 lead.
A two-out solo shot by Garza in the fourth stretched the Aggie advantage to 9-0. Back-to-back base hits by Lanphear and junior Kaydee Rayburn put runners on base as Tyler found the pitch she wanted for the second blast of her career, putting a 12-0 mark on the board.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, senior pinch hitter Sydney Shannon reached on a throwing error and was plated, unearned, as Stark went yard over left field.
The game ended in a 14-0 run-rule as the Aggies had their highest scoring game since February of last year. A&M had 12 hits on the night, holding Texas State to just two.
Sophomore Lauren Ainsley (11-3) started the game and threw three one-hit innings, walking just one batter and striking out one. Freshman Sara Mireles tossed two shutout innings of relief. Ashley Wright (6-13) suffered the loss after giving up eight earned runs on six hits and three walks in two innings in the circle.
The Aggies travel to Georgia this weekend for a three-game Southeastern Conference series. Game one is set for Friday at 5 p.m. Central. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.
Alabama Wraps Up Non-Conference Schedule with Blanking of USM
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 4 ranked Alabama softball team wrapped up its nonconference schedule with a convincing, 11-0 victory, Tuesday night at Rhoads Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 38-6 while the Golden Eagles move to 11-33 on the season.
Alabama scored the 11 runs on nine hits, led by senior Kayla Braud’s 2-for-2 effort at the plate. Braud scored twice and stole a base.
Senior Lauren Sewell (8-0) earned the win, tossing four shutout innings before giving way to junior All-American Jackie Traina. Sewell allowed just one hit, walked three and struck out one in the winning effort.
Alabama batted around the order in the first inning to take an early 4-0 lead. A junior Kaila Hunt bloop single started the scoring and then back-to-back sacrifice flies carried the lead to 3-0. The Tide tacked on one more when Hunt scored on an error.
The Tide plated one more in the second to make it 5-0 when freshman Haylie McCleney singled up the middle to score Braud. The senior started the inning with a bunt single and a stolen base.
UA added two more in the third to take a 7-0 lead. Sophomore Danae Hays got the inning going with a double to left-center to score senior Keima Davis and then Hays later scored on an error.
Two home runs and a run on an illegal pitch in the fourth inning concluded the scoring for the Tide. Junior Jordan Patterson connected on her second home run and then after a Sewell single, sophomore Jadyn Spencer drilled a two-run shot to make it 10-0. Freshman pinch-hitter Kallie Case hit her first career triple and then scored on an illegal pitch.
Alabama will cap off its homestand against Southeastern Conference Western Division foe Mississippi State in a three game weekend series. The two teams will get the weekend started on Friday, April 19, with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m.
Mississippi State Downs Samford Thanks to Two Cooley Homers
Birmingham, Ala. – Birmingham native Jessica Cooley celebrated her homecoming by christening the brand-new Samford Softball Stadium with a pair of home runs, leading the Mississippi State softball team (28-14) to a 13-1 victory in five innings Tuesday night at Samford (11-28) in the first-ever game at the new ballpark. The 13 runs scored by MSU in battle of the Bulldogs marked the highest-scoring game under Head Coach Vann Stuedeman and the most by the Maroon and White since scoring 13 at Arkansas on March 28, 2010.
“Coach (Alan) Reach and Coach (Beth) Mullins have been working a lot on timing and doing a lot of video work,” Stuedeman said. “We were able to get timely hits and extend the inning, which was important.”
In front of her friends and family, Cooley went 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBIs, becoming the fifth player in school history and the first since 2007 to drive in half a dozen teammates in a single game.
Tuesday marked the fifth multi-home run game for Cooley in her career, tying four-time All-American Kellie Wilkerson (1999-2002) for the school record. The 24 career home runs by the senior now rank fourth all-time in Starkville.
“It is always fun coming back to Birmingham and seeing my friends and family,” Cooley said. “We wanted to come out fast, stay strong and go pitch-by-pitch, and I feel like we did a good job with that.”
The starting trio of leadoff batter Jessica Offutt, Cooley and three-hole hitter Sam Lenahan combined to go 7-for-7 with 10 RBIs and five runs scored. Offutt went 2-for-2 with a career-high three runs and three stolen bases to go along with a season-high tying two RBIs, while Lenahan drove in a pair of runs on a pair of hits.
On top of Offutt’s trio of stolen bases, freshman Kayla Winkfield tallied a career-high two stolen bags thanks in part to a career-best three walks. Lenahan, junior Logan Foulks and freshman Loryn Nichols also registered steals, giving MSU eight on the night, tied for second most in school history (8 vs. Belmont, Feb. 13, 2002).
State right-hander Alison Owen picked up her team-leading 15th win of the season inside the circle, giving up one run on one hit in three innings of work. The two-time SEC Pitcher of the Week struck out five and walked three in her 31st appearance of her junior campaign.
Offutt opened up the new digs with a first-pitch ball at 6:01 p.m. CT, and one pitch later cemented her place in history with the first hit in the stadium’s history, an infield single to third base. Cooley stepped into the box next and proceeded to send an 0-1 offering sailing over the scoreboard in right field for an early 2-0 lead in favor of the visiting Bulldogs.
Samford cut the two-run lead in half in the bottom of the first with an RBI single by cleanup hitter Shelby Scott, but the Maroon and White regained the momentum soon after thanks to a bases-loaded double off the top of the 20-feet high fence in left by Lenahan, allowing Winkfield and Offutt to tap the dish.
State put the game out of reach with a six-run third inning. Redshirt sophomore Julia Echols padded the lead with her first home run as a MSU Bulldog, a two-run shot in the top of the third. With no outs, Offutt added a two-RBI single and Cooley crushed another two-run jack to increase MSU’s lead to nine. Cooley pushed the final two runs of the game across the plate in the top of the fourth with a two-run worm burner up the middle.
Starkville’s Team will now head 84 miles east of Mississippi’s College Town for a three-game set at defending national champion Alabama. For live in-game updates of the series, follow the program on Twitter at @MStateSB. For pictures, like the team on Facebook at Facebook.com/MStateSB and visit the team's Instagram account at MStateSB. For pregame and postgame video, check out MSU's official YouTube channel at YouTube.com/HailState.