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Courtesy: Jason Roberts - Envision Sports Media
No. 4 Vols Use Big Sixth Inning to Beat Bulls
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
No. 4 Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0 6 5 11 0 2
No.12 USF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1

 

By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

TAMPA - Sara Nevins kept No. 4 Tennessee hitless through five innings, but a bad sixth doomed the No. 12 Bulls in an 11-0 loss Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Vols scored all six of their runs with two outs in the sixth on the way to earning the top seed in the final game of round-robin play at the USF Tournament. Second-seeded USF (5-2) will battle third-seeded NC State Saturday at about 6:30 p.m. for a spot in Sunday's tournament championship.

Right-hander Ellen Renfroe (3-0) gave up five hits, walked four and struck out seven for the 8-0 Lady Vols. Renfroe's solid performance was appreciated by a Tennessee team that couldn't put anything together on offense until the sixth inning.

The Lady Vols didn't put a runner on until the third inning when Melissa Brown led off with a walk. A sacrifice moved pinch runner over to second, but Nevins got out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout.

USF put its first runner in scoring position in the third when Ashli Goff hit an infield single and stole second with two outs. Kourtney Salvarola followed with a walk before the Lady Vols caught Goff trying to steal third base to end the inning.

The Bulls were back in scoring position in the fourth inning after D'Anna Devine led off with a single to left field and moved over to second two batters later. Lee Ann Spivey walked with two outs, but the threat ended with a Sydney Dinelli strikeout.

Nevins pitched a perfect fourth and fifth before Tennessee's bats heated up in the big sixth inning.

The Lady Vols applied when Melissa Davin legged out an infield single to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt moved Davin over to second and Nevins posted her fifth strikeout before Tennessee broke through. Kat Dotson hit an RBI triple off the right field wall and a fielding error resulted in the Lady Vols' second run.

Tennessee loaded the bases and Nevins' outing was over after Hannah Akamine hit a two-run single up the middle. Two more Lady Vols crossed the plate in the sixth thanks to a triple by Brown off right-hander Sam Greiner.

Dotson added her second triple of the game in the seventh that drove in two more runs for the Lady Vols. Lauren Gibson produced Tennessee's ninth run with a one-out single and Haley Tobler capped off the scoring with a two-run single.

Devine and Goff wound up leading USF's offense with 2-for-3 performances while the Bulls stranded six runners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pitchers of Record
IP H R ER BB SO
W - E. Renfroe (3-0)
7 5 0 0 4 7
L -  S. Nevins (2-1)
5.2 3 6 1 2 5
S - N/A






USF AB H R RBI BB
D. Devine 3 2 0 0 0
Tennessee AB H R RBI BB
K. Dotson 4 2 2 3 0



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