OKLAHOMA CITY (UT Release) – A two-out walkoff single up the middle by Tory Lewis handed the University of Tennessee softball team the win over Washington on Saturday in Game 5 of the Women’s College World Series.
Tennessee will now play in Game 11 on Sunday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and will face the winner of Game 9, which pits the winner of today’s Game 7 (Nebraska vs. Florida) against the loser of Game 6 (Texas vs. Oklahoma).
Ellen Renfroe took part in a pitcher’s duel with Washington junior Kaitlin Inglesby as both juniors held their opponents scoreless until Lewis’ heroic hit. Renfroe pitched seven complete, giving up just two hits and striking out 10 batters in the shutout.
Lewis finished the game 3-for-4 while driving in the lone run of the game. Also with multi-hit games for the Lady Vols were Lauren Gibson and Cheyanne Tarango who each were 2-for-3 on the day against Inglesby.
Tarango started the bottom of the seventh off with an infield single to the shortstop and was replaced on first by senior Whitney Hammond who then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Melissa Brown.
After Rainey Gaffin drew a walk to put runners on first and second, Hannah Akamine laced a liner right back at Inglesby which the pitcher caught and in an attempt to end the inning threw to first to try and double off Gaffin. Instead the ball went errant and Hammond advanced to third based setting up Lewis’ walkoff winner.
Prior to the seventh inning heroics, the Lady Vols left 13 runners on the base paths including leaving the bases loaded in the first, second and fourth innings but needed just the one run to move past Washington and continue in the winner's bracket.
With the win, the Lady Vols remained perfect in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.