Shipman, Ivy Renfroe lead No. 4 UT past Cal State Fullerton, 5-0

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - (WVLT/SUBMITTED) -- Madison Shipman had a solo homer and scored three times to back Ivy Renfroe's six-strikeout shutout as the No. 4/4 Tennessee softball team took a 5-0 win over Cal State Fullerton in Thursday night’s late game in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

The Lady Vols (12-0) notched their seventh shutout of the season in the win over the Titans (4-7). Shipman went 2-for-3 with the solo blast and three runs scored. Kat Dotson was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one double. Rainey Gaffin went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double.

Ivy Renfroe improved to 3-0 on the year with a dominant outing in the circle. She fanned six over seven shutout innings and 71 of her 98 pitches were for strikes.

Hard-throwing Desiree Ybarra (0-2) took the loss for Cal State Fullerton after allowing five runs (four earned) over six frames.

Tennessee climbed out to a 1-0 lead when Shipman scored from third base after Titans catcher Kirsten Lambertson committed a throwing error to first base while trying to turn a double play.

In the third inning, the Lady Vols plated a pair of runs to extend their lead to 3-0. With no outs and runners on first and second, Lauren Gibson knocked an RBI double up the middle to score Dotson. Two batters later, Melissa Davin drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to center field, plating Shipman.

UT added another run in the fifth when Shipman hammered a 1-0 pitch from Ybarra to send it soaring over the left field fence for her first home run of the season.

The Lady Vols scored one more run in the bottom of the sixth when Dotson placed a hard hit RBI single near the shortstop and Tory Lewis scored from second.

Tennessee continues its play in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with two games on Friday at Big League Dreams' Wrigley Field. UT will face Northwestern (3-6) at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET) before taking on No. 16/13 UCLA at 3:30 p.m. PT (6:30 p.m. ET). Follow the action live with the live blog and free live audio broadcast on UTSports.com. Live stats will be available for Friday's games through both Northwestern's and UCLA's websites.

The Lady Vols open their 2013 home schedule at Lee Stadium against Lipscomb on Feb. 26. The home opener will feature free reserved bleacher backs for kids 12 and under based on availability. Single-game tickets can be purchased through UTTix.com or through the ticket office at 865-656-1200.


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