No. 5 Lady Vols win 11th straight, beat Georgia 6-1

ATHENS, Ga. (release) -- Raven Chavanne hit a three-run homer and Ellen Renfroe struck out six over six strong innings to lead No. 5 Tennessee to a 6-1 win over Georgia on Sunday and a series sweep. The win marked Tennessee's 600th win under the direction of Ralph and Karen Weekly.

Tennessee (34-6, 9-3 SEC) enjoyed a strong start and controlled the game from start to finish to earn its 11th win in a row. UT scored three in the second, two in the fourth and one in the sixth. Georgia (27-13, 6-6 SEC) scored its only run in the third off a solo home run.

Chavanne finished 3-for-5 with the three-run blast, two runs scored and one stolen base. Madison Shipman had a two-RBI single and drew two walks. Melissa Brown went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

Ellen Renfroe (11-1) struck out six and allowed just one run over six solid innings to earn the win. Ivy Renfroe threw a scoreless seventh and had one strikeout.

Chelsea Wilkinson (3-2) took the loss after allowing three earned runs over the first three innings. Geri Ann Glasco allowed three earned runs over two relief frames. Morgan Montemayor tossed two scoreless innings in relief.

UT took control of the game in the second inning. Hannah Akamine hit a one-out single up the middle and Lexi Overstreet with a single through the right side. Chavanne stepped up to the plate and hammered the first pitch she saw from Wilkinson over the fence in right field to give the Lady Vols a 3-0 edge.

Georgia responded in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Anna Swafford took a 1-1 pitch from Ellen Renfroe and sent it over the wall in straightaway center field for a solo home run.

Tennessee answered in the top of the fourth. Glasco entered to pitch to start the inning and Kat Dotson and Chavanne notched back-to-back bunt singles. Two batters later, Madison Shipman connected for a one-out single to left field to bring in both runners and push UT's lead to 5-1.

In the top of the sixth, the Lady Vols added one more run. With two runners on and one out, Brown knocked an RBI single to right field to plate Lauren Gibson.

With two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth, Haley Tobler made a great diving play to catch a fly ball in right field and end the UGA scoring threat.

Tennessee will next host Tennessee Tech on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Lady Vols resume SEC play next weekend when they host Auburn from April 12-14.


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