UT softball takes 2 on first day of Tennessee Tournament

GAME 1: TENNESSEE 5, HOLY CROSS 0

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Lexi Overstreet's three-run home run and Erin Gabriel's seven shutout innings led No. 3/2 Tennessee to a 5-0 win over Holy Cross on Friday afternoon at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

The Lady Vols (18-1) scored three runs in third and two in the sixth to earn the win over Holy Cross (1-5) in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

Overstreet led the team offensively with a three-run home run in the third inning. Taylor Koenig had an RBI single, and Melissa Davin, Madison Shipman and Annie Aldrete each had one hit as well.

Gabriel (4-0) fanned seven over seven innings, allowing two hits and no walks. Friday's showing marks her second complete game of the season. Gennifer Durham (1-2), who allowed four hits and three walks over 5.1 innings, picks up the loss for Holy Cross.

Tennessee's first run came in the bottom of the third inning. After a Megan Geer walk and a Shipman single, Overstreet slammed a three-run home run over the right center wall. She now has five home runs and 16 RBIs on the season.

The Big Orange added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Aldrete hit a triple to the left field wall and scored on a wild pitch. A few batters later, Davin hit a single, advanced to second on an Akamine groundout and scored on a Koenig hit.

GAME 2: TENNESSEE 1, CAMPBELL 0

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - In a pitcher's duel on Rocky Top, No. 3/2 Tennessee scored with two outs in the seventh thanks to heads-up baserunning by Megan Geer to defeat Campbell, 1-0, on Friday night at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Ellen Renfroe (11-0) was electric in the circle once again for Tennessee (19-1), striking out 12 over seven shutout innings and allowing just two hits and one walk. She had a perfect game for the first 4.2 innings. Campbell's Courtney Roberts (3-3) allowed four hits, fanned two and walked six over seven innings in the loss. UT improved to 3-0 against Campbell (13-10) all-time.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Geer singled through the left side and a Madison Shipman walk gave Annie Aldrete the opportunity for a walk-off hit. Aldrete hit the ball to Campbell third baseman Brittany Bruce and Geer advanced on the basepaths to third before smartly making a double move back to second to make Bruce consider chasing her in a rundown. Nesbitt took the bait, advancing towards Geer, then rushing her throw to first base and overthrowing teammate Bailey Bjorson. The throwing error allowed Geer to round third and head home for the winning score.

Shipman led the Lady Vols, going 2-for-3 with two doubles. She stretched her hit streak to 17 games. Geer and Melissa Davin each had one hit as well.

The Tennessee tournament continues Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. ET. with College of Charleston taking on Holy Cross. Tennessee will play Western Kentucky on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium. The live video, live blog and live stats will be available on UTSports.com.


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