Lady Vols beat NC State 7-0, advance to Super Regionals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (release) -- Madison Shipman had a two-run homer and drove in three and Ivy Renfroe fanned five over seven shutout innings as Tennessee punched its sixth trip to the NCAA Super Regionals with a 7-0 win over NC State on Sunday in Game 6 of the Knoxville Regional.

The Lady Vols (47-10) will now face Alabama in the Supers next weekend at Lee Stadium while NC State finishes its season with a 35-20-1 record after making its first NCAA appearance since 2007.

Renfroe helped Tennessee to its third shutout over the weekend as she and sister Ellen Renfroe combined to not let up a run so far in the NCAA Tournament.

Shipman finished the game 3-for-4 with a double and a home run while Ivy Renfroe let up just one hit on the day, a single up the middle to Lana Van Dyken in the third inning.

Tennessee scored two in the first, two in the second and three in the fourth and controlled the game from start to finish in the victory.

The Lady Vols jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Raven Chavanne opened the game with a leadoff single up the middle. Two batters later, Shipman ripped a hard-hit shot past the third baseman and Chavanne later advanced on a wild pitch to give UT runners on the corners. Kat Dotson sent a 1-2 pitch from Weiman through the right side to plate Chavanne. The Lady Vols then pulled off a double steal with Shipman coming home and Dotson moving to second to push the lead to 2-0.

In the top of the second, Tennessee grew its lead to 4-0 thanks to one big swing from Shipman. Chavanne hit a one-out double through the left side and advanced to third when Lauren Gibson grounded out to second. Shipman sent a 2-2 pitch sailing over the wall in right center for her 10th home run of the year and her first in over a month.

Tory Lewis led off the fourth inning with a double to right field, her first extra-base hit of the season. Chavanne moved her over to third with a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Shipman sent a pitch high down the left field line that landed between the shortstop and the left fielder for an RBI double. Two batters later, Cheyanne Tarango ripped a two-out, two-RBI single to right field to push UT's lead to 7-0. Chelsea Stanfield replaced Weiman in the circle to close out the inning.

Though the Wolfpack threatened in the bottom of the seventh working two pinch-hit walks but Renfroe got the final two batters to pop out to end the threat as the Lady Vols walked away with the victory.

The Lady Vols return to action next weekend in the NCAA Super Regionals when they host No. 10 seed Alabama at Lee Stadium.

NOTES
• NC State defeated James Madison 6-4 in the continuation of Game 5 at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
• The start of the Game 6 was delayed until 4 p.m. due to inclement weather and lightning near the stadium.
• Tennessee was the designated away team for this game.


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