Tide Hosts Vols In Big Softball DH

The top-ranked Alabama softball team (25-0, 6-0 SEC) looks to continue its perfect start to the 2012 season as it hosts No. 12 Tennessee (19-6, 3-3 SEC) in a Southeastern Conference doubleheader, starting at 4 p.m. CDT at Rhoads Stadium on Wednesday. The twin-bill will air on CSS.



Alabama continued its winning ways as it improved to 25-0 on the season and 6-0 in Southeastern Conference play on the strength of a 4-0 week. Alabama ventured across the country to down No. 14 Oregon, 5-1, on Tuesday before returning to Tuscaloosa after a weeklong road trip to host Mississippi. The Tide swept the Rebels in its first SEC home series of the season.

The 25-0 start equals the second best start in school history as the Crimson Tide rattled off 25 wins to start the season in 2007. Alabama has now scored eight or more runs 16 times this season and plated 10 or more eight times.

Alabama outscored its opponents, 39-11, on the week. Alabama batted .368 on the week and hit seven home runs with 34 RBI. The Tide pitchers sported a 2.33 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 24 innings while holding the opposition to just a .178 batting average.

The Lady Vols won two out of three games this past weekend against the Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tennessee is led by junior outfielder/third baseman Raven Chavanne with a .464 (26-for-56) batting average and a perfect 10-for-10 clip in stolen bases. Sophomore infielder Madison Shipman leads the team with 26 runs batted in to go along with her .357 (30-for-84) batting average, while junior infielder Lauren Gibson leads the Lady Vols with eight home runs and 22 RBI.

In the circle, UT is led by the Renfroe sisters. Sophomore Ellen Renfroe was named SEC Freshman of the Year last season, and has continued that success this year. She enters the weekend with a 14-1 record and a 0.99 ERA, with an SEC leading 152 strikeouts in 112 2/3 innings of work. Junior Ivy Renfroe enters the series with a 5-5 record with 54 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings of work. UT returned 15 letter-winners from last season's SEC Tournament championship team.

Alabama senior outfielder Jennifer Fenton (Kennesaw, Ga.) and sophomore pitcher Jackie Traina (Naples, Fla.) garnered Southeastern Conference softball weekly honors, the league office announced Monday afternoon. Fenton was named the SEC Player of the Week while Traina was named the Pitcher of the Week.

The Tide and Lady Vols have faced off 45 times, with UA holding a 30-15 advantage in the series. Last season, the teams split a doubleheader in Knoxville.

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