The Lady Vols would load the bases in the second against Johnson but would come away empty-handed. With junior Angela Brewer (East Ridge, Tenn.) aboard with one out, Jennings punched a single for UT's initial hit. Although senior Blaine Teasley (Tucson, Ariz.) drew a two-out walk to fill the sacks, freshman Sarah Fekete (Maryville, Tenn.) would ground out to third base to halt the threat.
Jennings beaned junior Nancy Crane to start the second, ending her tenure in the circle for the time being. Freshman Christy Anch (Ashburn, Va.) came on and kept the Gamecocks off the board for the next two frames. However, the Garnet and Black reached the mercy rule with six runs on seven hits in the fourth to build a 9-0 advantage.
Tennessee averted the shutout in the fifth on a two-out single by Kristi Durant that increased her hitting streak to 11 games. Sarah Fekete had drawn a walk with two down and freshman Katherine Card laced a single into center to give Durant a runner in scoring position.
USC's top four hitters in the lineup combined to hit 8-for-12, as Curtis, Fittro, Troesh and Quinones were each 2-for-3. Jennings (17-8) allowed five hits and three runs in 1.1 innings, while Anch gave up six hits and six runs in 2.2 frames. Johnson (12-4) hurled her ninth complete game by fanning four, walking four and scattering three hits.