Fall ball underway for softball

The Lady Vol softball team continued the fall ball portion of its schedule this past week with wins over Western Kentucky and Chattanooga State at Lee Softball Stadium.

The first game, a 7-4 win over Western Kentucky, was highlighted by a two-out grand slam by freshman Hannah Akamine, who started the game at catcher. Her shot slammed off the scoreboard in deep centerfield. That wiped out a 4-1 deficit — third baseman Raven Chavanne had scored on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Shelby Burchell — and gave the Lady Vols a 5-4 lead in the third inning.

Second baseman Lauren Gibson added to the scoreboard in the fourth inning with a double off the top of the wall to bring home Chavanne and Ashley Andrews, who got on base with back-to-back infield singles, for the final score.

Tennessee had nine hits for the game with Ivy Renfroe getting the exhibition win after she relieved Cat Hosfield in the circle. Renfroe had an afternoon class and missed the first part of Thursday's game.

Ellen Renfroe was in the circle for the second game — a one-hit 3-1 win over Chattanooga State – with the scoring coming from Cheyanne Tarango, who singled in a run, a solo line drive home run over the left-center wall by designated player Melissa Davin and a dash home by shortstop Melissa Brown, who singled and later scored on a wild pitch.

Tennessee got going in the second inning after Davin and Brown reached base via back-to-back singles. Tarango singled just inside the third base bag and down the left field line to bring home Davin and then Brown scored on the wild pitch to Tory Lewis.

Chattanooga State got its run result of two Lady Vol errors in the sixth inning — a dropped throw on a close play at first and, after a stolen base, a high throw to third on another swipe attempt that sent the runner home. Davin provided an insurance run for the Lady Vols with her homer in the sixth inning.

Fall ball, which is played with liberal substitution rules, is a chance for the coaches to use a lot of players and compile film for teaching purposes. The games are exhibition ones, and the stats do not count.

Chavanne made her debut in fall ball after recovering from an arm injury and made two outstanding plays at third base, including a diving stop to her left of a sharp grounder.

Tennessee is without 2010 NFCA All-American Kat Dotson (knee) and 2011 SEC All-Freshman Madison Shipman (wrist) as both had off-season surgery.

Tennessee has two more games scheduled this fall. The Lady Vols will play Vol State at 2 p.m. Oct. 22, followed by a 4 p.m. game against Tennessee Tech.

Both games are at Lee Softball Stadium, and parking and admission are free.


Game One vs. Western Kentucky

Game Two vs. Chattanooga State

Raven Chavanne

Lauren Gibson

Hannah Akamine and Cheyanne Tarango

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