Lady Vols split DH against Georgia

Another day, another rain delay for Lady Vol softball. Tennessee split a double-header with Georgia on Wednesday with Ellen Renfroe coming within one out of a no-hitter before losing in 11 innings and then the Lady Vols recovered to take the nightcap. Go inside for coverage.

The double-header between top 10 programs began as if Tennessee would zip past Georgia in the first game and then get well into the second one before the thunderstorms arrived.

Ellen Renfroe had two outs and a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning and then Georgia catcher Kristyn Sandberg sent the first pitch she saw over the scoreboard to tie the game.

It took four more innings of play before the Lady Bulldogs seized a 3-1 win in 11 innings.

Game two began shortly after 8 p.m. and lasted for almost two innings before a light rain began to fall. That was followed by lightning, a mandatory evacuation of the field and stadium and then torrential rain and winds.

The Lady Vols retreated to their locker room and did homework since it was a school night.

After a delay of one hour and 16 minutes, play resumed and Tennessee scratched out two runs in the bottom of the third.

Catcher Ashley Andrews got the inning started for Tennessee with a liner just over the infield. After a fielder's choice from center fielder Tory Lewis, Raven Chavanne singled on a bunt, and Georgia intentionally walked second baseman Lauren Gibson with two out. Shortstop Madison Shipman singled with a bloop over second base, and Lewis and Chavanne, who had executed a double steal, scored easily from third and second, respectively.

Ivy Renfroe went the distance – she allowed one Georgia run in the sixth inning – and preserved the 2-1 win. Renfroe struck out nine and walked three batters.

Her sister, Ellen Renfroe, also struck out nine hitters and pitched a no-hitter until the solo blast in the seventh inning in the first game.

Tennessee, which was ranked ninth in one poll and 10th in another, is now 28-9 overall and 10-6 in the SEC. Georgia, which was ranked 10th in one poll and ninth in another, is now 30-8 overall and 9-5 in the SEC.

The Lady Vols will next play a three-game series at Auburn beginning Friday.


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Ellen Renfroe

Ivy Renfroe

Madison Shipman

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