Jennings, Humphrey pace softballers

Rookie Stacey Jennings (Aurora, Colo.) made her Tyson Park pitching debut a memorable occasion both in the circle and at the plate on Wednesday afternoon. The righty allowed one hit against Appalachian State through five innings and recorded a couple of runs batted in as the Lady Vols finished off a doubleheader sweep with a 7-0 shutout of the Mountaineers. Freshman Christy Anch (Ashburn, Va) hurled two scoreless frames in her first collegiate action to finish off UT's second shutout of the day.

Tennessee registered its fifth straight victory to move to 6-4 on the season, while ASU fell to 0-2.

In the opener, Stephanie Humphrey struck out Appy State's first eight batters and 15 overall -- both school records -- in pitching the Lady Vols to a 3-0 victory.

Ironically, the last time the Orange kept an opponent of the scoreboard in both ends of a twinbill was its home opener last season, a 22-0 (5) and 8-0 (6) demolition of Tennessee State on March 6, 2002.

''I was really pleased with the pitching performances from all three of our hurlers this afternoon,'' said Co-Head Coach Karen Weekly. ''They each did a great job of staying ahead in the count. We have been working with them individually with their control and the fact that we did not allow a walk in the two games indicates that their hard work is paying off. It was nice to give Christy a couple of innings and we were very pleased with how she performed after a long layoff. Stacey had an awesome day all around with clutch RBI in both games and Blaine (Teasley) was able to come through with a big bases-loaded double to give us some breathing room and put the game out of reach. That was the type of hit we weren't getting in the first game.''

Jennings singled home a run in the first inning of the nightcap, then Tennessee broke the game wide open with five runs in the fifth inning. Jennings singled home one of the runs and Teasley doubled home two more. Soon after, rookie Katherine Card (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) greeted reliever ASU's relief pitcher with a two-run knock that provided a 6-0 lead

Jennings (2-for-3) and Teasley (2-for-4, three RBI) accounted for four of Tennessee's 10 hits and Card drove in her first two runs of the campaign.

The Lady Vols will participate in the UNLV Mini Tournament this weekend. Tennessee will face Louisiana-Monroe (4-5), Syracuse (0-0) and the host Rebels (6-10) during the three-day event.


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