Tennessee Ladies Sports Update

Women have some nice performance in the first part of week. Softball and golf teams have nice showings.

Softballers sweep Lipscomb

Two games, two shutouts.

Freshman Christy Anch (Ashburn, Va.) and senior Stephanie Humphrey (Knoxville) limited Lipscomb to four hits as the Lady Vol softball team claimed the second game of a Tuesday doubleheader 3-0. UT won the opener 11-0 in five innings.

Ralph and Karen Weekly's squad improved to 19-8 overall and 6-0 at Tyson Park with its third sweep of the season. The Lady Bisons (10-8) fell for the fourth straight contest.

UT junior Lauren Mattox (Charlotte, N.C.) belted a two-run homer in the fourth stanza of the nightcap and finished 4-for-6 (.667) on the afternoon with two homers and five RBI.

''We're happy with the wins this afternoon,'' Ralph Weekly said. ''We came out flat in the second game, which we knew would be the hardest thing with all of our young players. Lauren (Mattox) continues to swing a hot bat for us and Stephanie (Humphrey) gave us a solid three innings in relief. However, we made far too many base-running mistakes that took us out of a couple big innings. We will need to address these problems on the practice field. We knew Lipscomb would play hard because they beat Auburn earlier in the season and I believe that the second game was more indicative of their abilities.''

Tennessee broke into the scoring column in the third inning on freshman pinch-hitter Kristen Bass' sacrifice fly.

Mattox clubbed her second homer of the afternoon in the fourth to provide UT with a 3-0 lead.

After junior Betsy White lined a single into left field to start the Lipscomb fifth, the Weeklys replaced Anch with Humphrey. Lipscomb rookie Megan Olsen cranked a double off the left field wall to advance White to third and give her team a pair of runners in scoring position with none out. Humphrey was able to keep the Lady Bisons off the board by retiring three straight batters -- freshman Lauren Parker (strikeout), junior Ashley Denton (groundout) and senior Hillary Gipson (strikeout), to preserve Tennessee's seventh shutout of the campaign.

Humphrey would surrender just one hit over the final three innings and fanned five Lady Bison hitters to register her second save of the season. Anch scattered three hits over four innings to raise her mark to 2-1. In addition, she was 2-for-3 at the plate out of the leadoff spot.

Tennessee will resume action today beginning at 3, when it welcomes in-state foe East Tennessee State (7-6) to Tyson Park for two games. The Lady Vols will be meeting the Buccaneers for the first time on the diamond.

Lady golfers second in SunTrust

Three Lady Vols finished in the top as the 10th-ranked UT women's golf squad closed out the 2003 SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational in second place.

Tennessee recorded the third-lowest third-round team total in program history after firing a 288 to finish with an 880 (289-303-288). Still, UT could not overcome the home-standing Florida Lady Gators, who carded a third-round 286 to conclude the tourney with an 873 (293-294-286).

Individually, Florida State's Kristin Tamulis took the tournament medal with a 215 (73-71-71) to hold off a late charge by UT's Violeta Retamoza (Aguascalientes, Mexico) (73-72-72=217) and Florida's Aimee Cho (73-74-70=217), who tied for second-place. Retamoza finished in the top-five for her fourth tourney out of the six she participated in this season.

''We really played well today,'' Head Coach Judi Pavon said. ''We hit the ball great, but did not hit a lot of putts. We did everything we thought we needed to win, but Florida just played a great round.''

Tai Perry (Unionville, Pa.) broke out of a recent slump with a seventh-place 219 (69-80-70), while team captain Jessica Shepley (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) rounded out Tennessee's top-10 finishes with an eighth-place 220 (72-75-73) to extend her current streak of top-15 finishes to seven tournaments.

Junior Mary Jan Fernandez (Henderson, Nev.) rebounded from some recent rough performances to tie for 14th at 224 (75-76-73), while freshman Golda Johansson (Lund, Sweden) shot a 241 (79-82-80) to tie for 69th.

UT continues its spring season when it travels to Greensboro, N.C. for the Bryan National Collegiate, March 28-30.

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