#3 Lady Vols Hold Off South Carolina, 5-4

Saturday, March 22, 2014

KNOXVILLE -- #3 Tennessee scored five runs in the first inning and withstood a late South Carolina rally en route to a 5-4, series-clinching win over the Gamecocks on Saturday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

The Lady Vols (27-3, 4-1 SEC) scored five in the first while the Gamecocks (17-11, 2-6) plated one in the second inning, one in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Madison Shipman was a perfect 3-for-3 in the win. Cheyanne Tarango had a two-RBI single and Melissa Davin finished 2-for-4 at the plate with one double, one RBI and one run.

Tarango made her first career SEC start in the circle and threw two innings and allowed one run. Erin Gabriel (5-0) tossed three relief frames to earn the win and recorded one strikeout and one run allowed. Rainey Gaffin got one out in the sixth and Ellen Renfroe threw the last 1.2 frames with two strikeouts and two solo home runs given up.

Julie Sarratt (7-6) took the loss for South Carolina after issuing five earned runs over six innings.

Tennessee struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Davin drove in Megan Geer from second base with an RBI double down the left field line. Shipman and Annie Aldrete drew back-to-back walks to load the bases for Hannah Akamine. Akamine was hit by a pitch on a full count, plating Davin from third base. Two batters later, with two outs and the bases loaded, Tarango knocked a two-RBI single to right field and Taylor Koenig scored from third base on an errant throw from first to give UT a 5-0 lead.

South Carolina got on the scoreboard with a run in the top of the second. With runners on second and third and two outs, Julie Sarratt hit an RBI single through the left side to plate Brooke Barnhill and draw the Gamecocks to within 5-1.

The Gamecocks added two more runs in the top of the seventh when Alaynie Page hit a leadoff home run over the scoreboard in left field and Ashlyn Masters hit a two-out solo homer to left. With SC within 5-4, Renfroe induced a groundout to third base by Lauren Masters to end the game.

Tennessee will close out its season series against South Carolina with a 2:30 p.m. ET game on Sunday. The game will be televised on ESPNU with Joe Davis and Michele Smith on the broadcast. The game will also feature a live audio broadcast on WNML 990 AM and UTSports.com with Brian Rice on the call.


Green Hat Trick Leads Hixson Past Red Bank 5-1

Hixson's Samantha Green had three goals in the Lady Wildcats 5-1 win over Red Bank in a prep girls soccer match on Tuesday.  Hixson led 3-1 at the half.  Karla Martinez and Morgan Dupree also scored for Hixson.  Durpee also had two assists and Demi DeFoor had one.   Abby Medrano had Red Bank's lone goal.  Graicen Hixson had 10 saves for Red Bank ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Volleyball Falls To Kennesaw State In Three Straight

The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team fell 3-0 Tuesday night at Maclellan Gym, dropping its home opener to Kennesaw State 25-14, 25-21 and 25-23. “We were our own worst enemy in this match,” Head Coach Travis Filar said.  “Not taking anything away from Kennesaw State, though.  They are a well-coached team, but we gave them too many points on errors.” Sophomore ... (click for more)

Rhasean Lowry, 34, Charged In Death of 3-Year-Old Girl

Rhasean Lowry, 34, was arrested for abusing a three-year-old girl, and then criminal homicide after she died. Last Tuesday, the Chattanooga Police Department was called on a suspected child abuse case. Lowry took the victim to a local hospital and he stated the victim fell down steps. Doctors advised that the victim’s injuries were the result of blunt force trauma consistent ... (click for more)

City IDB Member Who Made Motion For $9 Million Black Creek TIF Had Not Lived In City For Years

A City Industrial Development Board (IDB) member who made the motion to approve a controversial $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) had not lived in the city for years, City Attorney Wade Hinton confirmed. Chris Ramsey, a BlueCross BlueShield official, was not present at an IDB meeting on Tuesday morning. Five other board members were. Citizen Helen Burns ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library - And Response

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)