Lady Vols softball sweeps home-opening series

KNOXVILLE (UT Athletics) - Lady Vols softball took a home-opening sweep of Wright State on Wednesday.

GAME 1: Tennessee 9, Wright State 0 (6 innings)

Three roundtrippers, including two by Hannah Akamine propelled #3/2 Tennessee past Wright State 9-0 in six innings in game one of Tennessee's season opening doubleheader at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium, Wednesday.

Akamine finished the day 2-for-3 for the Lady Vols (16-1) with both of her hits going out of the park while Megan Geer was 2-of-4 on the day with a double and a home run.

Ellen Renfroe now (10-0) on the season, finished the first game striking out nine Wright State (1-9) batters and sat down the side by way of the K in the third inning.

Up 5-0 entering the sixth inning, both Akamine and Geer blasted two run shots to left field to clear the bases and the field as the Lady Vols finished game one with a walk off run-rule victory.

Melissa Davin ripped a double down the left field line to score Annie Aldrete from third. Aldrete reached one batter earlier when she roped a triple down the right field line with two outs on the board to put the Lady Vols up 1-0 after the first inning.

Rainey Gaffin started off the third reaching first base after getting hit by a pitch. She moved up to second on a wild pitch and stole third coming home on a single to left by Geer.

Madison Shipman reached in the next at bat on a single through the right side, jumping up to second as Geer was thrown out after getting caught between third and home on the single. Shipman reached third on a groundout by Aldrete and scored on a throwing error by Wright State's first baseman.

Shipman would have reached regardless as back-to-back doubles to the outfield by Melissa Davin and Lexi Overstreet gave the Lady Vols a 4-0 advantage.

Tennessee added to its lead when Akamine banged a solo shot off of the scoreboard in the first at bat of the fourth inning.

Akamine repeated on the round tripper in the bottom of the sixth inning this time with a shot to left field that also scored Hannah Macdonald who pinch ran for Cheyanne Tarango giving UT a 7-0 lead.

The Lady Vols walked off after a two-run shot by Geer to left field that also scored Haley Tobler and enforced the run rule.

GAME 2: Tennessee 8, Wright State 0 (6 innings)

Rainey Gaffin's no-hitter and Taylor Koenig's three-run home run helped boost the Tennessee softball team to an 8-0 win in the second game of the doubleheader against Wright State at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Wednesday.

The bats were cold for both teams in the first three innings, but the Lady Vols (17-1) scored six in the fourth inning and two in the sixth to defeat the Wright State Raiders (1-10) for the third time this season.

Koenig led the team offensively, going 1-for-3 with a three-run home run. Annie Aldrete went 2-for-4 with one RBI, and Megan Geer went 2-for-2 with one RBI.

Gaffin fanned six over six innings, allowing no hits and one walk in her first collegiate start as pitcher. Her no-hitter is the first for the Lady Vols this season.

UT broke through in the fourth inning, scoring six runs to end a scoreless game. With runners on first and second and one out, Cheyanne Tarango hit an RBI single up the middle. Hannah Akamine followed with an RBI double to right field and Koenig put the Lady Vols up 5-0 with a three-run blast to left field. After Haley Tobler hit a double off the wall in center, Geer clubbed an RBI single up the middle.

The game ended in the sixth after Aldrete hit an RBI double to score Geer and Davin hit a sac fly to right to score Madison Shipman.


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