Tennessee 4, Charleston 0

May 21, 2005

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers used three RBI from junior Katherine Card and a complete game shutout from sophomore Monica Abbott to defeat the College of Charleston Cougars, 4-0 at the 2005 NCAA Regional No. 11. With the win, the Lady Volunteers will face the winner of todays third game, between the College of Charleston and the Virginia Tech/Miami (Ohio) winner, at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Tennessee (61-13) took a 1-0 lead in the first as sophomore Lindsay Schutzler singled, stole second and scored on a single by Card for a 1-0 lead. On the play, junior Kristi Durant, who walked, was nailed at the plate trying to score from second, as Cougar center fielder Darcy Johnson fired a strike to catcher Jayme Durand for the third out of the inning.

Charleston (52-17) threatened in the second inning as Abbott (44-7) yielded a lead off walk to sophomore Kolby Schooley and a single to junior Bridgette Loudermilk, putting runners at first and third. But Abbott induced Durand to pop out to short to end the threat.

Tennessee padded the lead in the fifth inning as Schutzler led off with a single, stole second, and moved to third on a single by Durant. Freshman Tonya Callahans single scored Schutzler and both Callahan and Kortney Bell, who pinch ran for Durant, would later score on a two-run double by Card.

Cougar starter Rachel Stern (31-10) was pulled from the game after Cards double and reliever Natalie Smith retired junior Stacey Jennings to end the inning with Tennessee ahead, 4-0.

The four runs were more than enough support for Abbott, who pitched one-hit shutout, while striking out 11.

Card paced the Lady Vols offensively, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4, with three RBI, while Schutzler scored two runs while going 3-for-3 with two stolen bases. Loudermilk led the Cougars offensively with the teams lone hit, a two-out single in the third inning.

Head Coach Chandelle Schulte
(opening statement) I thought it was a good softball game. I thought it was a battle. Monica [Abbott] did a tremendous job, and that is part of the reason Tennessee is #11 in the country. They beat us, and when you get beat you just have to acknowledge it. Our job is to come back and play at 6 p.m., and see if we can get further.

(on the ruling) It was just a difference of opinion regarding the rule of communication from the dugout to the pitcher and catcher. It was ruled on and you go on and play from there. It just took a long time, and that is one thing I wish would have been a little quicker. You just have to take it from there and move on.

(on the conference after the ruling) There were three different opinions on exactly how to proceed from there. We were all just trying to get on the same page. The NCAA rep, the UIC (Umpire in Charge) and the umpire staff just needed to communicate. That is what took so long.

(on the effect the time lapse had on the team) I thought, if we get a hit it will be because we had a five-minute delay. If we dont, it will be because we took time. My job is to do the best I can and to protect our kids within the rules and that was what I was trying to do. Afterwards, Abbott threw a great pitch and got Durand out. She did her job. Youre not going to take anything away from Monica Abbott.

(on the thought of filing an official complaint) Well I was unaware you had to fill out the paperwork before the next pitch. Honestly, to keep the integrity of the game, I didnt feel that was the right thing to do.

Rachael Stern
(on Tennessees rally) I missed a couple of my spots, and they definitely picked up on my mistakes. Coming up against a team like Tennessee you really have to make sure you dont make those mistakes because they are the type of team that will pick up on it. I just settled down. They got the run and I thought no big deal, because we have come back from one run down before. I wasnt worried about it.

(on Tennessees hitting) I knew they had some tough hitters coming up in the situations that they did. I was a little worried about it when I was missing my spots here and there, but then again, I had some great defense behind me.

(on Monica Abbott) She is a great pitcher. There is no doubt about that. but like I said, we have come back before. We are pretty good at holding our own. We were down a few runs, but I wasnt worried about it.

Renee Francis
(on facing Monica Abbott again) I think that seeing her before gave us an advantage because we knew what she was going to come with. We did a good job hitting. We could have done better than we did, but I think we faced her a little bit better.

(on Tennessees slap-bunting) We just had to play it by ear and communicate on the field. We just had to try our best to defend it.

 
2005 University of Tennessee Softball
#11 Tennessee Lady Vols at Coll. of Charleston
May 21, 2005 at Knoxville, Tenn. (Tyson Park)
Tennessee Lady Vols 4 (61-13) Coll. of Charleston 0 (52-17)
Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB
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Lindsay Schutzler ss..... 3 2 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 Leshe' Russell rf........ 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Sarah Fekete cf.......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Erica Nabors rf......... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Kristi Durant 3b......... 3 0 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 Bridget Loudermilk 2b.... 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
Kortney Bell pr......... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Jayme Durand c........... 2 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 2
Tonya Callahan 1b........ 3 1 1 1 0 0 4 0 1 Berni Martinez 3b........ 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 1
Shannon Doepking c....... 4 0 1 0 0 1 12 0 0 S. Schlichenmayer lf..... 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0
Katherine Card dp........ 4 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 Jessica Lyness ss........ 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0
Stacey Jennings rf....... 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 Darcy Johnson cf......... 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 1
Ashley Cline lf.......... 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 Kolby Schooley dp........ 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
Kenora Posey 2b.......... 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 Renee Francis 1b......... 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
Brittany Bessho ph...... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 Rachael Stern p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Monica Abbott p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Natalie Smith p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals................... 29 4 9 4 2 4 21 1 8 Totals................... 22 0 1 0 3 11 21 7 4
Score by Innings R H E
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Tennessee Lady Vols. 100 030 0 - 4 9 0
Coll. of Charleston. 000 000 0 - 0 1 0
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LOB - Tennessee 8; COFC 4. 2B - L. Schutzler; S. Doepking; K. Card. HBP - T. Callahan; A. Cline. SB - L. Schutzler 2.
Tennessee Lady Vols IP H R ER BB SO AB BF Coll. of Charleston IP H R ER BB SO AB BF
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Monica Abbott....... 7.0 1 0 0 3 11 22 25 Rachael Stern....... 4.2 7 4 4 2 2 20 24
Natalie Smith....... 2.1 2 0 0 0 2 9 9
Win - M. Abbott (44-7). Loss - Stern (31-10). Save - None.
HBP - by Stern (T. Callahan); by Stern (A. Cline).
Umpires - HP: Tim Kasate 1B: Calvin Walker 3B: Mike D'Ercole
Start: 1:02 pm Time: 1:59 Attendance:
Game: NCAA03