Lady Vols pitching holds Holy Cross, Campbell scoreless in two-game sweep
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 3 Tennessee won a pair of games Friday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium, beating Holy Cross 5-0 on the strength of Lexi Overstreet's three-run home run and Erin Gabriel's seven shutout innings. Pitching was the name of the game in the nightcap, as the Lady Vols edged Campbell 1-0 on a seventh-inning overthrow.
Tennessee is now 19-1.
Overstreet gave Tennessee all the runs it would need against Holy Cross with a three-run homer in the third inning, her fifth of the season. Taylor Koenig had an RBI single, and Melissa Davin, Madison Shipman and Annie Aldrete each had one hit as well.
The Big Orange added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Aldrete hit a triple to the left field wall and scored on a wild pitch. A few batters later, Davin hit a single, advanced to second on an Akamine groundout and scored on a Koenig hit.
Gabriel (4-0) fanned seven over seven innings, allowing two hits and no walks.
In the Campbell contest, Ellen Renfroe (11-0) struck out 12 over seven innings, allowing two hits and one walk. She had a perfect game for the first 4.2 innings. Campbell's Courtney Roberts (3-3) allowed four hits, fanned two and walked six over seven innings in the loss.
In the bottom of the seventh, a Megan Geer single through the left side and a Madison Shipman walk gave Annie Aldrete the opportunity for a walkoff. Aldrete hit the ball to Campbell's Ericka Nesbitt, who overthrew first base. The error allowed Geer to score the only run of the game.
Shipman led the Lady Vols offensively with two doubles in a 2-for-3 game. She stretched her hit streak to 17 games. Geer and Melissa Davin each had one hit as well.