Kramer's dominant pitching leads WKU in upset of No. 14 Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No luck was needed for WKU softball (11-5, 2-1) on Tuesday night, as the Lady Toppers took a 2-0 win against No. 14 Tennessee at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.
It was the second consecutive year that WKU took down a ranked Lady Vols team on Rocky Top, taking last season's game 3-2. It also marked the second time this season that the Lady Toppers knocked off a top-25 foe, defeating then-No. 19 Nebraska 5-1 in February.
Senior Miranda Kramer (8-4) once again was outstanding in the circle, striking out 14 of the 25 batters faced. The Iowa product allowed two hits with UT's Rainey Gaffin knocking down a triple in the third inning before Annie Aldrete posted a single just out of reach of a sliding Larissa Franklin in centerfield. Outside of the hits, UT had three other baserunners off of walks.
WKU's two-run third inning was the only offense needed toward the win, as Jacqueline McGill had one of her two walks to open the frame. With two outs on the board, Franklin hit a triple to left field to bring in McGill. Shawna Sadler followed with a RBI single straight up the middle for the game's final run.
Tennessee had three pitchers see action, as the two WKU hits in the third were the only hits for the Lady Toppers off of Cheyanne Tarango (0-1). Along with Gaffin and Gretchen Aucoin, the Lady Vols' pitching staff struck out four while walking two.