Tennessee 9, Miami (Ohio)
Tennessee 9, Miami (Ohio) 0May 20, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Freshmen Shannon Doepking and Tonya Callahan each hit two-run homeruns and sophomore Monica Abbott tossed five shutout innings as the Lady Vols defeated Miami (Ohio), 9-0 (5 inns.) in the second game of 2005 NCAA Regional No. 11. With the win, the Lady Vols (60-13) will face the College of Charleston at 1 p.m. on Saturday, while the RedHawks (34-25) will face Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m.
The Lady Vols scored three times in the home half of the first, as junior Sarah Fekete reached base with a one-out single and advanced to third on a throwing error by RedHawk starting pitcher Jackie Poggendorf (21-15), one of six errors for Miami on the evening.
Junior Kristi Durant followed with a single, plating Fekete, to put Tennessee on the board. After a fly out, Doepking lined a two-run homerun to left field, opening a 3-0 advantage. The Lady Vols continued the onslaught in the second inning, scoring four runs aided by four Miami fielding miscues. Durant highlighted the Lady Vol second with an RBI single.
Tennessee scored two more runs in the fourth on a triple by Durant and a towering homerun by Callahan to straight-away centerfield for a 9-0 Tennessee lead. Abbott retired the side in the top of the fifth, and the game was called due to the fifth-inning run rule.
Durant finished the evening 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, while Doepking went 2-for-2 with a homerun and three runs driven in.
Poggendorf took the loss for Miami, lasting just 1.1 innings, allowing seven runs-three earned on five hits.
Meanwhile, Abbott (43-7) went the distance, surrendering just two hits and striking out eight. She faced just two batters over the minimum, surrendering an infield single to freshman Halle Popson in the fourth inning and a double to sophomore Leslie Macedo in the fifth.
Tennessee Head Coach Ralph Weekly
(opening statement) I was very pleased with the way the kids came out and played. I told them that they are only guaranteed two more games and that they have got to make each one count. We had a really productive mental session last night, and I think the kids were just really ready to play. I praise them, and it is all about them at this time of the year.
(on Katherine Cards status) We did some special hitting with her today on two separate occasions, and I look for her to be able to play.
(on whether Monica Abbott will pitch in tomorrows first game) Yes. We will come back with Monica tomorrow. The thing about Monica that we get asked about a lot is innings pitched. Yes, she has pitched more innings than anyone in the nation, but if you go back and check how many she has pitched in the last 35 days, its not a lot of innings. When she was playing AAU ball, she pitched every game all summer long. If she tells us at any time she has any discomfort at all, we will not pitch her.
(on the advantage UT has when teams face Monica Abbott for the first time) It does, but Charleston has already faced her. Charleston is a very good hitting team, and they get up there an take their hacks. Theyre going to come at us.
(on her performance) I felt like I just needed to put the ball where I needed to put it. If they hit the ball on the ground, then thats fine. A pitchers job is to make the batters hit the ball badly and to make the infielders and the outfielders work. Its not to get strikeouts. We threw a different variety of pitches to go with whatever was needed with each batter.
(on whether she can pitch every game this weekend) Definitely. I feel thats what Im expected to do. Thats my role, and thats what my team needs me to do.
(on what makes UT successful) I would say our team chemistry. I think that everybody knows their role on this team. When you have players who know that and can produce in their roles, its hard to fail.
(on this years team compared to last years team) The biggest difference between this years team and last years team is our speed, especially with our one, two, eight and nine batters. We have so much speed, and a lot of times if we just hit the ball we can get things rolling. We dont have all the power hitters, but we have the sparkplug-type players.
(on Katherine Cards injury) I gave her a little grief right after the injury. She and I have been teammates for three years now, and as soon as it happened I told her that it looks like she is going to need a nose job now.
Miami (OH) Head Coach Angie Jacobs
(opening statement) We definitely didnt play our best game. I cant remember the last time we made six errors. I also cant remember the last time we faced such a tough hitting lineup, one through nine. Everybody was a tough out. It was a very difficult lineup.
(on the impact of Tennessees Kristi Durant) Shes a great athlete and a great hitter. We made a couple of mistakes I wish we could take back. Hopefully we can contain her a little bit better the next time we face her than we did tonight.
(On the challenge presented by Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott) Any game, no matter who we play, no matter who the pitcher is, we want to be aggressive at the plate. We also want to play our brand of softball, which is tough defense. We tried to play a little bit too fast tonight, and that was not a good thing. We obviously made errors that put them in scoring position.
Miami (OH) Pitcher Jackie Poggendorf
(on how Tennessee used its speed against the Redhawks tonight) They put quite a bit of pressure on us and made us speed up play instead of relaxing and playing like we usually do. They are a fast team, but we have definitely seen teams with their speed.
Miami (OH) First Baseman Halle Popson
(on facing Tennessee pitcher Monica Abbott) It was a little bit different because we havent seen that type of speed. She has an excellent range of pitches -- you just need to see her a couple of times. The second time up you make adjustments.