softball-d1 flag

Tennessee Athletics | March 30, 2014

No. 3 Tennessee scores three runs in the sixth for 7-6 comeback

  The Volunteers earned their first sweep of the Gators since 2004.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After temporarily suspending Game 2 in the sixth inning to play a televised Game 3 on time, No. 3 Tennessee scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 7-6 comeback win against No. 4 Florida and its first sweep of the Gators since 2004.

UT (31-3, 7-1 SEC) won Game 1 9-2 on Friday and rain on Saturday pushed Game 2 to 10 a.m. Sunday morning. The Gators (31-7, 5-7 SEC) held a 6-4 lead after five innings before play was suspended at about noon in preparation for the CSS broadcast of Game 3. Tennessee took a 5-2 win in Game 3 before resuming Game 2 play.

Melissa Davin led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run, three RBI and three runs. Megan Geer was 2-for-4 with a solo homer.

Ellen Renfroe (21-0) earned the win after throwing two scoreless relief innings with a pair of strikeouts. Erin Gabriel started the game, striking out five and allowing three earned runs over four innings. Cheyanne Tarango had two strikeouts and three earned runs allowed during one relief inning.

Lauren Haeger (6-1) took the loss after allowing on earned run in the bottom of the sixth. Delanie Gourley started the game and gave up six earned runs in five innings.

Florida jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Kirsti Merritt clubbed a one-out, two-run home run over the wall in left.

Davin smashed a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the first to pull Tennessee to within 2-1. Davin hammered a 2-2 pitch from Gourley over the scoreboard in left field for her seventh home run of the season. The Lady Vols tied the game at 2-2 when Haley Tobler drew a one-out, bases-loaded walk to plate Madison Shipman. Taylor Koenig was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat, scoring Annie Aldrete and giving UT a 3-2 lead.

Tennessee's lead grew to 4-2 in the bottom of the second when Gourley threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded and two outs, scoring Davin on the play.

The Gators came roaring back with a four-run third inning to take a 5-4 lead. Merritt hit a leadoff home run to left field to pull Florida to within 4-3. Tarango relieved Gabriel in the circle and the Gators put up three more runs. With one out, Taylor Schwarz drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Lauren Haeger and tying the game at 4-4. Two batters later, Kelsey Stewart knocked a two-RBI single through the right side to give the Gators a 6-4 advantage. Gabriel would later re-enter the circle in the fourth inning.

Geer opened the bottom of the fourth with a triple down the right field line, but the Lady Vols could not plate her as Gourley induced a groundout and two swinging strikeouts to escape the inning.

After Game 3 finished and the teams returned to the field to resume Game 2, Geer opened the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run to center field. Davin followed with a double down the left field line and Shipman and Aldrete drew walks to load the bases. Tarango was hit by a pitch, plating Davin for the tying run. UT pulled ahead 7-6 when Hannah Akamine knocked a sac fly to deep right field to score Shipman.

Tennessee and NC State enter top 10 of AP Top 25 rankings for the first time this decade in Week 5

Two new teams enter the AP top 10 for the first time this decade after two top 10 teams lost last week. Let's break down Week 5's movement in the latest poll.

College football rankings: Georgia takes No. 1, SEC surges in Week 3's AP Top 25 Poll

Week 2 saw seven ranked teams lose, with three losses coming from top-10 teams and four losses coming to unranked opponents. Let’s break down Week 3’s movement in the latest poll.

Florida State, North Carolina lead 19 ranked teams in first Sunday of DI women's soccer

The first DI women's soccer Sunday of 2022 saw 19 ranked teams in action, including eight top-10 teams. Here's what you need to know from an exciting season-opening weekend.

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from and our partners