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Valdosta State Athletics | February 26, 2014

Valdosta State softball holds off Albany State to take two

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany State gave Valdosta State two tough outings in a Tuesday doubleheader, but the Blazers were twice able to hold off the Lady Rams to claim a pair wins, 2-1 and 5-2 at Lady Rams Field.

The two wins boosted the Blazers record to 14-6 overall on the year, while the Lady Rams fell to 2-8.

Although Valdosta State stranded 12 runners and grounded out 17 times in the first of two on the day, the Blazers still managed to outlast the Lady Rams thanks to 10 VSU hits and one costly error by Albany State in the fifth inning.

In game two, Valdosta State managed just six hits against ASU pitcher Chelsea Ricks, but the Blazers were much more efficient than in game one, as they left just three runners stranded over the course of seven innings.

Despite allowing one additional run in the bottom of the sixth, Maci Fletcher held off the Lady Rams to move to a perfect 3-0 on the season. The freshman's final line included seven innings pitched, one walk, and three strikeouts. She kept the game in control throughout by inducing 12 ground outs.

Tennessee 8, Cal State Fullerton 4

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Madison Shipman and Lexi Overstreet had first-inning home runs as No. 2 Tennessee captured an 8-4 victory at Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday night. Freshman Annie Aldrete also homered in the fourth inning and drove in three runs. Shipman also had three RBIs.

The Lady Vols remained perfect at 14-0 as they continued their California road trip. Tennessee heads to San Diego State for five games starting Thursday to wrap up the week-long trip. Starting the year with 14 wins in row is Tennessee's best run since beginning the 2008 season with 23 wins in a row.

Cal State Fullerton (11-6) also clubbed three home runs in defeat and is now 11-6.

Reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week Ellen Renfroe moved to 8-0 on the season as she tossed her seventh complete game of the season. She struck out nine and allowed six hits -- three of which were home runs.