Pack Softball Falls to No. 4 Tennessee, 7-0
Feb. 15, 2013
South Florida 4-Team Tournament
TAMPA – No. 4 Tennessee scored four runs in the top of the third inning against NC State’s softball team on Friday morning and held on for a 7-0 victory in the first game of the USF 4-Team Tournament.
The Volunteers (6-0) put a runner in scoring position with a hit by pitch and a sacrifice bunt. Speedy lead-off hitter Raven Chavanne beat out an infield single to put runners on first and third. After Chavanne stole second base, Kat Dotson walked to load the bases against starter Emily Weiman.
Lauren Gibson drove in the game’s first two runs with a single to right and Cheyenne Tarango added two more with a double off the right-field wall.
“We made the plays we should have made, but we didn’t get the outs we needed,” said first-year Wolfpack coach Shawn Rychcik. “We could have limited the runs they scored, especially in the four-run inning.”
Tennessee added an unearned run in the fifth and a pair of two-out runs in the seventh on a walk and double off relief pitcher Chelsea Stanfield.
The Wolfpack put its lead-off batter on base in four of its seven at-bats, but none of them advanced past second. The Pack got singles from senior outfielder Bethaney Wells, junior catcher Kirsty Grant and senior centerfielder Caitlin Dent, who also reached on an error by the Volunteer shortstop.
Tennessee pitcher Ivey Renfroe struck out seven Wolfpack batters and issued two walks. Weiman pitched five innings for the Pack, giving up seven hits and striking out one. She also had one walk.
Stanfield, in her second career appearance, allowed two hits and one walk in two innings.
The Wolfpack will play a second game on Friday, facing No. 12 host South Florida following Tennessee’s game with Coastal Carolina. The Wolfpack will also play two games on Saturday, facing Coastal Carolina at 11 a.m. and an as-yet-undetermined opponent Saturday evening.