Tennessee's regular-season finale at Lee Stadium was pretty much in hand for the Lady Vols' softball team against LSU.
But business was business for Nicole "Peanut" Kajitani.
The Lady Vols' diminutive senior, who goes 5-foot-1 and 125 pounds, wanted to score after tagging up on Shelby Burchell's shallow fly ball.
LSU catcher Morgan Russell, roughly 5-7 and 165 pounds, was 6 feet up the baseline and blocking home plate - despite not having the ball.
A collision ensued that would have made any Vols tailback proud, as Kajitani plowed over the Tigers' catcher to score the final run in a 6-1 victory before a crowd of 854 Sunday.
"If I'd run around her, she might have a chance to get the ball and tag me,'' Kajitani said. "It's a matter of wanting to get your base, and focusing on that.''
It also was a matter of 18th-ranked Tennessee (41-12, 17-8 SEC) wanting some momentum entering the SEC tournament. The Lady Vols open tournament play Thursday in Fayetteville, Ark., against 10th-ranked Georgia (42-10, 18-8). Gametime has yet to be determined.
All games will be televised by ESPNU.
"Today was about playing ball and just going all out,'' UT sophomore Jessica Spigner said. "We blew our chance to finish third in the SEC losing one to them (Saturday), but we wanted to win this series.''
LSU (42-13, 20-8) opened the scoring with a run in the first, but Lady Vols freshman pitcher Ivy Renfroe (25-4) escaped the bases-loaded jam without further damage.
UT rallied with four runs in the third sparked by captain Kelly Grieve's two-out RBI double. Freshman Lauren Gibson stayed hot with an RBI single that gave the Lady Vols a 2-1 lead.
Spigner followed with a two-run double that made it 4-1, chasing LSU starter Rachele Fico (18-5) in the process.
Fico entered the game with an SEC-best 1.03 ERA.
UT added two runs in the sixth when Melissa Brown dropped an RBI double down the left-field line that also moved Kajitani to third base and set the stage for the home-plate collision.
"LSU is a physical team, and they play hard,'' said Ralph Weekly, who along with his wife, Karen, serves as UT's co-head coach. "But we play hard, too, and Kajitani is a tough kid.''
Spigner said the play should send a message.
"We're not just going to let teams push us around,'' she said "If you're going to push us, we're going to push back.''