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OXFORD, Miss. - Shelby Burchell's walk-off home run in the eighth inning Saturday night gave Tennessee its second SEC title, as the Lady Vols beat Georgia, 6-5 in dramatic fashion.
The Lady Vols fell behind early after a four-run first inning off Tennessee starter Ivy Renfroe, but battled back with two home runs by Jessica Spigner and the game-winner by Burchell.
Renfroe surrendered four earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning pitched before being replaced by her sister, Ellen.
"Sometimes some pitchers have it and some others don't," Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. "For whatever reason they were all over her at the start and we had to make a change."
Spigner led the Lady Vols (47-10) by going 2-for-3 with four RBIs.
"I was just trying to hit line drives," Spigner said. "I wasn't really looking for a certain pitch. I was just trying to attack the ball and get a rally started. "
Both of Spigner's home runs came against Georgia's Morgan Montemayor, who surendered three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched.
"I thought (Montemayor) did a great job," Georgia coach Lu Harris-Champer said. "This (was) her fourth day pitching in a row and I was really proud of the way she was throwing."
Georgia (47-12) was led offensively by center fielder Taylor Schlopy, who finished the game 2-for-3 with a home run. Schlopy left the game feeling encouraged going forward.
"I think we played a really good game," Schlopy said. "We came out with a lot of heart and passion. I think that's what we need to focus on."
Tennessee tied the game in the sixth inning on a two-run home run by Spigner that eventually sent the game into extra innings. In the eighth, Burchell connected on her 14th home run of the season to give the Lady Vols the SEC title.
Burchell said some advice in the dugout prior to the at-bat helped.
"Before every inning everybody gets together and pumps each other up," Burchell said. "(I was told to) stay relaxed and look for that pitch and don't try to do anything extra. Just do what you're taught to do."
Burchell's walk-off home run landed her a spot on the all-tournament team, along with teammates Raven Chavanne, Spigner and tournament MVP Ellen Renfroe.
"I was nervous about the game all day," Renfroe said. "I was excited to even get the opportunity to even play in this game because I was expecting Ivy (Renfroe) to go all the way. I had confidence in our team."
The Lady Vols feature just one senior as they head into the NCAA tournament as the SEC champions.
Weekly proclaimed the players are to be given the credit.
"This team is kind of crazy," Weekly said. "All year long I haven't really had to tell them much. They provided. It's not the coaching staff. They provide a lot of fire within themselves."
Kory Keys is a freelance contributor.