Georgia comes from behind to beat Lady Vols in 11th

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Tennessee's Madison Shipman collects one of the Lady Vols seven hits in a 3-1 loss to Georgia in 11 innings on Wednesday.

Wade Rackley/UTADphoto Tennessee's Madison Shipman collects one of the Lady Vols seven hits in a 3-1 loss to Georgia in 11 innings on Wednesday.

Tennessee was one out away from knocking Georgia out of second place in the SEC East Division on Wednesday night.

Instead, the Bulldogs' Kristyn Sandberg swung and knocked the ball out of Lee Stadium with two outs in the top of the seventh, tying the opener of the doubleheader with a 300-foot shot over the scoreboard that made it 1-1 and broke up Ellen Renfroe's no-hit bid.

The 10th-ranked Bulldogs (30-7, 9-4 SEC), who entered the action percentage points ahead of the ninth-ranked Lady Vols (27-9, 9-6) in the standings, went on to beat UT 3-1 in 11 innings as the teams headed into the nightcap.

The second game featured a one hour, 15-minute lightning delay and was in progress at press time.

In the opener, Georgia managed only one hit through 10 innings before striking for three hits and two runs in the 11th off Renfroe (19-3), who pitched herself into a hole in the decisive frame by yielding a lead-off walk and then a single.

Paige Wilson drove a single into right field to give the Bulldogs their first lead. Wilson went to second as the throw from UT right fielder Kat Dotson cut down Brittney Hubbard at the plate.

Wilson advanced to third on a groundout before scoring on Ashley Razey's single up the middle to make it 3-1.

Dotson singled to open UT's 11th inning, but Georgia senior pitcher Erin Arevalo (15-3) fanned Madison Shipman before inducing Team USA star Lauren Gibson to ground into game-ending double-play.

The Lady Vols stranded six runners in the game, leaving runners in scoring position in three innings, including the sixth when UT had runners at second and third with one out.

UT scored its only run in the fourth, when Gibson singled to open the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on Melissa Brown's double in the left-center field gap.

The Bulldogs and the Lady Vols figure to continue to jockey for position in the SEC East Division down the stretch, as Georgia has yet to play a series with South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, LSU and Arkansas.

UT moves on to play at Auburn in a three-game series this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, before playing host to LSU (April 13-15), playing at South Carolina (April 20-22) and playing host to Ole Miss (April 27-29) in the regular-season SEC series finale.

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Comments » 7

volstudent24 writes:

frustrating loss in the first game. timely hitting is still a problem for this team. two great softball games though!

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

hey volstuden24, you think we'll get hot at end of year? Ivy's doing better.

Wayfarer writes:

Lady Vols won the second game with Ivy earning the win on the mound. Second game score was 2-1.

huntined#565710 writes:

Both pitchers did well Ellen gave up a big home run but we had too many left on base as we had runners on second and third with one out and GA got two strike-outs.Still think we should have sent the runner home and made them make a perfect throw in bottom of 6th. Just glad we came back in the second game.

budd#207344 writes:

This team has got to learn to hit. Maybe its time for small ball. Steal some bases. If this continues there is not going to be a World Series trip this year.

volman2008 writes:

gibson needs to be batting #3 in the lineup,if she had been batting #3 in the first game we would have won,also get shipman out of the top of line up.

kazoo writes:

UT always struggles to win the big games. Never can get the big hit. And letting their big bopper transfer to Arizona was stupid--good grief.

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