Junior Madison Shipman drove in five runs, senior Ivy Renfroe tossed three hitless innings and five different Lady Vols had three-hit games as the No. 6Tennessee softball team opened the 2013 season with an 18-3, five-inning win over Southern Utah in the Red Desert Classic on Thursday in St. George, Utah.
The Lady Volstotaled 22 hitsand the 18 runs are UT's most ever in a season opener.It was UT's 800th victory in program history.
Shipman was 3-for-5 with five RBI and two stolen bases. Senior Raven Chavanne was 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, two runs and a stolen base. Sophomore DP/pitcher Cheyanne Tarango went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and three runs. Sophomore catcher Hannah Akamine was 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Senior Whitney Hammond was3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs.
Ivy Renfroe (1-0) tossed three hitless, scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Tarango pitched two innings in relief and allowed three runs.
Tennessee will face Idaho State at 1 p.m. Eastern and Utah State at 3:30 today.
Men's Tennis: The 14th-ranked Vols (10-0) will play at No. 9 Duke (6-1) on Friday in their first match this season against a top-10 team. They will then play at No. 36 Wake Forest (7-1) on Sunday.