Freshman Andy Cox became the first winner for Tennessee’s pitching staff as the Vols rallied to beat UNLV 8-3 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader in Las Vegas.
Cox pitched four innings, allowing two earned runs. Another freshman, Trevor Bettencourt, struck out four Rebels over the final three innings to earn his first save.
Four Vols had two-hit games, including junior Scott Price, who was 5-for-5 Friday in the 10-9, season-opening loss to UNLV. Price is hitting .778 after two games.
Vance Vizcaino, Will Maddox and Taylor Smart also had two hits.
The Rebels took a 3-0 lead but UT went ahead to stay with a four-run fourth.
In game two, Tennessee fell to UNLV 5-4 despite a three-run rally in the ninth inning.
Freshman Matt Esparza took the loss after allowing two runs in three innings.
Sophomore Will Maddox and freshman A. J. Simcox each finished the game with three hits.
Softball: Ellen Renfroe pitched a shutout as No. 4 Tennessee overpowered No. 12 South Florida 11-0 in Tampa, Fla., in the USF 4-Team Tournament.
Renfroe (3-0) allowed five hits and struck out seven in winning her battle with South Florida ace Sara Nevins (2-1).
Nevins allowed only one earned runs, but South Florida’s only error led to five unearned runs. Tennessee broke open the scoreless duel with a six-run sixth inning and added five in the seventh.
Kat Datson drove in three runs with a pair of triples for the Lady Vols (8-0). UT had nine hits against the Bulls (5-2).
Haley Tobler, Hannah Akamine and Melissa Brown also drove in two runs each.
The Lady Vols beat Coastal Carolina for the second time this weekend 10-3 in their second game of the day.
Sophomore Cheyenne Tarango allowed one run in four innings for her second win of the season and also went two for three from the plate with four runs batted in.
Senior Ivy Renfroe pitched two innings with five strikeouts but recorded her first career base hit.
The win was Tennessee’s ninth straight to start the season. They continue competition today at 10:30 a.m,
Men’s Tennis: Brandon Fickey was Tennessee’s only winner as the 14th-ranked Vols lost 4-1 to Ole Miss in the consolation bracket of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle.
The 12th-ranked Rebels won the doubles point, then added singles wins from No. 24 Nik Scholtz over No. 11 Mikelis Libetis, 7-5, 6-3 at No. 1, Stefan Lindmark over John Collins, 6-1, 7-5 at No. 5 and Adrian Forberg Skogeng over Edward Jones, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6.
Fickey defeated Johan Backstrom, 7-5, 6-3 at No. 4.
Jones and Collins won at No. 2 doubles, 8-4, but Ole Miss took the point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.
Tennessee is 11-3.
Women’s Golf: Tennessee had a rough second round at the Florida State Match-Up Tournament, but Erica Popson remains a contender for the individual title.
UT shot 11-over-par 299 to slip from second into a tie for third, eight strokes behind leader Oklahoma and two behind second-place Florida State. Georgia also is at 299.