Kat Dotson home runs and dominant pitching were the constants in Tennessee’s softball wins Saturday in the Buccaneer Invitational from North Charleston, S.C.
In the first game of the day, a 9-0, five-inning affair against UNC-Wilmington (6-10), Dotson connected on a two-run home run to push the seventh-ranked Lady Vols’ lead to 9-0 in the third inning.
Melissa Davin and Madison Shipman joined Dotson for the team lead in RBIs in the game with two apiece. Davin was the only Lady Vol with two hits and Shipman notched a two-run home run in the second inning.
Cheyanne Tarango went all five innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five to improve her record to 3-1.
In the Lady Vols’ 5-0 victory over Valparaiso in the second game, Dotson launched a three-run home-run to give UT (18-3) a 5-0 lead in the sixth.
Ellen Renfroe struck out six in her complete-game three-hitter against the Crusaders. Coming into the game, Valparaiso had six players hitting .333 or better, but Renfroe was only allowing opposing batters to hit for a .188 average in eight starts.
Raven Chavanne had three steals between the two games to up her total to 16 on 16 attempts this season. As is her M.O., Chavanne got the Lady Vols’ offense cranked up in both games by scoring runs in each first inning.
Tennessee wraps up play in the Buccaneer Invitational today against Charleston Southern at 3 p.m. The Lady Vols beat the host Buccaneers 8-1 on Friday.