Ellen Renfroe fired a two-hit shutout and Lauren Gibson hit a bases-loaded single for the go-ahead runs to lead the sixth-ranked Tennessee softball team to a 6-0 victory against No. 21 Kentucky on Friday night in Lexington.
The Lady Vols (29-6) improved to 8-4 against ranked teams. The game, however, did not count in the SEC standings. Kentucky is 24-9.
Renfroe (9-1) struck out four, walked two and hit a batter in notching her sixth complete game and fourth shutout this season.
UT got all the runs necessary with three runs in the third inning, including two on Gibson’s single.
After leaving the bases loaded with one out in the fifth, the Lady Vols tacked on three in the seventh when Kat Dotson hit a 2-0 pitch just inside the left-field fair pole.
Dotson and Raven Chavanne each scored two runs and Melissa Davin had two hits.
The Lady Vols play host to Western Carolina 6 p.m. Monday and Tennessee State 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lee Stadium.
Women’s Golf: The Lady Vols shot an 18-over-par 306 and are 14th after the first round of the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C.
“The conditions today were really good, probably the nicest day we’ve played in this spring,” UT coach Judi Pavon said. “As a team we had didn’t score very well. We putted well last weekend at LSU, but struggled on the greens today.”
Senior Erica Popson shot a 2-over 74 and is 24th individually, six shots off the lead. Sophomore Daeun Song shot 75.
“Erica had a tough start, but finished with a couple birdies to turn in a decent round,” Pavon said. “Daeun played pretty well today too.”
No. 15 Virginia shot a 7-under 281 for a five-shot lead over Vanderbilt. Arkansas is tied for third with North Carolina at 294. South Carolina (296) is fifth in the 17-team field.
Women’s Tennis: Third-ranked Texas A&M snapped Tennessee’s three-match win streak with a 4-2 victory in College Station, Texas.
The Aggies (15-1, 8-0 SEC) won at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles to secure the first point, then extended the lead to 2-0 after winning at No. 6 singles.
The Lady Vols (8-7, 5-3) then tied the match after Tiffany Tavares beat Wen Sun at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-0 and Kata Szekely defeated Cristina Stancu 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. It was Szekely’s sixth consecutive victory.
But Texas A&M won at Nos. 3 and 4 to secure the match.
UT play Missouri on Sunday in St. Louis.
Rowing: The Lady Vols will race 18th-ranked Louisville at 10 a.m. Saturday on Melton Hill Lake.
This will be the second race of the spring season for the Lady Vols, who raced Minnesota in a 2,000-meter race last week on Lake Loudoun.