Rain doesn't go away in Knoxville Regional

N.C. State, James Madison to resume in fifth

The third rain delay Saturday was the last straw.

North Carolina State and James Madison were tied 4-4 after four innings at the NCAA Knoxville Regional at Lee Stadium when the tarp came out again.

The game was eventually called and will be resumed at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the fifth inning.

The survivor then meets Tennessee at 1:30 p.m.

James Madison earlier eliminated Longwood with a 5-0 decision.

Jailyn Ford hit a grand slam two pitches after play resumed from the day’s second rain delay to expand James Madison’s 1-0 lead.

Ford (24-6) also was the winning pitcher.

The Dukes (42-16) turned around to play N.C. State shortly before 9 p.m., but didn’t finish.

Longwood (41-20) was eliminated from its first NCAA tournament without scoring a run. The Lancers lost to Tennessee 9-0 on Friday.

Lady Vol Notes: Tennessee, a 1-0 winner over N.C. State in the first game, had played several 11-inning games, but a 12th inning would have been historic. Rainey Gaffin prevented that with her clutch walk-off triple that scored Cheyanne Tarango.

Leadoff hitter Raven Chavanne had two hits against N.C. State, as did cleanup hitter Madison Shipman. And the bottom half of the lineup produced four hits — including the clutch ones for the second consecutive game.

Co-head coach Ralph Weekly said he has confidence in Gaffin, even in a high-pressure situation like the one Saturday.

“The kid is one of the best hitters I’ve ever seen in my life,’’ he said.

“She’s (Gaffin) a gamer. and Chey’s a gamer. That was a great at-bat she had there (to hit the single to get on base).

“What’s nice about a game like today, some times some of your better-known hitters aren’t having their best day and these young hitters can come in and get this done.

“Hopefully, tomorrow that top of the order will have one of their type of games, too. They weren’t bad today, it’s just that sometimes we expect so much out of them.’’

Ellen’s Game: Weekly said he was determined to stick with Ellen Renfroe even as the innings mounted. He wanted to have Ivy Renfroe, who pitched Friday, in reserve in case UT lost and had to play later Saturday night.

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scvols writes:

We need the big bats to come out today. Let's go Lady VOLS!!!

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