Tennessee softball wins season opener with 8-0 rout of Northern Colorado

The Tennessee softball team started their season the way a top-ranked team should with an 8-0 drubbing of Northern Colorado on Friday at the Eagle Round Robin in Statesboro, Ga.

Sophomore Lexi Overstreet hit a double in the bottom of the first inning to plate two for the Lady Vols.

A two-run lead was more than enough for Senior pitcher Ellen Renfroe to work with. Renfroe surrendered only one hit in five innings and struck out five.

Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly was happy at what he saw from his players to start the 2014 campaign.

“Any win is a good win, especially to start the season,” Weekly said in a UT release.

“I was really pleased with the effort and the energy, and the way they came out today and just played.”

Overstreet finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs

Freshman Megan Geer made the most of her first game in a Tennessee uniform by going 4-for-4 and driving in two runs. Geer’s last hit scored fellow freshman Shaliyah Geathers to put the Lady Vols (1-0) up eight runs and end the game in the bottom of the fifth.

Geer explained how she handled the pressure of her first collegiate game.

“I think I just tried to look at it like any other game where I just go out there and try to keep my head clear in the box, and just do my thing as a good leadoff batter to see a lot of pitches or at least give the other girls an idea of what kind of pitches the pitcher is throwing,” Geer said.

“So I was just tryng to treat it like any other game, no big deal.”

Tennessee plays the Bears again Saturday at noon followed by a matchup with Georgia Southern at 2 p.m.

Men’s Tennis: No. 14 Tennessee scored a top-25 victory with a 4-2 win over No. 13 Duke at Goodfriend Tennis center in front of a sizable home crowd.

Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese started the day with a doubles victory, followed by Brandon Fickey and Jarryd Chaplin’s win to secure the doubles point.

The tables turned in Duke’s favor in singles play as Michael Redlicki defeated Libietis 6-1, 6-2 and Jason Tahir beat Fickey 6-2, 6-2 to put the Blue Devils (4-3) up to 2-1 on the match.

Markus Kerner tied things up for the Vols (8-1) with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Josh Levine.

Andrew Dromsky needed three sets to defeat Raphael Hemmeler 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 before Jarryd Chaplin won the clinching point with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win against Bruno Semenzato.

Tennessee coach Sam Winterbotham was pleased with his team’s performance.

“It was a great college tennis match, and a great atmosphere,” Winterbotham said in a UT release.

“It was awesome to see so many people come out and support these guys because they really work hard. They’re great student athletes. I’m very proud of them, and when you see so many other people proud of them, it warms your heart.”

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