KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (March 12, 2003) - Lady Vol rookie right-hander Stacey Jennings registered a career-high seven strikeouts and allowed just a second-inning single to East Tennessee State as the Lady Vols grabbed the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader from the Buccaneers, 8-0, at Tyson Park. With the win, Tennessee improved to 20-8 overall, while ETSU saw its mark evened at 7-7 with the loss.
The Lady Vols plated two runs in their first turn at the plate on three hits and a Buccaneer error. Sarah Fekete singled through the left side and stole second before Katherine Card doubled to center field to bring home UT's first run. A fielding mistake allowed freshman Kristi Durant to reach base and also advanced Card to third. Seconds later, sophomore Amber Rhinehart was hit by a pitch to fill the bases. Junior Lauren Mattox lined out to ETSU freshman left fielder Janine Sprague, who completed a double play by firing a bullet to the plate to nail Card. Jennings would leg out an infield single to score Durant with an unearned run.
Tennessee increased its lead to 4-0 with two more runs in the second inning, courtesy of Durant's two-run double. A two-out fielding error on a ground ball from Card brought Durant to the plate with Fekete also positioned on second. Durant sliced a double into the gap in right center field for her sixth two-bagger of the year but was thrown out attempting to stretch her hit into a triple.
Three hits in the bottom of the fourth yielded two more runs for Lady Vols. Following consecutive singles by Fekete and Card, a ground out by Durant pushed her teammates into scoring position. Rhinehart's tapper to the second baseman allowed Fekete to score and junior Lauren Mattox would launch a double to left field to plate Card and drive junior Tiffany McVay from the circle.
Angela Brewer hit a homerun to start the fifth for Tennessee, increasing the margin to 7-0. The homer was number three of the season for the slugger. Senior Blaine Teasley and freshman pinch hitter Chemil Washington stroked consecutive base-hits before freshman pinch hitter Kristen Bass nudged her teammates over with a grounder. An infield single by Card loaded the bases and Durant would end the contest via the mercy rule with an RBI hit into center field that brought in Teasley.
The hosts totaled 13 hits off the Buccaneer tandem of McVay and junior Jennifer Fraser, led by Card's 3-for-4 outing. ETSU sophomore Lindsay Lane had her club's lone hit, a single to start the second frame. McVay (3-2) allowed eight hits and six runs (three earned) over 3.2 innings, while Fraser surrendered five hits and two runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Trailing East Tennessee State, 3-0, in the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader at Tyson Park, the Lady Vols matched their biggest output in a frame all season with eight runs in the sixth stanza to pull out an 8-3 decision over the Buccaneers.
The come-from-behind victory enabled Tennessee to take both ends of the doubleheader. Tennessee moved to 21-8 overall, while the Buccaneers fell to 7-8 with the defeat.
Tennessee mounted a threat in the third inning, positioning runners on second and third with just one out, but came away empty-handed against freshman pitcher Julia McChain. Freshman Mandie Fishback singled into left but was erased at second base on rookie Sarah Fekete's fielder's choice. Freshman Katherine Card ripped her third double of the season off the wall in left but McChain answered by having freshman Kristi Durant ground out and sophomore Amber Rhinehart pop out.
In the top of the fourth, junior Tiffany McVay drew a walk from senior Stephanie Humphrey and freshman Janine Sprague slapped a single into shallow left field. A sacrifice by sophomore Danielle Spetar advanced her teammates to second and third and sophomore Lindsay Lane stepped to the dish and cranked a double high off the wall in left to give ETSU a 2-0 lead. Humphrey was replaced with freshman Christy Anch. The reliever stranded Lane on second by having junior Rhea Holler fly out to center and the right-hander caught freshman Jessica Lonsinger looking at strike three.
Ellisha Humphrey hit a leadoff double to the center field fence and Fishback followed by reaching on an error. McChain retired junior pinch hitter Lauren Mattox on a fly out and erased Humphrey at third on Card's fielder's choice. A wild pitch allowed Fishback and Card to move up but Durant would ground out to end the inning.
The Buccaneers tacked on another run on a Tennessee error with two out in the sixth to take a 3-0 lead. Spetar beat out an infield single and took second on a wild pitch from Anch. Lane earned a free pass and then Holler's grounder was misplayed, enabling Spetar to score on the play.
Rhinehart was hit by a pitch from McChain to open the bottom portion of the sixth and a throwing error on freshman Stacey Jennings' ground ball allowed freshman pinch runner Kristen Hays to reach third. Although Jennings was tagged out by the ETSU shortstop on junior Angela Brewer's fielder's choice, Hays scored when a relay throw over to first went awry. Senior Blaine Teasley roped a double to straightaway center field to plate freshman pinch runner Kim Anders to narrow the gap to 3-2. Ellisha Humphrey then lined a single into center to score Teasley with the tying run. After freshman Jolene Holthaus relieved McChain, Fishback and Fekete walked to fill the bases.
The next Lady Vol batter, Card, worked the count to 2-0 before Buccaneer Head Coach Amy Fuller elected to re-enter McChain. Card would take the next two pitches to earn a walk to move UT in front, 4-3, as Humphrey came across. Durant then unleashed a two-run single into right center field to bring in Fishback and Fekete and prompt another ETSU pitching change. Junior Jennifer Fraser retired Rhinehart on a grounder, moving Card to third and freshman pinch runner Jessica Wilsonto second with two down. Moments later, Jennings ballooned the hosts' lead to 8-3 when she smacked a liner into left to drive home her teammates.
Anch allowed just one hit and an unearned run over 3.2 innings to raise her season ledger to 4-1, with McChain (0-1) taking the loss after being charged with eight hits and six runs over 5.1 frames. Starter Stephanie Humphrey yielded two hits and two runs over 3.1 innings.