over national power UCLA, in the Fresno State Classic before dropping their
final game to the hosts.
Tennessee (11-11) kicked off the round-robin tournament with a 2-0 blanking
of No. 22 Kansas on Friday.
Sarah Ayers pitched a seven-hit shutout to even her record at 7-7.
Shortstop Lisa Warren was 2-for-4 for Tennessee and second baseman Kelli
Fitzgerald went a perfect 2-for-2.
A few hours later, the Lady Vols needed extra innings to dispatch UCLA,
Cherrae Rushton's fielder's choice in the top of the eighth provided
the winning run for Tennessee.
Buffy Walker pitched eight innings for the Lady Vols, holding the Bruins
to three hits with six strikeouts.
On Saturday, the Lady Vols improved to 3-0 in the tournament with a 4-2
win over Indiana.
Sarah Ayers once again went the distance for Tennessee, giving up two
runs on nine hits. She also struck out seven Hoosiers.
Carrie Swinford, Jodi Ramirez and Warren drove in the runs for the Lady
Vols, who overcame a 2-0 deficit to pick up the win.
Later on Saturday, the Lady Vols ran into a hot-hitting Fresno State
team and lost 11-6.
The No. 5 Bulldogs (6-2) racked up 14 hits and jumped out to a 9-0 lead
on the Lady Vols.
For Tennessee, Kelli Fitzgerald led the way with two hits and two runs
Vols Complete Final Indoor Meet
Tennessee's men's track and field program concluded its regular season
on Saturday by sending athletes to compete in Butler University's Last Chance
meet in Indianapolis, Ind. Several Vols took advantage of the final pre-NCAA
invitational at the RCA Dome in preparation for next week's NCAA Championships.
The top performer for the Vols on Saturday was junior Doug Ellington,
who placed third in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:04.59. The mark
came in Ellington's first attempt in the event during the 1998 season and
stands as a provisional time in relation to the national championships.
The Vols next action will be seen by those athletes who qualified for
Lady Vols Come up Short
Eight members of the Lady Vol track and field team made the trip to the
RCA Dome Saturday in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships
Despite personal-best performances from three members of the traveling
party at the O'Brien Automotive Indoor Classic, Tennessee failed to add
anyone to the list of automatic qualifiers for the national championships
March 13 and 14.
Personal records were registered by three field event athletes, as Tracy
Carrington and Beth Gehring cleared 11-4 1/4 to finish first and fourth,
respectively, in the pole vault. Michelle Elfervig earned second-place honors
in the high jump by tying her career-best height of 5-8 1/2.
The 4x400 relay shaved almost two seconds off of its previous best time
to place sixth at 3:40.21. That clocking, however, did not earn the unit
Tennis Team Downs Mississippi State
Tennessee's No. 12 women's tennis team knocked off 58th-ranked Mississippi
State 5-1 Friday in SEC action.
The Lady Vols, who have now defeated MSU 11 straight times, improved
to 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. State fell to 6-2 overall and 1-2 in
Lady Vols Qualify Five for NCAAs
The 14th-ranked Tennessee women's swimming team advanced five
swimmers to the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis,
Minn., March 19-21.
Lady Vols seniors Emily Plummer and Fabiola Molina swam automatic cuts
at the conference meet to pre-qualify for nationals. Plummer swam an automatic
time in the 100-yard backstroke and will likely swim in the 50-and 100-yard
freestyle and backstroke events. Molina's possible events are the 100-and
200-yard backstroke, the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard individual
Senior Tori DeSilvia qualified for her third consecutive NCAA meet. Juniors
Sarah Nichols and Jill Sprecher round out Tennessee's five. Nichols will
be making her third straight appearance, while Sprecher will be swimming
in her first NCAA championship.
The Tennessee diving team will travel to the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships
in Athens, Ga., March 13-14. At the conclusion of zones, the field for diving
Diamond Vols Lose
No. 8 Mississippi State rallied from a 4-0 deficit Friday night to defeat
the No. 9 Vols 15-7 in Starkville, Miss, in both teams' SEC opener.
Luke Hudson suffered his first loss of the season after being tagged
for 10 hits and nine runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Saturday's game was rained out, so the teams played a doubleheader Sunday.
Results were not available at press time.
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