Proving that their romp on Saturday night was not a fluke, Samford edged
host Tennessee, 3-2, in the title game of the Rocky Top Markets Classic on
Easter Sunday afternoon at Tyson Park.
Since both teams entered the contest with identical 4-1 records in the
double round-robin event, the victor of today's encounter took home the
The Lady Bulldogs' Juliet Shunnarah would deliver a two-out single with the
bases full in the sixth to break a 2-2 stalemate and drive in Brianne
Mertens with the eventual winning run.
Samford seized a quick 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first on a solo
homer by Tournament Most Valuable Player Michelle Ashley on an 0-2 count
from Lady Vol senior Jackie Beavers.
Ashley would bat .476 (10-for-21) over the six games with 11 runs, 10 RBI
and a whopping five dingers.
Lady Bulldog third baseman Jennifer Graham would reach Beavers for another
solo blast in the fourth to put SU up by a couple of runs. Tennessee would
finally break into the scoring column during a sixth inning with three hits
and the game-tying runs off hurler Mertens.
After a one-out single by senior April Phillips and a pop out, junior
Janette Koshell smoked her first career triple to right center field to cut
the deficit in half. With two down, senior Amanda Venable rifled a double
to left to plate Koshell with the tying run.
Following a leadoff single in the sixth by Mertens, a UT error on a
sacrifice by Linda Tehranchi gave Samford two runners on with none
A well-executed bunt by Mindy Shunnarah then put the Lady Bulldogs in
business with runners in scoring position in the tie game. Beavers set down
Michelle Wright on a pop foul to the catcher for the second out before head
coach Jim Beitia elected to intentionally walk Ashley to load the
The next hitter, Juliet Shunnarah would wear the hero's mantle with the
base-hit into left field.
The Lady Bulldogs rode the right arm of Mertens to the title, as the righty
stopped UT on three hits and held the Vols to five hits. On the weekend,
she was a perfect 3-0 with a 1.44 earned run average and 29 strikeouts in
All-tournament selections for the Lady Volunteers included Beavers (2-1,
1.40 ERA, 18 strikeouts), Nadia Cameron (.412, two runs) and Phillips
(.524, seven runs, five stolen bases, four RBI, three doubles).
In its opener, Tennessee edged Radford, 4-3, behind freshman hurler
With the setback, RU finished winless in the tourney at 0-6 and the result
marked the fourth time since Thursday night that the Lady Vols had
conquered the Highlanders.
Tennessee returns to action this Wednesday night with a trip to Cookeville
to face Tennessee Tech. The twinbill will commence at 5 p.m. CT.
Samford edges Lady Vols for title
Published: Tue Apr 25, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:14 p.m.