On a picturesque afternoon, the Tennessee Lady Vol softball team and
18th-ranked South Carolina split a doubleheader at Tyson Park on Saturday.
In a tightly contested first game, the Lady Gamecocks used a one-out,
two-run home run to pull out a 4-2 victory over UT. The Orange and White
would then earn a split of the day's action with a 16-4 romp in the teams'
second encounter. UT is now 16-17 overall and 4-7 in the SEC, while South
Carolina is 27-15 and 8-7 in conference play.
In the opener, it appeared as though extra innings might be needed to
decide the outcome of the contest, as the game was deadlocked at two apiece
entering the decisive seventh inning. Freshman pitcher Leslie Poole got
USC's freshman first baseman Danielle Quinones to fly out to junior center
fielder Holly Ellison for the first out of the inning before allowing a
walk to senior shortstop Kendra McCutcheon. Lady Gamecock right fielder
Joyce McMillin then turned on a 1-1 Poole offering and connected for a
two-run home run over the left-center field fence for a 4-2 USC advantage.
The Lady Vols were then retired in order in the bottom half of the inning
to end the game.
Poole, who went the distance, fell to 4-5, while South Carolina's sophomore
pitcher Megan Matthews improved to 16-10 with the triumph.
Tennessee was led at the dish from a 2-for-4 afternoon from junior catcher
Maura Mollet. The Lady Vols also garnered hits from Ellison, juniors
Janette Koshell and Melissa Radley, sophomore Maria Torres and senior
Amanda Venable. Tennessee scored its first run when Ellison singled in
Radley in the bottom of the fourth inning. Mollet followed that with a
double to right center to score Ellison all the way from first base for the
In Game 2, Venable was 3-for-4, and the quintet of Ellison, Koshell,
Mollet, Radley and Adrianna Wilson each contributed two hits. In all, the
Lady Vols out-hit the Lady Gamecocks, 14-7. For South Carolina, only
freshman Debralee Troesh finished with more than one hit in the contest as
she recorded two.
Tennessee would break a 2-1 game open in the third inning with an 11-run
effort. The Lady Vols would bat around in the inning as 14 UT batters would
take their cuts. South Carolina and McMillin would be hurt in the inning by
three errors. Freshman Nicole Murray led off the inning with a single
before Radley reached on an error. With two on, Koshell would then get on
base via an error by the USC third baseman before advancing to second on
the throw home attempting to nail Murray at the dish. Venable then laced a
double to left field, scoring Radley and Koshell. McMillin then plucked
Torres with the first pitch following the Venable double. Following singles
from Mollet, Ellison, Radley, and Koshell, the Lady Vols put the game away
when Venable crushed McMillin's 2-0 pitch over the left field fence for a
three-run bomb and a 12-2 UT lead. The home run was the fifth of the
campaign for Venable. Tennessee would tack on four more runs in the fourth
before the game was called by the mercy rule after the top of the fifth
inning. Despite pitching well, senior pitcher Jackie Beavers left the
contest before she could qualify for the decision. In 2.2 innings, Beavers
allowed four runs off seven USC hits. Pitching 1.2 innings of
relief, Poole evened her record at 5-5 while McMillin took the loss and
dropped to 10-5 on the year.
The Lady Vols finished their weekend action with a single game versus the
Lady Gamecocks on Sunday. The game began at 1 p.m. at Tyson Park. Results
of the game were not available at press time.
UT, USC split softball games
Published: Mon Apr 03, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:12 p.m.