Badly needing a split of its twinbill against Western Division foe Arkansas
after falling in Friday's opener, the Lady Vol softball team was stopped by
the UA pitching duo Tammy Kincaid and Jennifer Bottoms and endured a 5-3
loss to complete its visit to Fayetteville.
Jim Beitia's squad, 27-28 overall, now drops to 0-4 all-time at Lady' Back
Yard and sees its conference record fall to an abysmal 5-16. The home team
improved to 34-27 and 13-11 in the league with the pair of triumphs and
extended its winning skein over UT to four games.
Kincaid would fan seven and surrender four hits in her five innings of work
to pick up her third consecutive win against the Lady Vols. Now 17-12, the
righty stopped UT twice at last year's SEC Tournament.
Bottoms would hurl the sixth and seventh innings in relief to notch her
third save of 2000.
For the second time on the day, Tennessee broke into the scoring column
during its initial at bat.
Junior Janette Koshell laced a two-out single up the middle off Kincaid and
then had a successful swipe of second base. Soon after, senior Amanda
Venable's grounder was misplayed for an error, allowing Koshell to score
the unearned run and give the Orange a 1-0 lead.
The Lady' Back would push across three runs in the third stanza on four
hits off UT starter Leslie Poole to assume a 3-1 cushion.
Sheri Wahrmund led off with a smash to the deepest part of the park for a
triple and Dana Gulick would leg out an infield hit with one down to give
the hosts runners on the corners. After Gulick advanced to second on
catcher's indifference, Jen Cirigliano poked a two-run single to put
Arkansas ahead, 2-1.
Following a liner that was snared by Venable for out number two, Danica
Howlett would thread a triple down the right field line to plate Cirigliano
with Arkansas' third run.
The Lady Vols would load the bases with one down in the fourth and appeared
to be in position to get right back into the game against Kincaid.
Sophomore Maria Torres started the frame with a single to right and was
then replaced by freshman pinch runner Stephanie Humphrey. A one-out
fielder's choice by sophomore Adrianna Wilson would give UT a pair of
runners aboard and junior Annie Fletcher reached on an infield error to
fill the sacks.
However, Kincaid would rebound to induce pop-outs by senior Nadia Cameron
and April Phillips to halt the threat.
UA would tack on another run in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Brett
Erickson that plated Aly Sartini. Sartini had opened the inning by reaching
an a Tennessee miscue and went to second on a sacrifice by Kincaid. A
single by Wahrmund into left pushed the runner over to third before
Erickson came up.
Lady Vols lose crucial game
Published: Mon May 01, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:15 p.m.