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.