The No. 7 Tennessee softball team won one game in weekend tournament action after rain canceled the majority of the games.
    
“It was unfortunate to have three of our games rained out,” co-head coach Karen Weekly said. “We should have had played five games but only got to play two.”
    
After the rain moved out, the Lady Vols lost to No. 13 Texas 3-2 in nine innings on Sunday after the game was rescheduled from the Saturday rain-out.
   
 Tennessee took a one-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth. With international rules in place, which puts a runner on second base at the beginning of the inning, Texas belted a two-run, inside-the-park home run to win the game with two outs.
   
 Tennessee took the lead when Lauren Gibson drove in a run in the top of the fifth. Senior Ashley Andrews finished 3-for-4 with a clutch RBI in the top of the ninth to give the Big Orange a 2-1 lead.
   
 The game was a pitching duel that had to be decided in extra innings. Sophomore Ellen Renfroe pitched eight innings, giving up one run for UT. Junior Ivy Renfroe suffered the loss, giving up the one hit in the final inning.
    
“It was a tough loss,” Karen Weekly said. “We were in the position to win the game, and we told them we were really proud of how hard they fought. We can’t just look at the last pitch to evaluate the whole game.”
    
With the tournament brackets being rearranged all weekend, new schedules were released each day because of the changing weather. The Lady Vols were scheduled to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers, but that game was also canceled due to rain.
   
 Tennessee took on Illinois on Friday, winning the offensive battle 10-7 over the Fighting Illini. Tennessee notched 12 hits during a constant drizzle, which led to sloppy playing conditions.
    
“Today was a tough day weather-wise for all the pitchers in this game with cold temperatures and a near constant drizzle falling,” Lady Vol co-head coach Ralph Weekly said.
   
 Leading the charge for the Lady Vols was junior Lauren Gibson going 3-for-3, hitting her second career grand slam and grabbing five RBIs.
    
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, Illinois scored four unanswered runs. But the Lady Vols fought back and controlled the lead for the rest of the game.
    
“It’s a credit to our young team for fighting through the adversity and coming out with a win,” Ralph Weekly said.
    
Ivy Renfroe (1-1) got the win, coming in as a reliever and getting her first win of the season with five strikeouts in three innings. Madison Shipman went 2-3 with an RBI and a solo home run.
    
Tennessee has been playing on the road since Feb. 9, starting in Arizona, then continuing around the United States.
    
“We do it every year,” Karen Weekly said. “Our seniors are handling it very well. It’s a challenge for our freshmen, getting into the routine. It’s a necessity with the weather we have in February.”
   
 Along with playing on the road, playing in hostile environments prepares the team for the tough SEC play that lies ahead for the Lady Volunteers.
   
 The Lady Vols make one more tournament appearance in Clearwater, Fla. this weekend, then return for their season home opener at the end of February.