After dropping its series opener for the second consecutive week, the No. 4 Tennessee Lady Vols softball team bounced back to take the series against the No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies.
With the team trailing 3-1 and in danger of losing its second straight weekend series, freshman Annie Aldrete came through, delivering a three-run home run in the top of the fifth to push the Lady Vols ahead for good, eventually securing a 5-3 victory on Sunday to move to 35-6 (11-4 SEC) on the season.
The win pushed the Lady Vols to a perfect 11-0 record on Sundays this year.
On the mound, Ellen Renfroe improved to 23-3 after striking out six, while allowing three runs in a complete game effort, marking the 22nd time she's gone the distance this season.
Sophomore Haley Tobler went a perfect 3-for-3 hitting, capping off a weekend that saw her bat .750 (6-for-8).
Saturday's performance, however, was the much more dominating response to their series-opening loss.
The Lady Vols crushed five home runs, tying a Tennessee school record set back on April 25, 1999, en route to a 15-2 victory in a run-ruled five innings of work.
Senior Madison Shipman was responsible for two of those five home runs, pushing her weekly total to five and her season tally to 14. Freshman Megan Geer, junior Cheyanne Tarango and Aldrete each added home runs as well.
"My swing is feeling good, and it's one of those times where the ball looks like it's the size of a beach ball right now," Shipman said in a university release. "I'm just going to try and keep that up."
The Lady Vols wouldn't be forced to keep bouncing back, though, if they didn't keep dropping openers.
The Aggies scored three in the first inning thanks to a three-run shot by Cassie Tysarczyk.
From then on it was all Aggies.
Texas A&M's Rachel Fox was dominate, earning the win after striking out eight and allowing one earned run – a sole blast from Shipman.
Tennessee now shifts its focus to Eastern Kentucky Colonels, who UT will match up with on Tuesday inside Sheri Parker Lee Stadium at 6 p.m.