The No. 3 Lady Volunteer softball team continued their undefeated start as they beat the Cal State Fullerton Titans on Tuesday, 8-4.
The Titans came into the game receiving votes in the USA Today softball poll, but senior shortstop Madison Shipman and sophomore first baseman Lexi Overstreet each crushed first inning home runs – Shipman with a solo shot and Overstreet with a three-run blast – to get the Lady Vols off to a good start.
Senior starting pitcher Ellen Renfroe moved to 8-0 on the season as she tossed her seventh complete game of the season.
The reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week fanned nine and allowed six hits – three of which were home runs.
Her four earned runs – two of which came in the bottom of the seventh inning – are the most she has allowed all season, but her offense provided enough firepower to pick up the victory.
Tennessee drew nine walks in the contest, as well.
"I really like our offensive numbers tonight," Co-Head Coach Karen Weekly said. "(We had) nine walks and we've been talking a lot about having good at-bats, and when you get up there looking for your pitch and being aggressive, the walks take care of themselves, and that's what happened tonight. I definitely liked the power production of our team. Six of our runs came off of the home run and most of those were preceded by walks, so I really liked seeing that."
Annie Aldrete hit her second career home run in the fourth inning and continued her success in her home state of California, going 1-for-2 and driving in three runs. During UT's West Coast road trip, the freshman has gone 8-for-15 (.533) at the plate and driven in six runs in their five games thus far.
"It's really fun playing in my home state, so I think that has really boosted my confidence and my comfort level," Aldrete said. "I'm just really excited to be out here in California."
The Lady Vols will now look to cap off their week-long California visit, as they travel south to play in the San Diego Classic.
Tennessee will begin the classic today with a doubleheader against BYU at 4 p.m. EST, and the host, San Diego State, at 9 p.m.
On Friday, UT will play the Colorado State Rams at 2:30 p.m., and they will close out their Golden State trek on Saturday with a doubleheader against Fresno State – who they beat 5-4 on Feb. 23 – at noon and Utah at 5 p.m.