After maintaining a spotless record to open the season, the Lady Vols suffered their first loss of the season Thursday afternoon against BYU, 6-3, in the opening game of the San Diego Classic tournament in San Diego, Calif.
However, the losing ways didn't stick with UT for long.
Tennessee (15-1) roared back in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday night and took down San Diego State, 3-1.
This would be the last game the Lady Vols would play on their California weekend trip as rain cancelled games against Colorado State, Fresno State, Utah State and Utah.
The Lady Vols will now return to Knoxville for the team's home opener – a doubleheader against Wright State with first pitches scheduled for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – on Wednesday at Lee Stadium.
Against the Cougars, UT sophomore pitcher Erin Gabriel struggled early, giving up a three-run homerun in the first inning to Katie Manuma.
The Lady Vols responded in the bottom half of the first with a two-run homerun from senior shortstop Madison Shipman.
Junior Cheyanne Tarango pitched in relief for Gabriel after the first inning and threw five scoreless innings. However, in the top of the seventh, Tarango gave up back-to-back homeruns to McKenzie St. Clair and Manuma that pushed the BYU lead to 5-3.
The Cougars pushed home another run on a wild pitch and shut the Lady Vols down in the bottom half of the seventh to clinch the victory.
Later that evening, two familiar seniors – pitcher Ellen Renfroe, left fielder Melissa Davin and Shipman – powered the Lady Vols to their 3-1 victoy over the Aztecs.
Shipman blasted another two-run homerun and Renfroe delivered seven innings of one-run ball, tacking on six strikeouts and pushing her record on the season to 9-0.