May 26, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--The No. 10 overall seed University of Georgia softball team fell to No. 7 overall seed University of Tennessee 3-2 in the first game of the Knoxville Super Regional at Lee Softball Stadium on Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 1,822.
After the game, Georgia moves its record to 44-16 while Tennessee improves its season mark to 51-11.
Senior Erin Arevalo (26-8) took the loss after going all six innings to give up six hits and strike out seven with three walks. UT's Ivy Renfroe (24-8) also allowed six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in her complete game.
UT broke the scoreless game by taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom third. Tory Lewis started the inning with a full-count walk before making her way to third after a Raven Chavanne sacrifice bunt and Madison Shipman single. Shipman then stole second before Shelby Burchell batted both runs in with a single to left center.
The Lady Vols extended their lead by a run in the fourth inning to make it a 3-0 game. Melissa Brown took a 1-1 pitch through the right side for an opening single before Hannah Trainer came in as a pinch runner. A sacrifice bunt advanced Trainer to second while Chavanne's single brought Trainer home.
With three hits in the sixth inning, including two doubles, Georgia closed the UT gap at 3-2. Senior Kristyn Sandberg put a single to right center, as senior Ashley Razey's double to left put pinch runner Macie Couey to third. Junior Christine Olney followed with a RBI-double to left while freshman Niaja Griffin's groundout brought in the final run from pinch runner Tiesha Reed.
Sunday will be the deciding day of which team will go to Oklahoma City for the Women's College World Series. Game two of the series will start at 1 p.m. with the if-necessary game taking place at 3:30 p.m. Both games will be featured on ESPN as well as radio coverage on WGAU.