Softball gets win over Austin Peay

Ralph Weekly (Lady Vols Media Relations)

The No. 17 Tennessee Lady Vols (20-5) dominated the Austin Peay Lady Govs (5-15) from the start using a five-run first inning followed by a four-run second frame en route to a 10-0 victory in five innings.

Austin Peay is now 0-17 vs. Tennessee all-time.

Tennessee's offense has been consistently productive, and it showed against the Lady Govs.

"Our offense has been very good, very consistent all year long even against top 15 teams," Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly said. "We've scored a lot of runs. I have a lot of confidence in our offense."

Eight different players had at least one of Tennessee's 12 hits, and eight different players crossed the plate. Senior Tiffany Huff capped the scoring in the third inning by blasting a home run onto the scoreboard.

Every player on Tennessee's roster except Cat Hosfield saw game action in one way or another. They all contributed positively in a full team effort from the coach's point of view.

"It was really neat to see every person on our team get a chance to play," Weekly said. "That takes a little manipulating in five innings, but we got everybody in. Everybody got a shot. I was proud of everybody."

Freshman Ivy Renfroe got the starting nod in the circle, and she came out pitching well. She struck out four batters in two innings while not allowing any base runners. The coaches then opted to use sophomore Jessica Spigner in relief for the third and fourth innings. Freshman Andi Williamson closed out the final frame. Combined, the three only gave up two hits.

"We wanted to get Jessica Spigner some time because she's gonna do some pitching for us," Weekly said. "Cat Hosfield is fine. We just gave her the day off. She'll be ready to go on Saturday."

Tennessee's next game is against No. 6 Georgia on Saturday, March 20, at 1 p.m. Eastern. It will be televised by CSS.

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