March 11, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Western Carolina softball (9-14) dropped a single game, in five innings, with No. 2 Tennessee (22-2) 15-0 Tuesday at Lee Stadium.
The Catamounts halted Lady Vol shortstop Madison Shipman's 20-game hitting streak. The .429 hitter had hit safely from Feb. 14 until the game against Western Carolina on March 11.
Tennessee struck early, scoring three runs in the first inning. After freshman Catamount hurler Courtney Buchanan got the first out, she gave up a single to Melissa Davin who promptly stole second. With two outs, Annie Aldrete hit an RBI single and she scored when Lexi Overstreet hit a two run homerun over the left field fence.
The Lady Vols tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the second. Buchanan got a Catamount strike out to open the inning. A pair of Catamount errors and three hits, along with Buchanan walking a batter with the bases loaded, allowed the Lady Vols to add the three runs.
Sophomore Amber Kimrey broke up Lady Vol pitcher Ellen Renfroe's no-hitter attempt when she beat out a single in the top of the third. Kimrey was the Catamounts' first base runner of the game and a pair of strikeouts by Renfroe and Kimrey caught attempting to steal second to end the Catmaounts' half of the third.
UT continued the scoring adding nine runs in the bottom of the third. Buchanan was relieved on the mound by sophomore Catamount pitcher Mallory Broome who gave up a grand-slam in the inning. With just one out, Broome was pulled for junior Jordan Garrett who inherited a runner on first. Garrett gave up three hits and two runs before ending the inning by striking out Hannah Devotie.
Sophomore Catamount shortstop Karley Harkey kept her hitting streak alive getting a single past second base in the top of the fourth. Harkey has hit safely in the last eight games.
Garrett got Western Carolina's only three up and three down inning in the bottom of the fourth.
Buchanan suffers her first loss of the season falling to 4-1 going two innings giving up seven hits, six earned runs and striking out one. Broome went 0.1 innings, giving up seven runs on four hits and walking two. Garrett went 1.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits and striking out one.
Western Carolina opens Southern Conference play when it hosts Elon for a three-game series beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Catamount Softball Complex.