KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The 10th-seeded Georgia softball team fell to No. 7 seed Tennessee 3-2 in the first game of the Knoxville Super Regional at Lee Softball Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Erin Arevalo (26-8) took the loss after going all six innings and allowing six hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. Tennessee’s Ivy Renfroe (24-8) also allowed six hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in her complete game.
Tennessee (51-11) broke the scoreless game by taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. 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 (44-16) closed the gap at 3-2. Senior Kristyn Sandberg singled to right center and senior Ashley Razey’s double to left put pinch-runner Macie Couey on 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.
Today will be the deciding day of which team will go to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series. Game 2 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 televised by ESPN.