Lady Vols shut out South Carolina, 5-0, advance to tourney semis

Lady Vols shut out South Carolina, 5-0, advance to tourney semis

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (UT/WATE) - The No. 2 Seed Lady Vols Softball team made quick work of No. 10 seed South Carolina.  Lauren Gibson had an RBI double and Kat Dotson hammered a solo home run in the first to set the tone early.  Ellen Renfroe fanned six over seven shutout frames to help Tennessee shut down the Gamecocks, 5-0, in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.

Tennessee (44-9) enjoyed a three-run first inning and added runs in the third and the fifth to control the game from start to finish while Renfroe and the UT defense contained South Carolina (32-23) to extend the Lady Vols' streak to 25 straight wins against the Gamecocks.

Gibson was 2-for-2 with an RBI double, one run, two walks and a stolen base. Dotson was 2-for-2 with a solo homer. Raven Chavanne went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs. Madison Shipman and Cheyanne Tarango each drove in one run.

Renfroe (16-4) was outstanding in the circle, tallying six strikeouts over seven shutout frames. She demonstrated great command, painting the corners of the strike zone beautifully.

Tennessee will now face Missouri (34-10) in the SEC Tournament semifinals on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU and there will be a live audio feed on UTSports.com

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