KNOXVILLE (UT Sports) - A walk-off triple by
Rainey Gaffin to deep right center field in the bottom of the 11th
inning brought Cheyanne Tarango around to score from first base and gave
the Tennessee softball team a 1-0 victory over NC
State to stay perfect in NCAA Tournament play Saturday.
The 11-inning game matched the longest game in
Tennessee history and marked the seventh time the Lady Vols have played
into the 11th inning. It was just the second time UT has reached the
11-inning mark in the NCAA Tournament, the only
other time coming against No. 1 Michigan on June 5, 2005 in the Women's
College World Series.
Ellen Renfroe kept the Lady Vols (46-10) in the
game over the course of the 3 hour and 23 minute contest. She compiled
13 strikeouts against the Wolfpack (34-19-1) on the day, on off of her
season high (14), including six in inning ending,
Renfroe picked up her sixth shutout of the year in her longest outing of the season pitching all 11 innings for the Lady Vols.
Gaffin's lone hit on the day was the game changer
while Tarango laced her lone hit down the rightfield line to start off
the 11th inning.
The Lady Vols stay in the winner's bracket of the
Knoxville Regional and will return to action on Sunday afternoon to face
the winner of Saturday's late game at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.