KNOXVILLE (UT Sports) - Tennessee and Alabama put on a quite a show in a nationally-televised matchup on Saturday as the Lady Vols rallied from a three-run deficit to punch their sixth ticket the Women's College World Series with a 5-3 triumph over the Crimson Tide in front of a sold-out crowd.
"First of all, I'm extremely happy and extremely proud to coach the Tennessee Lady Vols," Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. "For the seniors, to go to the World Series three out of four years they were here is a fantastic achievement. I'm just really proud of our kids. It's all about them. Coaches, they don't play. They don't throw balls. They don't hit balls. They don't run. They just coach. These kids did all of it and all of the credit goes to them.
The Lady Vols (49-10) combined for three sacrifice flies in a gritty game where five different players stepped up with key RBI knocks. Melissa Brown went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Tory Lewis went 2-for-2 with one walk and one run.
Ivy Renfroe (21-4) earned the win after striking out four over four frames and allowed three runs. Cheyanne Tarango, pitching in a game for the first time since April 20 at Ole Miss, tossed a scoreless fifth in relief. Ellen Renfroe rang up three strikeouts over two scoreless relief frames to earn the save.
Jackie Traina (19-8) tossed 5.1 innings with four runs allowed and one strikeout. Leslie Jury threw 1.2 relief frames with one earned run allowed.