Lady Vols break school record in 12-0 victory over Virginia Tech
Knoxville (WATE)- The Lady Vols softball team is one step closer to the College World Series after shutting out Virginia Tech 12-0 on Saturday.
Tennessee hit six home runs against the Hokies setting a new school record. Freshman Annie Aldrete, hit two of those homers and tied Lauren Gibson's single-season home run record of 19 set in 2013.
"We try to keep our foot on the pedal the whole time," said Aldrete after the win. "Virginia Tech and every team in this tournament is a great team so if you let up for one inning, they can come back. We are excited but at the end of the day we're all focused on one thing and that's to win."
Aldrete fired out a 2-run home run in the first to set the pace for the Lady Vols. She sent a solo home run to left center in the second, and finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs and 3 RBIs. Megan Geer slammed a 3-run homer in the second, marking her first homer since April 12 against Texas A&M.
Sophomore Lexi Overstreet smacked a 3-run home run at the top of the third to give UT a 9-0 lead, while sophomore Rainey Gaffin followed with a solo HR, stretching the Lady Vols' lead to 10-0. Madison Shipman capped of the third inning with a 2-run homer, marking the sixth home run for Tennessee in the game to break the UT single-game homerun record.
"We have not had a team put up these kinds of numbers over two days against quality teams," said Lady Vols' Co-Head Coach Karen Weekly. "Virginia Tech is a good team. I think our team is pretty locked in and they need to stay focused through the rest of the weekend."