Softball?s 11-Game Winning Streak Halted

by Matt Dunaway
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Softball?s 11-Game Winning Streak Halted

BATON ROUGE – The No. 21 LSU softball team had its 11-game winning streak come to a close as SEC frontrunner and No. 6 Tennessee claimed a 6-0 victory Friday in-front of 1,326 fans at Tiger Park.

Brittany Mack went the distance and recorded 12 strikeouts for her third double digit Ks performance in her last four outings. She allowed six runs, two earned, on six hits and dropped to 10-4 on the season.

After a scoreless first three innings, the Lady Vols (36-6, 13-4 SEC) made the most of a one-out error by LSU first baseman Heidi Pizer along with a walk and a hit batter. On a 0-1 pitch, Madison Shipman cleared the bases with her third home run of the season deposited on the left field berm to hand Tennessee a 4-0 edge.

“We just made a mistake,” head coach Yvette Girouard said. “We got ourselves in a jam, and we always say with (Brittany) Mack, she’s got to work ahead. Good lord that girl [Shipman] crushed it. The glaring thing about Tennessee is that their SEC stats are comparable to their non-conference stats unlike a lot of other teams.”

“It was a little high, but it goes to show what mistakes can do to you,” Mack said. “That would have helped us get out of the inning, but it was my fault because I loaded the bases up. I take full responsibility for that. We have to make sure we take care of everything else.”

Tennessee tacked on two insurance runs in the fifth inning for the final margin of 6-0. Shelby Burchell platted both runs on a single through the right side. Raven Chavanne also garnered a 3-for-4 performance from the top of the Lady Vols lineup.

In the circle, Ellen Renfroe was touched up for a trio of singles and notched 12 strikeouts against two walks to improve to 20-2 for the season.

Lauren Houston, Ashley Langoni and Tiffany Shaw tallied the hits for the Tigers (26-13, 8-7 SEC). 

“They had us completely baffled, I don’t want to take any credit away from (Ellen) Renfroe,” Girouard said. “She had us completely off balance. Her change-up was great. We swung at pitches that weren’t even close to being strikes.”

Game two of the series is on-tap for Saturday at 11 a.m. with live audio and live stats available in the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net. The contest also will be carried live on ESPN 104.5 FM with Patrick Wright calling the action.

The middle game of the three-game set will be televised by ESPN2 with Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza serving as the announcing team. In-game updates are provided via the program’s social media pages at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and www.Twitter.com/LSU_Softball.
 
The Tiger Park Ticket Booth opens 90 minutes prior to first pitch. Fans can purchase tickets on-site starting at $5 for adult general admission. Tickets also are available online at www.LSUtix.net.

Softball Postgame Quotes
April 15, 2011
No. 6 Tennessee vs. No. 21 LSU

HEAD COACH YVETTE GIROUARD

On the grand slam…
“We got ourselves in a jam with walk and the hit batter. We always say with (Brittany) Mack, she’s got to work ahead. She got herself in a jam, and good lord that girl [Madison Shipman] crushed it. They present us with all kind of problems offensively. I feel that their slappers are some of the best in the game.”

On the Lady Vols’ offense…
“We just made a mistake. We got ourselves in a jam and made a mistake on a pitch. They capitalized on it. The glaring thing about Tennessee was that their SEC stats are comparable to their non-conference stats unlike a lot of other teams.”

On their pitching…
“They had us completely baffled, I don’t want to take any credit away from (Ellen) Renfroe. She had us completely off balance. Her change-up was great. We swung at pitches that weren’t even close to being strikes. We know what pitchers are going to throw, but they know what we’re going to throw.”

On team’s energy for tomorrow…
“It is going to be a quick turnaround. I’m never concerned about energy, just offense. We have to work way so hard for our runs.”

On Tammy Wray
“We’ve tried to give her the slap just to get her going. We don’t have any more options. We don’t have any other players left. Even with (Juliana) Santos gone tonight, there aren’t any subs left.”

PITCHER BRITTANY MACK

On the grand slam…
“It was a little high, but it goes to show what mistakes can do to you. That would have helped us get out of the inning, but it was my fault because I loaded the bases up. I take full responsibility for that. We have to make sure we take care of everything else.”

On tonight’s game…
“I believe that we all weren’t there. I know we can beat this team. Tomorrow we need to come out and get closer to winning the series. We need to come out with full energy tomorrow.”

On Tennessee’s lineup…
“The one thing that I noticed is that this team did the opposite of Alabama. They were waiting for the change. I threw my hard stuff, and they weren’t touching it. That is a good thing. I knew how to throw to them. I told (Rachele) Fico what to throw to them and when to stay away from them. She’s going to come out tomorrow and know exactly what to throw.”