Softball Falls to No. 6 Tennessee, 11-0

by Matt Dunaway
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Softball Falls to No. 6 Tennessee, 11-0

BATON ROUGE – Lauren Gibson posted a 3-for-4 effort with a pair of home runs and seven RBIs to power No. 6 Tennessee to an 11-0 victory over the No. 21 LSU softball team Saturday as 1,260 fans gathered at Tiger Park. 

Ivy Renfroe also tossed a four-hitter and added five strikeouts against one walk to improve to 13-3 on the season. In the process, the Lady Vols (37-6, 14-4 SEC) won their ninth straight contest.

Gibson belted a solo shot to straight-away centerfield to put Tennessee ahead 1-0 in the second inning.

LSU (26-14, 8-8 SEC) had its best scoring opportunity in the home half of the frame after Juliana Santos and Tammy Wray ripped consecutive one-out singles. Two batters later, Cassie Trosclair struck out swinging on a 3-2 offering to keep the score at 1-0. 

The Lady Vols used that momentum and posted five runs during the third inning. Gibson’s second dinger, a grand slam placed on the left field berm, capped a five-run frame and made it 6-0.

“It was all Tennessee,” head coach Yvette Girouard said. “When I came out and saw the flags flying like that, I knew it was a going to be a favorable day for the offenses. I think that first home run would have been in the park any other day.”

Tiffany Shaw paced the Tigers with a 2-for-3 performance and a stolen base from the top of the lineup. It was her team-leading eighth multi-hit game of the season.

After adding an unearned run in the fourth inning, Gibson laced a two-run double into the left centerfield gap followed by a Jessica Spigner two-run homer for the final margin of 11-0.

Rachele Fico was dealt the loss and surrendered seven runs, six earned, on six hits during her six innings of work. She worked her way to nine strikeouts, but fell to 10-9 for the season with the setback.

“Tomorrow is another day,” Girouard said. “You should go find the black box, and come back tomorrow because you’re going to say things that you don’t want to say. You can’t fix it right now in the heat of the moment, and everyone is frustrated. You just have to try to come back again and try to take a game off of them.”

Sunday’s series finale is slated for 12 p.m. with live video, 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.

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
No. 6 Tennessee at No. 21 LSU
April 16, 2011

LSU HEAD COACH YVETTE GIROUARD
On Tennessee’s offense …
“It was all Tennessee. When I came out and saw the flags flying like that, I knew it was a going to be a favorable day for the offenses. I think that first home run would have been in the park any other day.”

On talking to the team after the game …
“Tomorrow is another day. You should go find the black box, and come back tomorrow because you’re going to say things that you don’t want to say. You can’t fix it right now in the heat of the moment, and everyone is frustrated. You just have to try to come back again and try to take a game off of them.”