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WCWS: Tennessee eliminates Texas

Solo home run, bases-loaded walk all Volunteers need to send Longhorns packing
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: June 2, 2013
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photo - Tennessee celebrates their as Texas' Brejae Washington walks off the field during Women's College World Series softball game at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Sunday, June, 2, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman Download
Tennessee celebrates their as Texas' Brejae Washington walks off the field during Women's College World Series softball game at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Sunday, June, 2, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman Download

Texas pitcher Blaire Luna gave up just three hits.

One of those hits was big: a solo-home run in the first inning.

And then Luna walked home another run in the sixth inning.

That’s all Tennessee needed toe eliminate Texas 2-1 in the 2013 Women’s College World Series on Sunday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Tennessee is first team to make this year’s WCWS championship round. The Volunteers (52-10) will face the winner of Washington-Oklahoma, which was being played at press time.

The first game of Sunday’s second session was one of clean fielding and superb pitching. While Tennessee’s starting pitcher, Ivy Renfroe, struck out six in 4.2 innings, Luna struck out 11 in seven innings. Neither team recorded an error.

The first hit of the game came in the third at-bat. Luna faced Tennessee’s Lauren Gibson. She lined a home run to the left field bleachers.

“I just went up there looking for a good pitch to hit,” Gibson said. “I saw it, and I hit it.”

The game remained quiet until the fifth inning, when Tennessee’s Ellen Renfroe got her sister Ivy out of a tough situation.

“Maybe a little,” Ivy Renfroe said of her nerves. “Maybe thinking a little too much. Thanks to Ellen for coming in and having my back with all the other outs that she had to get.”

With two runners on and two out, Ellen Renfroe was brought in to convert on the last out. She ended up working out of the jam, getting Texas’ Brejae Washington to hit a dribbler to the first baseman.

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